Consider a mathematician, who has just got his PhD (in some field, say, algebraic/arithmetic geometry).

How can he change the world for the better? I'm talking about how to use skills (soft skills or hard skills) he obtained by reaching his doctorate degree (frustration tolerance, problem solving ability, conceptual thinking and so on) to reach for higher goals as

  • working against the climate change
  • working against how the (economic) world works, which is doing bad to most of the people on planet earth (making some people rich and most people suffer a life in poorness to make this possible)
  • having a direct positive impact on the (world) society.

Further, he should be able to live from the considered activity. Maybe this is just a too broad question, but I would love to hear great ideas how he could use his expertise to have (direct, concrete) positive impact on the world.

I'm aware of the opinion that if he continues being an active researcher, that this is indeed some kind of positive impact on society. But I would like to know about even more direct or more immense impact.

Thank you for your ideas!


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  • $\begingroup$ This is not a maths question and there's a fair chance it won't be well received. $\endgroup$ – mathreadler Aug 4 '17 at 7:51
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    $\begingroup$ I'll upvote question (or, rather, the thought behind the question) before it gets closed as non-math or too-broad. For that matter, you could replace "math" with many other qualifications, and the plausible answers would likely be quite similar. $\endgroup$ – dxiv Aug 4 '17 at 7:52
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    $\begingroup$ This is a valid question, it's just not something that this site is made for. $\endgroup$ – 5xum Aug 4 '17 at 7:53
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    $\begingroup$ IMHO the world is full of corruption and misery, there is no much difference now and 2000 years ago. The unique thing that can make a difference, for the good, is your own personal example as a living being. This is the biggest good impact on society someone can achieve IMHO. Developing technology is also very good but it Im not sure if as good as what I said above. $\endgroup$ – Masacroso Aug 4 '17 at 7:54
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    $\begingroup$ Relevant question $\endgroup$ – Arthur Aug 4 '17 at 8:02

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