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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 important is the own talent for research of your PhD supervisor? [closed]

Currently I am in the process of finding a PhD. Some potential supervisors are more didactical than others, some are nicer and warmer than others, and some are more famous mathematicians than others. ...
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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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Still forget even if theorem-proof “self-discovered”; Importance of intuition/proficiency of concepts in research work… [closed]

It is widely said if we go through concepts/theorems/proof on our own by actively doing instead of passively reading, the idea will be ingrained in mind. I agree with that, it really often helps. ...
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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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Advice for Math Majors -What to do if you come into college with a lot of college credit? [closed]

In high school I was a good maths student and took AP Calculus BC my freshman year and got a 5 and then took Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Introduction to ...
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How to submit a conjecture for review?

I was recently attempting to solve one of the more known, already proved, problems in mathematics when I stumbled across an observation I thought might be worth digging into further. Unfortunately I ...
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For those wanting to study theoretical computer science, is Math a degree that worth more than Computer Science? [closed]

At my University, everyone first enrol in a Science and Technology, a very general course, and then choose the specialisation (like Computer Science, Math, some Engineering, etc). As I was finishing ...
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How useful is Web Development to a Mathematician? [closed]

I'd like to ask for a career advice here if that's ok. I've graduated as an engineer in 2010 and recently got offered a place on the Computation Mathematics program in a university in the UK, entry in ...
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I lost my love of math; I'm getting it back. How can I determine if math is actually right for me? [closed]

This question has been on my mind for a very long time, and I thought I'd finally ask it here. When I was 6, my dad pulled me out of school. The classes were too easy; the professors, too dull. ...
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Pure Mathematics to Actuarial Science. [closed]

I did my undergraduate in pure mathematics and recently after a three year break I decided to get a master's degree in Actuarial Science. I am in the second week of classes and I feel completely lost. ...
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Actuarial Science or Financial Mathematics? [closed]

I’m a second year undergraduate student of Actuarial Science that equally loves finance and pure mathematics. I only knew of Actuarial Science as a career that suited best these two requirements (...
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Pure mathematics in our society

Is there some book or essay which deals with the sociological and economical justification of doing and funding pure mathematics? I'm looking for a modern version of Hardy's A Mathematician's Apology, ...
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Mathematics teaching positions in the UK [closed]

crossposted to https://academia.stackexchange.com/questions/24065/mathematics-teaching-position-in-the-uk I hold a PhD in pure mathematics and am looking for mathematics teaching positions in the UK, ...
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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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Are there computer requirements other than basic C++ for being accepted to a graduate program in Non-Linear Dynamics? [closed]

Ladies and Gentlemen I am currently studying applied mathematics and statistics. I am more than just a little bit interested in studying non-linear dynamics at a graduate level. I was wondering if, ...
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Transferring into an elite graduate school [closed]

Is there any hope of transferring into a more prestigious PhD program in a different field?(math to physics, or math to applied math) Are there any prestigious PhD programs that look favorably on an ...
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Making modular representation theory and cohomology 'compelling' and 'accesible'

I'm currently putting together an application for a dissertation completion fellowship offered through my university. A part of the application includes 500-1000 words describing my dissertation. ...
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I'm a teenager hoping to become a mathematician, but math isn't my forte. Is it possible? [duplicate]

I am a sophomore in high school and have discovered the joys of mathematics. However,due to sheer irony, at times I find the subject difficult. I am what one could label "lopsided" in my faculties, ...
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Mathematicians don't quit, they fade away [closed]

Edit: This question is now closed for being not related to math, but many people pointed out that becoming an actuary is one of the most viable career path for someone with skills in pure math. Noone ...
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Are all mathematicians human calculators? [closed]

I asked my dad why he did not major in math he said "because he is not good at math". I think I like math, and I think I'm ok at it, but I'm not gifted or anything like that, I just like math. I think ...
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Should I pursue a M.S. in Mathematics or a Ph.D? [closed]

I'm looking forward to any advices, but first of all, here's my story: Right now I'm a freshman in high school. I admit it, I love mathematics! However, I suspect that I have ADHD and I can't ...
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The odds of studying versus applying a mathematics? [closed]

I went to school to learn programming, but have come to realize that the most fascinating problems are in mathematics or computer science theory. For this reason I am considering studying mathematics ...
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How much mathematicians rely on other results?

When mathematicians do research, do they think every detail so that they know exactly every step what it takes to achieve the result from axioms? Or is it possible to work as a researcher without ...
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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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What programming languages are used in (chaotic) dynamical systems and nonlinear phenomena research?

I'm currently considering pursuing postgraduate studies in the field of chaos/dynamical systems/nonlinear phenomena, and was wondering whether there are particular programming languages that are ...
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How important are the following undergrad courses when trying to pursue studies in chaos theory/dynamical systems? [closed]

I'm currently a physics major with a year left, and deciding whether to switch into mathematical physics, mathematics or applied mathematics. I'm definitely switching into one of them, as I can meet ...
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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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Choosing a PhD topic [closed]

My supervisor and I recently had a long chat about PhD related stuff. He said something to the extent that your chances of employment after finishing your PhD among other factors depends on the topic ...
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Should I be worried that I am doing well in analysis and not well in algebra? [closed]

I attend a mostly liberal arts focused university, in which I was able to test out of an "Introduction to Proofs" class and directly into "Advanced Calculus 1" (Introductory Analysis I) and I loved it....
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Changing research topics completely when entering graduate school?

In my undergraduate years I mainly focused on analysis, and have done two research projects in analysis. However, when the application results turned out, the best school that gave me an offer is ...
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Pre-test preparation [closed]

I'm currently an undergrad in maths and I wanted to know how those who have completed their degrees handled their test preparation. That is, how did you study and how did you manage the anxiety if ...
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Math under time constraints [closed]

I'm currently an undergrad math student and I have been wondering if being able to perform well under time constraints requires a deeper knowledge of the material than performing under no time ...
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Problem regarding mathematical skill of a math lover [closed]

I don’t know whether it would be a good idea to seek solution for some personal problem here. But as there’s no harm in asking I’m putting it under the soft tag. It’s about forming a career in ...
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Mathematical Habit

Whenever I have to do proofs or understand a concept, I start with examples and generalize. As an aspiring mathematician, I have fears that it might hurt me, especially when we have so many ...
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How much Math do you REALLY do in your job?

I am writing this, as I am a currently an intern at an aircraft manufactur. I am studying a mixture of engineering and applied math. During the semester I focussed on numerical courses and my applied ...
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Finding his own path [closed]

I am a graduate student in major mathematics and now the time has come to choose a "specialization" (I have to choose 3 between 4 subjects). I like algebra a lot and I am also interested in ...
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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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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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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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Careers in Math

I am a highschool freshman, and I really like to have goals for my life, one of the big ones is my career of choice. Previously, I have always wanted to be a programmer, and I have written a lot of ...
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Am I fit for higher studies/teaching in mathematics? [closed]

Let me begin with some background: I used to enjoy mathematics immensely in school, and wanted to pursue higher studies. However, everyone around me at that time told me it was a stupid area (that I ...
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Roadmap for maths self-study for a physics undergrad wanting to pursue research in maths [closed]

I am a second year physics undergrad. After spending about an year exploring mathematical physics (QFT,solitons, etc), I have realized that maybe theoretical physics isnt my passion after all, and I ...
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Books on AI, programming, optimization

I'm studying math (just started) and I like programming as well (just started this too), is there a career or a branch of research including deep aspect of this two aspects? Is there someone among you ...
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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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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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Not in school. Need some help planning my studies post-calculus & intro. abstract algebra.

OK, so I left school (wasn't failing or anything), but I still love math and want to go on with my studies. I want to, first and foremost, cover all the important topics a math education should ...
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What does it take to get a job at a top 50 math program in the U.S.? [closed]

I'm a senior undergrad right at a small liberal arts college right now who is applying to math PhD programs in the U.S. I would like to eventually become a professor at a relatively good university ...
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Early specialization and career development [closed]

I'm in the last year of my undergraduate studies. I recently decided to become a mathematician and I will apply for a two year master degree as a preparation for a PhD. Looking to various master ...
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Grad school & success in the long run

I am an undergraduate mathematics student at some university in Turkey. I am doing well in math classes. Actually, I did not study very hard in my freshmen year and I got not so high grades from ...