I love mathematics--the exploration of space and quantity and how areas of mathematics are interrelated. However, I think proofs of trivial theorems are boring and uninteresting. The more complex the mathematics the better. Does that mean I am not cut out to be a mathematician?


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    $\begingroup$ It's all well and good to enjoy intricacies, but at least in the opinion of Whitehead, "It is the snobbishness of the young to suppose that a theorem is trivial because the proof is trivial." $\endgroup$ – Zev Chonoles Aug 28 '16 at 7:49
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    $\begingroup$ If you find the development of math from the ground up boring then I'd say yes you are not the right type of person to be a mathematician. There was a group of people in graduate school with the same kind of attitude you have, who hated the basics and always wanted to feel big by doing high powered math. But those people turned out to be terrible mathematicians, always sloppy, never really understanding what they were doing, just children pretending to be adults. Those were not the people who succeded. $\endgroup$ – Gregory Grant Aug 28 '16 at 7:54
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. Gregory, I see that you do bioinformatics. Not many proofs there. I want to be an applied mathematician--much more interested in intricate, complex applications of math, not spending months proving theorems. So I guess proofs don't really seem necessary here. $\endgroup$ – Aaron Aug 29 '16 at 16:54
  • $\begingroup$ @Zev Chonoles I know this is years old, but as a high school student, the quote you posted has just given me the confidence to go ahead proving a conjecture I've recently discovered. It may be trivial, but it's worth discovering! $\endgroup$ – CaptainAmerica16 Aug 10 '18 at 2:17