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How impact the work of a pure mathematician in the society? [duplicate]

Firstable i explain my situation: On my University most of the careers are doing videos to explain what we do and try to atract more people to our careers. Im in a really bad position, because the ...
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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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Can you provide me historical examples of pure mathematics becoming “useful”?

I am trying to think/know about something, but I don't know if my base premise is plausible. Here we go. Sometimes when I'm talking with people about pure mathematics, they usually dismiss it because ...
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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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Head hunters/job search sites for Mathematicians? [closed]

What are good job search sites, head hunter/recruiting agencies for mathematicians looking for industry jobs? If this question is not appropriate for the math stack exchange, please feel free to ...
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Gerrymandering on a high-genus surface/can I use my powers for evil?

Somewhat in contrast to this question. Let's say the Supreme Court has just issued a ruling that the upper and lower roads of an overpass need not be in the same congressional district. This makes ...
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How to do math and help people

I am currently an junior math and statistics student at the University of Florida. For my whole life I have really enjoyed math and really do find a calling in mathematics. Math classes are the only ...
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How can I, as a future mathematician, contribute most to Smart Grid research?

After I've finished my Master's degree in mathematics, I too want to use my powers for good. One endeavour I consider good is the pursuit of the design and implementation of a Smart Grid which will, ...
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What jobs in Mathematics are always in demand, and are deeply Mathematically specialised or greatly general?

I am wondering what jobs in the field of Mathematics are (seemingly) always in demand. I am also wondering what jobs there are that are (once again seemingly) greatly Mathematically demanding in ...
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mathematical rigore for an engineer! [closed]

I recently bought a used copy of "Mathematical Analysis" by Apostol for \$1.0 and "Probability and Measure Theory" by Robert Ash for \$3.0 (well another \$3.99 for shipping)! When I read the first few ...
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Proof Strategy for a Dynamical System of Points on the Plane

I have a rather simple-looking system which exhibits a particular behaviour in simulation, and I would now like to attempt to prove this formally. The problem is, I don't really know where to start, ...
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Problems and conjectures that have positive practical consequences for society, once solved

This question made me think a bit about how mathematics can be used in such a way that society benefits from it. I think there are quite a lot of good answers to the aforementioned question. Still, ...
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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 to change the world for the better as a mathematician? [closed]

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 ...