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  1. #1 Should i become a mathematician? 
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    Should i become a mathematician? Its simple. I just need some wisdom from those that have done it or are well into the process of doing it. Thank you.


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    Heeey boet - I'm South African too.

    I'm no mathematician, but I would say your answer depends on 2 questions:

    Do you enjoy it?
    Will you need it later in life? Eg: Who for/where are you planning on working?

    There is no good reason to become anything, other than what interests you or what you need. Why spend years studying something you don't enjoy or don't need? You probably wont do too well if you do and will wish you hadn't!

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    Hey China! haha, hope the UK is treating you well.

    Sensible advice, i feel passionate about it, but then again i'm still young. And money always lingers in the back of my mind, but i guess you shouldn't chase money. Well i'm just going t o keep thinking about it and maybe do some mathematics!
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    Quote Originally Posted by boson31415
    Should i become a mathematician? Its simple. I just need some wisdom from those that have done it or are well into the process of doing it. Thank you.
    If you have to ask the question, the answer is probably no.
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    Thanks that actually make sense. Gonna carry on thinking about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boson31415
    Should i become a mathematician? Its simple. I just need some wisdom from those that have done it or are well into the process of doing it. Thank you.
    The Equivalent to that question depends on you. Only you can give the right answer to that question which in turn depends on your Passion, drive And supposedly how Nerdy you are in it.
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    I dont think there is a standard measure of nerdiness but ill try and gauge it thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by boson31415
    I dont think there is a standard measure of nerdiness but ill try and gauge it thanks
    Nerdiness is expressed in radians. It is the angle from a vertical line passing through the centre of the nerd and the point on the ground they look at when talking to a pretty girl standing 1m away from them. Thus smaller values indicate greater nerdiness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ophiolite
    Quote Originally Posted by boson31415
    I dont think there is a standard measure of nerdiness but ill try and gauge it thanks
    Nerdiness is expressed in radians. It is the angle from a vertical line passing through the centre of the nerd and the point on the ground they look at when talking to a pretty girl standing 1m away from them. Thus smaller values indicate greater nerdiness.
    What if such an event never occurs?
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    I was a math/computer science major with a graduate concentration in statistics.

    My 1st good paying job was in the actuarial field. Later worked for a US rating agency constructing ratings (some robust statistics using discriminate analysis to predict failures). Also got interested in financial engineering with Catastrophe Bond modeling. Asked to teach, but declined.

    In short, my Math/Stat background let me explore a variety of fields unlike some professions where you are much more narrowly viewed (like chemistry, accounting, ...).

    The flexibility to actually get a good career/job in a changing world should not be under estimated (note, some of the areas I worked in actually did not exist 30 years ago!).

    A final word, many professions are becoming inter-disciplinary. Examples, weather forecasting/modeling, financial engineering, material science and also chemistry where engineers (math) are needed to advance the science of nano catalyst.
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    It really depends on what your interests are and what you want to do with your life. I have considered mathematics as well. It is likely that I will at least minor or possibly double major in it.

    Deciding on what you want to do in life can be tough.
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