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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 ...
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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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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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String Theory: What to do?

This is going to be a relatively broad/open-ended question, so I apologize before hand if it is the wrong place to ask this. Anyways, I'm currently a 3rd year undergraduate starting to more seriously ...
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How to select the right books? [closed]

As the saying goes, "Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish, feed him for life." I've always had a problem with selecting appropriate books. It could be a problem that I'm a ...
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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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What is the expected mathematical repertoire of a Ph.D. program applicant in the US?

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 ...
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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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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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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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Publishing elementary proofs of theorems

I'm an undergraduate student and I believe I found another proof of Heron's formula. I have a bunch of questions: I would like to publish this "proof" (I haven't found mistakes yet) in some magazine. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“Advice to young mathematicians”

I have been suggested to read the Advice to a Young Mathematician section of the Princeton Companion to Mathematics, the short paper Ten Lessons I wish I had been Taught by Gian-Carlo Rota, and the ...
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Research done by high-school students

I'm giving a talk soon to a group of high-school students about open problems in mathematics that high-school students could understand. To inspire them, I would like to give them examples of high-...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to go about studying chaos theory/dynamical systems/fluid dynamics in grad school with a physics background? [closed]

I'm turning to you as I find myself in need of help as to how to best go about studying something related to chaos theory/dynamical systems/fluid dynamics in postgraduate school. I'm currently in my ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is a good GRE score enough for a non-math graduate to be accepted in a decent pure mathematics graduate program?

I have a computer engineering degree , and i have studied several mathematics courses like single variable and multiples variables calculus , complex variables , probability , numerical analysis ... ...
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Research Experience for Undergraduates: Summer Programs (that accept non-American applicants)

There are many summer research programs in the United States, targeted at good motivated undergraduate students majoring in mathematics. The main aspects that characterize such programs are: (a) a ...