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Are there any reason compelling you to go into pure mathematics beside passion? Aren't you afraid that your discipline will not yield any practical benefits for mankind?
StJohnRiver said:Are there any reason compelling you to go into pure mathematics beside passion? Aren't you afraid that your discipline will not yield any practical benefits for mankind?
chiro said:Hey StJohnRiver and welcome to the forums.
I think you should think about the idea that we all don't actually do things that benefit every single other person in a very direct way.
It's not to say that people don't contribute: most people do but it's in a smaller way and the sum of all contributions is what you see in the cumulative effect of how things come about.
Like every group of individuals, people congregrate together and help one another meet the same kinds of mutual goals that all members of the group have.
Pure mathematicians are just another group with a particular focus. Just like any other group, they have the same goals in mind and collaborate to achieve those goals just like a sports team collaborate together to try and win against their competitition.
Just like the sports team, they aren't going to benefit everyone directly and like the sports team, most people outside that little pocket of the world won't know they even exist.
This is how it is everywhere. It doesn't make anyone insignificant, but it does point out that no single individual or isolated group is really that significant in a way where they affect absolutely everything or are more important.
The thing about stuff nowadays is that collaboration is necessary to produce the things that are going to be used by many people: the computer and the internet was not simply something that occurred by a small number of people and all at once. Lots of people did their own part and most people don't even know who these people are, let alone if they ever realized they helped create the stuff we take for granted.
chill_factor said:I disagree. A single applied scientist/engineer can still have HUGE impact. A chemist discovering a new drug/material/process or an engineer designing a new machine could definitely upset the tech world, even if now the new thing has to be small.
But stuff like say... a new OLED material, could be more *directly beneficial* than say... a few more significant digits on the value of Boltzmann's constant or the mass of a photon.
StJohnRiver said:Are there any reason compelling you to go into pure mathematics beside passion? Aren't you afraid that your discipline will not yield any practical benefits for mankind?
SteveL27 said:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Mathematician's_Apology
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As a scientist, I have always been fascinated by the beauty and elegance of pure mathematics. It allows me to explore abstract concepts and solve complex problems using logical reasoning and creativity. I am also drawn to the challenge of pushing the boundaries of our understanding of the world through pure mathematical research.
Pure mathematics is the study of mathematical concepts and structures for their own sake, without any specific application in mind. On the other hand, applied mathematics uses mathematical techniques to solve real-world problems in various fields such as engineering, physics, and economics.
Absolutely! While it may not have immediate practical applications, pure mathematics forms the foundation of many other branches of mathematics and science. It also plays a crucial role in developing new technologies and understanding complex systems.
Yes, a solid understanding of basic mathematical concepts and techniques is necessary to pursue pure mathematics. It requires a high level of mathematical maturity, logical reasoning, and problem-solving skills.
Pure mathematicians can pursue careers in academia, research institutions, and industries that require mathematical expertise, such as finance, data science, and cryptography. They can also work in fields that require analytical and problem-solving skills, such as computer science, engineering, and economics.