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Ok, you're 27. Suppose it takes you 7 years to get the mathematics background for CS. Odds are you will still have 50+ years to do the sort of work you want to do with the kind of people you want to work with. [1] And the key is the maths. Once the mathematics gets beyond a person, they can follow along, but can't really do the task independently and mathematics is hard for many people.

But it's nothing that can't be done if you're willing to grind it out. That's probably true for everyone, it's just that some people have the advantage of not knowing they are grinding it out.

Good luck.

[1] And in the Dear Abbey tradition, you'll have 50+ years of not working on things you want to work on with people you want to work with if you don't get the maths under your belt.

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