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General Advice on choosing Mathematics as career path [closed]

Firstly, i know that this question will be closed ultimately. But i want to know opinions of various mathematicians here, which is important My Background : I am Bachelors of Arts graduate, 27, ...
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How can I Get a Job Reviewing Articles and Books in Advance of Publication? [closed]

This is not everyone's ideal job, but I would like very much to spend many hours each day identifying and fixing mistakes in working papers and books. However, I am not quite sure how to get paid for ...
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Graduate School (Can I be a Mathematician?) [closed]

I am posing this question for myself, but many people surely are wondering the same, so I think this is valuable for others as well as myself. There are similar questions on the site but they do not ...
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Is pursuing a maths degree right for me? [closed]

I'm currently going torough the most humiliating moment of my life and I would really apreciate a honest advice from someone who works in the field of mathematical research. This year was my first ...
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Changing nature of mathematics from Bachelors to PhD [closed]

There is an obvious and explicit change in the nature of Mathematics education from Bachelors to Masters. In Bachelors, somehow, there are lots of books available to read and people enjoy working on ...
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Roadmap to be a good mathematician [closed]

Recently, I concerned about my future. When I was a child, I didn't spend much on studying mathematics, so I got Cs or below. At that time, I didn't realize why I have to study. Thus, I lose my ...
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Steps to Studying in Math [closed]

I'm 16 and quite a late-start in math. I was home-schooled for a while and just got interested in math recently. I would like to make a footprint in the field of mathematics when I'm older and would ...
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What kind of side work can math professors (researchers) do for extra income? [closed]

I am considering a career as a math professor with interests in Abstract Algebra and Topology. I wonder if there's any side work that a math professor can do for extra income? Thank you!
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Where to study category theory?

I am attending a master in math, and I am very passionate about category theory. Especially, I like how limits extend a lot of results from a little "core" of the category to everything. I furthermore ...
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Online resources for networking and creating new mathematical collaborations

Are there any online resources (forums, social networking websites, etc.) that focus on bringing together mathematicians that seek to extend their range of collaborations and ongoing work beyond ...
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Tips for an aspiring math major. [closed]

So more recently I went from being an electrical engineering student to becoming a math major. I’ve got my last semester to go in my current program because it looks good for transfer from a community ...
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Suggestion about PhD [closed]

I have one very important question standing at a very important junction of my career. I am a student in France, finishing his master's and looking for PhD. To say something in short about me, I come ...
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I want to go to grad school for probability theory related stuff, but i do not want to get a B.S in math? Can I circumvent this? [closed]

I'm graduating this fall semester but I recently fell in love with probability. I have taken non-proof math probability(Sheldon Ross book), math statistics, and stochastic processes. I want to ...
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On the role of applied PDE analysts in non-academic R&D workplaces

What is the role covered by PDE analysts in research and development in non-academic R&D workplaces? For instance in medical or pharmaceutical companies, tech companies that produce hardware (...
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They say that pure mathematicians can easly found jobs in industry, but how? [closed]

It might seems that my question has already been asked, but in fact it's slightly different from the other similar question, so please read it. I'm in the middle of my last university year in a pure ...
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What are some applications of these specific pure math areas?

I'm a pure math PhD specialized in hyperbolic topology, doing a research postdoc right now which ends in August of 2018. So I'll be starting to apply for my next job in the next couple of months. I've ...
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Does math research have to be lonely? What can you do about it?

When I was a graduate student in math, I felt very lonely because I had to be inside my own head day after day for prolonged period of time. It became very depressing and isolating. Whenever I would ...
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The purpose of Maths [closed]

sorry if this should not be asked here, but you are the ones who know the most and I need help please. I really like all this about mathematics and physics but I have a lot of doubts about many ...
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Which jobs involve math but can be done without using the internet? [closed]

After a long struggle with focusing in my mathematical studies I found out that if I use the Internet very irregular, like once every 4 days, I can be productive and enjoy mathematics. My question ...
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Mathematical models in geology and industry

I'm a student of applied math. Do you think that if I attend courses on mathematical models in geology will I have the possibility to apply what I've learned in industry? I think it's a very ...
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Can a normal graduate discover something in mathematics?

When I was in High school, I really developed my interest in mathematics. From that time , I always had an ambition to become mathematician or to discover something in mathematics. Because of some ...
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Game Theory/Optimization: what strategy optimizes my employability? How to pragmatically assess my utility funciton and hence my payoff? [closed]

I would like to receive some very pragmatic answers, and if not, informed opinions. So I have to choose three elements out of list A and 3 elements out of list B and I want to pick them so that I can ...
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Is the gap between lower- and higher-ranked graduate programs in math really that big? [closed]

Note: a question similar to that I'm going to ask was discussed here, but answers to the questions I'm going to ask were not covered there. Basically, I'd like to understand how significant is the ...
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I want to change my corporate developer thinking mindset and want to learn Linear Algebra, Statistics and Calculus for improvement [closed]

Hello Math Stackexchangers, I am a typical corporate developer who is bored by doing repetitive work, I need change and I am ready for it. I want to learn Linear Algebra, Statistics and Calculus, help ...
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What are the characteristics of a good mathematics “side project”? [closed]

A piece of advice for young graduate students (in mathematics) that I've heard frequently is to find early a "side project" to work on alongside your main research enterprise. An obvious question ...
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Soft Question-Examples of “non-prestigious” Mathematicians Making Significant Contributions?

First, let me attempt to semi-rigorously define "non-prestigious". A "non-prestigous" mathematician has at least three of the following attributes: Has never received any significant awards at the ...
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Some advice on studying math on a graduate level (postgrad)

I studied some math and stats as an Undergraduate (up to Multivariable calc/statistics, Linear Algebra, and Real Analysis) but majored in Economics. Unfortunately, I realised a little too late that ...
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Math used in industry positions

Are there are any jobs in industry that involve more mathematics than just what a (good) undergrad program would cover: calculus, differential equations, real and complex analysis, some basic group ...
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Should I apply to graduate school for mathematics? [closed]

As the question title suggests, should I apply to graduate school for mathematics? I am currently an undergraduate studying mathematics at some unnamed university in the world about to enter their ...
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Being a Mathematician [closed]

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 ...
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What are the consequences of discovering a new mathematical theorem, formula, fact, etc??

I was wondering, what are the consequences of solving a hard mathematical problem or discovering something new? I suppose the person would win some award if the achievement is good enough or money if ...
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Mathematical research outside academia

My goal up through grad school had been to spend my life doing academic, research mathematics. I got screwed by my advisor and department, though, so that hasn't worked out. I would nevertheless still ...
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is a lot of research-level math useless in the “real world”? [closed]

I'm a Ph.D. student in functional analysis, and struggling to understand why most research-level math in FA is useful. I talked to my advisor about this, and his response was, quite literally, to ...
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How do I tell if I am able to go to graduate school in math? [closed]

This is my first question on this site, and this question may sound disturbing. My apologies, but I truly need some advice on this. I am a sophomore math major at a fairly good math department (top ...
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Do people with average intelligence stand a chance making a tenure track math professorship at a research university? [closed]

I am interested in math and have been thinking about going for grad school and becoming a research professor since graduating from college. However, a few things that happened recently really make me ...
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Math jobs in visualization? [closed]

What kinds of jobs can mathematics graduates (with an undergrad or grad degree) acquire in fields such as modelling, graphics, etc.? Links would be very helpful too. Thanks!
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Mathematics for Guidance, navigation and control

I'm finishing my math degree this week and have been looking for some subject to practice and study on my own while I'm doing some work as a programmer. I'm interested in getting my master's later but ...
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How to put my knowledge of probability and statistics to practice

Background: I am a masters student in stochastic analysis. My course is very theoretical, which in general is fine by me, it is what I enjoy the most. From the more data-friendly subjects, I have (or ...
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need advice to become a mathematician [closed]

I am currently working on my associates with a designation in math, and my overall goal is to get a PhD and become a mathematician. I would like some advice on how to get there and the likelihood of ...
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Some advice on self studying [closed]

I'm currently studying Mechanical Engineering and of course doing that I've run into proof based mathematics. I would love to do classes for it but I don't want to kill my GPA for a non major course. ...
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I'm a late-bloomer, apparently. Do I have any hope of college? [closed]

I'll keep this short. I'm a 26-year-old high school dropout. College never seemed to be in my cards. (I come from a poor family and higher education was always seen as a pipe dream.) My grades in ...
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Jobs in industry for pure mathematicians [closed]

While I love research and academia and would prefer to continue there, I've found myself in industry and haven't felt it's a good match for my interests. Moreover, I'm constantly frustrated by the ...
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Algebra and Analysis [closed]

I just finished my first year of university, double majoring compsci and mathematics. My tutor told me that for most people it's best to focus on either algebra or analysis, however I have trouble ...
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Which background is more suitable to study “Cryptography” [closed]

I am a student of Pure Mathematics and also interested in programming .I have learnt C++,SAGE . Recently I have started learning "Cryptography" .But there are many definitions involved here like ...
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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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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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How to understand if one is eligible for research? [closed]

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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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 ...