# What makes a mathematician ?

1. Sep 22, 2010

### nukeman

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!

2. Sep 22, 2010

### Landau

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).

3. Sep 22, 2010

### nukeman

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 ?

4. Sep 22, 2010

### Landau

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.

5. Sep 22, 2010

### DrummingAtom

6. Sep 22, 2010

### mathwonk

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?