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Choosing final year project [closed]

I'm studying pure math now yet I would like to develop a career in actuarial science. For my final year project, I can choose to either the topic of probability analysis or statistic. While I know ...
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How useful is Web Development to a Mathematician?

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.

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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Advices on which to choose, uncertainty or certainty?

Currently I am doing my final year project(FYP) on Large-Scale Distributed Storage System, where I apply finite field and coding theory to design new codes which can improve existing codes. I plan to ...
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Actuarial Science or Financial Mathematics?

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

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

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

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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Is Arizona State University known for their applied mathematics REU/PhD program?

I've been accepeted to ASU's NSF REU program for this summer, but I've also been accepted to Mayo as well for their REU (although not technically sponsored by the NSF). Have you guys heard about ...
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Don't feel like I grasp the mathematics I'm supposed to understand

In high school, I used to spend my free time proving the formulas that we were asked to use. I'd prove loads of formulas in Calculus that we never even studied, just because I enjoyed getting to the ...
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Should I drop Differential Equations?

For many years, my university offered only one Bachelor's degree in math, "Bachelor in Mathematical Subjects." Here, Differential Equations is a mandatory part of the degree. Further specialization in ...
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Careers in Mathematics?

I am a college freshman, and I really like to have goals for my life, one of the big ones is my career of choice. Previously, I have always wanted to be a programmer, and I have written a lot of code. ...
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Are there computer requirements other than basic C++ for being accepted to a graduate program in Non-Linear Dynamics?

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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Master in applied mathematics, MA in math, or MS in math?

I have 2 months left before getting my BA in mathematics, and my current GPA is 3.9. I'm thinking to get a master in mathematics. So I can teach math at community college level. I'm not sure what is ...
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Transferring into an elite graduate school

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?

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

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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Application Question - Canadian universities strong in Algebraic geometry?

What are some Canadian universities which have departments with a solid focus on Algebraic Geometry, preferably non-commutative geometry. (P.s.: Does anyone know of any professors in Montreal who ...
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Mathematicians don't quit, they fade away

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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How to choose math courses at uni

I don't know what kind of job I want, but I know I like pure math. It seems people study pure math and then, in the end, realise there is nothing out there for them (jobwise). I don't want this to ...
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To what extent a recommendation letter about teaching will influence the application to math Ph.D program?

I'm currently in a math graduate program in the US and am applying for a Ph.D program in other universities (also in US). The problem of mine is I cannot find enough recommenders. My thought right now ...
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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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What is an acceptable GRE math subject score? [closed]

What is a rough estimate (median or maybe third quartile) on the math subject GRE score for a math program at the PhD level, in applied math, at a Group 2 or Group 3 school? Thanks!
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Should I pursue a M.S. in Mathematics or a Ph.D?

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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Making Math a Job [closed]

As of now, I am pursuing a degree in math with my concentration being mostly on the applied side. I got into a grad level differential equations course over the summer and got an A. That being said, I ...
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Quick questions about studying math and physics?

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?

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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Advice on career- interested in Mathemetics

I am sorry to post this question related to career over here. But I knew this is the place where my question can be viewed by the best people who can provide best advice. To introduce myself, I have ...
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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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Top graduate schools in dynamical systems.

I will be applying to graduate school next fall and I want to start my list of where to apply. I have looked on some of the top graduate schools to see how large of a dynamical systems group they ...
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How important are the following undergrad courses when trying to pursue studies in chaos theory/dynamical systems?

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

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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Taking Graduate Quals as an Undergrad to prepare for Grad School Applications

Sorry in advance if this is not an appropriate thread for this site, but I have seen some similar posts in the past that have garnered quite a bit of discussion. So my question is pretty simple. I ...
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Is it better to learn math before physics?

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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Changing research topics completely when entering graduate school?

In my undergraduate years I mainly focused on analysis, and have done two research projects in analysis. However, when the application results turned out, the best school that gave me an offer is ...
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Pre-test preparation

I'm currently an undergrad in maths and I wanted to know how those who have completed their degrees handled their test preparation. That is, how did you study and how did you manage the anxiety if ...
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Math under time constraints

I'm currently an undergrad math student and I have been wondering if being able to perform well under time constraints requires a deeper knowledge of the material than performing under no time ...
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Problem regarding mathematical skill of a math lover

I don’t know whether it would be a good idea to seek solution for some personal problem here. But as there’s no harm in asking I’m putting it under the soft tag. It’s about forming a career in ...
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Mathematical Habit

Whenever I have to do proofs or understand a concept, I start with examples and generalize. As an aspiring mathematician, I have fears that it might hurt me, especially when we have so many ...
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How much Math do you REALLY do in your job?

I am writing this, as I am a currently an intern at an aircraft manufactur. I am studying a mixture of engineering and applied math. During the semester I focussed on numerical courses and my applied ...
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Finding his own path

I am a graduate student in major mathematics and now the time has come to choose a "specialization" (I have to choose 3 between 4 subjects). I like algebra a lot and I am also interested in ...
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What is the expected mathematical repertoire of a Ph.D. program applicant?

I am an undergraduate (currently a sophomore) studying to prepare for applying to a Ph.D. program in mathematics. I have thus far structured my course selection upon the advice of a friend I met ...