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What makes a mathematician ?

  1. Sep 22, 2010 #1
    To be a mathematician, what do you have to do? Just get a BSc in Math? Or does it require a PhD ?

    Just curious. Thanks guys!
     
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  3. Sep 22, 2010 #2

    Landau

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    That's a pretty nonsensical/uninteresting question. It depends on what you mean by "being a mathematician", there is no universal definition thereof. Having done original research might be part of such a definition, and most BSc students don't have this (but some do).
     
  4. Sep 22, 2010 #3
    THanks,

    What I meant is, if someone said they were a Mathematician, what does that mean? THey have a Degree In math? Type of work? Research? PHd in math? What does it take to call your self a mathematician?

    Same with a physicist? What makes a physicist a physicist ?
     
  5. Sep 22, 2010 #4

    Landau

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    I think it means that they at least have a degree in mathematics. I would consider someone with a MSc in mathematics and a job outside of academia involving some mathematics still a mathematician. But other people might only call someone a mathematician if he has a PhD and is doing research at a university.
     
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  7. Sep 22, 2010 #6

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    a book on how to be a magician i read as a kid suggested that you are a magician if you can do one trick well. so maybe a mathematician is someone who has discovered or proved one result semi - independently?

    or maybe you are one if you think you are?
     
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