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What journals/websites do mathematicians have to check frequently?

There are so many news and publications updated online everyday. What are some must-read journals or websites? Such as AMS notices, or Arxiv.org? On one hand, I want some comprehensive news and the ...
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How should I start learning Actuarial Science? [closed]

I recently completed my under-graduate studies in pure mathematics, and have been accepted for Masters at one of the top 10 math schools. I have great interest in research and would like to continue ...
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Can I do research just because I am able to? [closed]

I hesitated to ask this question since it may not relevant to this website, but I saw a question of same category here but still I couldn't find some answer .. (EDIT - while despite that question, my ...
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How can you return to studying/researching pure mathematics from degree level theoretical physics?

I understand this question is subjective, but I'm looking for factual answers, preferably from people who have done or tried to do the same thing within the UK (a.k.a "This is what I/my friend did" ...
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Is Mathematics a branch of “Natural Science”? [closed]

Actually, I was seeking for top universities, which has mathematics depart, in Pakistan and I found one, namely Quaid-i-Azam University. Which is known for its Education in "Natural Science". Then I ...
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Machine Learning and Probability/Stochastics

Main question: What connections are there between machine learning and stochastics (Probability theory, analysis, processes, SDEs)? Background: I've just been accepted into a master's programme for ...
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Which mathematical topics should an applied math major know to be employable in industry? [closed]

Question I'm a junior majoring in applied math computation at UCLA, and I was wondering what exactly constitutes a viable mathematics education? That is, what kinds of mathematical topics should an ...
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Referencing a Theorem in a Paper?

I'm making the final edits for a paper and I have a question more about the etiquette. I want to use a theorem from another paper and its obvious I have to cite it, but do I need to prove it too? I ...
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How to understand if one is eligible for research?

What are the eligibility criteria for one to undergo research in Mathematics? Or should I place the question as what virtues of a student are given importance when one is interviewed for a PhD ...
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Career Advice: I love Abstract Algebra and Analysis… What should I do?

I love discrete things as much as continous things... Does a PhD in Abstract Algebra necessarily mean abandoning continuous objects, integral etc.? Or Does a PhD in Analysis necessarily mean ...
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Does it make sense to learn any other language except English, being a mathematician? [closed]

Would it be an advantage for a committed modern day research mathematicians to learn any foreign language? Are there works in Russian, French, or any other foreign language being produced or that have ...
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Advice on mathematical cources and profession

I am a class 9 student studying in India. I deeply love mathematics and I am aspiring to become a mathematician ( I am aiming for research and development). My hobbies include learning and trying to ...
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Potential Careers in Math For Someone with Testing Disability

I've been studying math for several years (Bachelor's in pure mathematics) at university, and so far, I've been receiving excellent scores on the homework exercises (over 95% average) in all subjects ...
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PDEs in industry [closed]

Doing my undergrad now and having mostly focused on PDEs and Analysis, I wanted to do a internship in the summer. However, I have not studies any applied maths or coding. Where can I actually use my ...
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How to tackle the depression and frustration regarding math? [closed]

I'm a high school student and it is my last year at school. I've always loved math from the core of my heart. Last year, I prepared a lot for the National olympiad. I cleared the regionals smoothly ...
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Opportunities for Mathematicians to Work in Biological/Disease Areas

Yesterday, I was reading some of the question Can I Use My Powers for Good? and it got me thinking. It's quite an old question (3 years), so I don't want to resurrect it and also my own question's ...
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How important is the own talent for research of your PhD supervisor? [closed]

Currently I am in the process of finding a PhD. Some potential supervisors are more didactical than others, some are nicer and warmer than others, and some are more famous mathematicians than others. ...
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How to select the right books?

As the saying goes, "Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish, feed him for life." I've always had a problem with selecting appropriate books. It could be a problem that I'm a ...
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Still forget even if theorem-proof “self-discovered”; Importance of intuition/proficiency of concepts in research work… [closed]

It is widely said if we go through concepts/theorems/proof on our own by actively doing instead of passively reading, the idea will be ingrained in mind. I agree with that, it really often helps. ...
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Advice for Math Majors -What to do if you come into college with a lot of college credit? [closed]

In high school I was a good maths student and took AP Calculus BC my freshman year and got a 5 and then took Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Introduction to ...
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How to submit a conjecture for review?

I was recently attempting to solve one of the more known, already proved, problems in mathematics when I stumbled across an observation I thought might be worth digging into further. Unfortunately I ...
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For those wanting to study theoretical computer science, is Math a degree that worth more than Computer Science? [closed]

At my University, everyone first enrol in a Science and Technology, a very general course, and then choose the specialisation (like Computer Science, Math, some Engineering, etc). As I was finishing ...
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How useful is Web Development to a Mathematician? [closed]

I'd like to ask for a career advice here if that's ok. I've graduated as an engineer in 2010 and recently got offered a place on the Computation Mathematics program in a university in the UK, entry in ...
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I lost my love of math; I'm getting it back. How can I determine if math is actually right for me? [closed]

This question has been on my mind for a very long time, and I thought I'd finally ask it here. When I was 6, my dad pulled me out of school. The classes were too easy; the professors, too dull. ...
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Pure Mathematics to Actuarial Science. [closed]

I did my undergraduate in pure mathematics and recently after a three year break I decided to get a master's degree in Actuarial Science. I am in the second week of classes and I feel completely lost. ...
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Actuarial Science or Financial Mathematics? [closed]

I’m a second year undergraduate student of Actuarial Science that equally loves finance and pure mathematics. I only knew of Actuarial Science as a career that suited best these two requirements ...
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Pure mathematics in our society

Is there some book or essay which deals with the sociological and economical justification of doing and funding pure mathematics? I'm looking for a modern version of Hardy's A Mathematician's Apology, ...
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Mathematics teaching positions in the UK [closed]

crossposted to http://academia.stackexchange.com/questions/24065/mathematics-teaching-position-in-the-uk I hold a PhD in pure mathematics and am looking for mathematics teaching positions in the UK, ...
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having great difficulty in understanding long math problems ! any advices !!! please [closed]

I'm not an English origin I'm good at direct math exercises But I'm having great difficulty in understanding long math problems Such as described below Which contains many sentences and many terms ...
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Research Area Choice: PDE vs Optimization [closed]

I am on track to starting in applied math PhD this coming Fall. My area of interest is PDE where I have a strong background and have even published a paper. It seems the particular area of PDE I am ...
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Using math to help people [duplicate]

So I am currently a graduate student at the University of Colorado. I love math. From calculus to category theory to everything in between, I have tried and, for the most part, loved it. However, I ...
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Are there computer requirements other than basic C++ for being accepted to a graduate program in Non-Linear Dynamics? [closed]

Ladies and Gentlemen I am currently studying applied mathematics and statistics. I am more than just a little bit interested in studying non-linear dynamics at a graduate level. I was wondering if, ...
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Transferring into an elite graduate school [closed]

Is there any hope of transferring into a more prestigious PhD program in a different field?(math to physics, or math to applied math) Are there any prestigious PhD programs that look favorably on an ...
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Making modular representation theory and cohomology 'compelling' and 'accesible'

I'm currently putting together an application for a dissertation completion fellowship offered through my university. A part of the application includes 500-1000 words describing my dissertation. ...
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I'm a teenager hoping to become a mathematician, but math isn't my forte. Is it possible? [duplicate]

I am a sophomore in high school and have discovered the joys of mathematics. However,due to sheer irony, at times I find the subject difficult. I am what one could label "lopsided" in my faculties, ...
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What will I be doing? [closed]

I'm a freshman studying discrete mathematics B.sc. It's easy to google ''typical mathematician jobs'' and get an idea of what mathematicians do for a living, but what sort of jobs can I expect to work ...
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Big geometry grad schools - for an average applicant [closed]

What are some schools that have a lot of geometry going on, but that might accept some middle-of-the-range applicants? Let me add some context... I left grad school (UC Davis) with an MS in 2012 ...
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Mathematicians don't quit, they fade away [closed]

Edit: This question is now closed for being not related to math, but many people pointed out that becoming an actuary is one of the most viable career path for someone with skills in pure math. Noone ...
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Are all mathematicians human calculators?

I asked my dad why he did not major in math he said "because he is not good at math". I think I like math, and I think I'm ok at it, but I'm not gifted or anything like that, I just like math. I think ...
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Should I pursue a M.S. in Mathematics or a Ph.D? [closed]

I'm looking forward to any advices, but first of all, here's my story: Right now I'm a freshman in high school. I admit it, I love mathematics! However, I suspect that I have ADHD and I can't ...
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Quick questions about studying math and physics? [closed]

Just curious about how people usually self study these subjects. 1) Is it the most efficient to read through the chapters, and write down theorems, definitions, and take notes of important parts and ...
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The odds of studying versus applying a mathematics? [closed]

I went to school to learn programming, but have come to realize that the most fascinating problems are in mathematics or computer science theory. For this reason I am considering studying mathematics ...
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How much mathematicians rely on other results?

When mathematicians do research, do they think every detail so that they know exactly every step what it takes to achieve the result from axioms? Or is it possible to work as a researcher without ...
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Harmonic analysis in number theory

When I was reading Folland's A course in abstract harmonic analysis, I was told these materials have wonderful applications to number theory. However, I do not see really a lot of examples there. Can ...
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What programming languages are used in (chaotic) dynamical systems and nonlinear phenomena research?

I'm currently considering pursuing postgraduate studies in the field of chaos/dynamical systems/nonlinear phenomena, and was wondering whether there are particular programming languages that are ...
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How important are the following undergrad courses when trying to pursue studies in chaos theory/dynamical systems? [closed]

I'm currently a physics major with a year left, and deciding whether to switch into mathematical physics, mathematics or applied mathematics. I'm definitely switching into one of them, as I can meet ...
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How do I sell out with abstract algebra?

My plan as an undergraduate was unequivocally to be a pure mathematician, working as an algebraist as a bigshot professor at a bigshot university. I'm graduating this month, and I didn't get into ...
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Choosing a PhD topic [closed]

My supervisor and I recently had a long chat about PhD related stuff. He said something to the extent that your chances of employment after finishing your PhD among other factors depends on the topic ...
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Is it better to learn math before physics? [closed]

It seems that a persons ability to understand physics at a high level is limited primarily by their understanding of math. It also seems to be more efficient to learn the underlying math for a ...
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Should I be worried that I am doing well in analysis and not well in algebra? [closed]

I attend a mostly liberal arts focused university, in which I was able to test out of an "Introduction to Proofs" class and directly into "Advanced Calculus 1" (Introductory Analysis I) and I loved ...