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What is it really like to be a mathematician?

  1. Oct 21, 2006 #1


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    Alexandre Borovik wrote a really wonderful "http://www.maths.manchester.ac.uk/~avb/pdf/WhatIsIt.pdf" [Broken] on this topic, as a comment and aid in the problem of developing the next generation of creative mathematicians in the UK, his adopted country. He takes a hard cold look at the realities, as indicated by this passage:

    This sure resonates with me; in the course of writing my abortive Ph D thesis I generated and proved several good theorems, and oh! it was hard! Not just difficult, but wracking. As the man says, junkies.

    If you lke his style, you can read Alexandre Borovik's blog at http://www.maths.manchester.ac.uk/~avb/micromathematics/ [Broken].
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    Thank you!

    I like to read about these things. I'm a big fan of biographies of mathematicians and/or scientists.
  4. Oct 22, 2006 #3


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    Yeah, sweet!

    Watch this from his blog for a laugh: http://www.maths.manchester.ac.uk/~avb/micromathematics/2006/10/maths-lesson_06.html#links [Broken]
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    refreshing (or depressing) read, feel affinity no matter, thanks!
  6. Oct 22, 2006 #5
    Thanks for that!
  7. Dec 8, 2008 #6
    I m trying to be a mathematician or i m already one ,i feel happy good with mathemtics regardless of career with math , it s my daily life , i feel good when i solve a problem .but it looks to some people i m sad i have a sad face ,am i going wrong spending time on math ,things that bring me my proper happiness ?do i have to move onto professional fields ? I have been trying to solve that question since long.it means if you choose math assume the rest
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