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(Slate)   "What's it like to be a mathematician?" Presumably, it's a derivative existence full of pluses and minuses   (slate.com) divider line 41
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2013-10-14 07:11:36 AM
Apparently, there are a lot of limits and its full of inequality for those that don't integrate well. :-/
 
2013-10-14 07:36:51 AM
I was once told that the way you "win" at being a mathematician is you have to hold a special conference to give a special talk about what you do to the five other people on Earth who might possibly understand you.
 
2013-10-14 07:54:04 AM
They're all a bunch of squares.
 
2013-10-14 07:54:12 AM
Dear math teacher: Please stop looking for X, she's not coming back. Don't ask Y.
 
2013-10-14 07:55:10 AM
He lost me at painting fences.

Painting fences never gave me stomach-aches or kept me up at night in high school.
 
2013-10-14 07:55:40 AM
I'm sure if they look hard enough they will find the root of their problems.
 
2013-10-14 07:56:00 AM
Nothing ever really adds up.
 
2013-10-14 07:58:04 AM
They should take it as a sign that they shouldn't be mean to non-math people.
 
2013-10-14 07:58:26 AM
Discovered the cure for constipation?

Working it out with a pencil.

\groan
 
2013-10-14 08:01:37 AM

WTF Indeed: They should take it as a sign sin that they shouldn't be mean to non-math people.

FTFY

/didn't mean to go off on a tangent

 
2013-10-14 08:02:45 AM

Crewmannumber6: WTF Indeed: They should take it as a sign sin that they shouldn't be mean to non-math people.

FTFY

/didn't mean to go off on a tangent


Don't be obtuse. Tangents are fine.
 
2013-10-14 08:06:06 AM
let's not go home; we'll catch the late train...

/and AndyChrist_AUS, ew, man: seriously.

//don't lose that eraser!
 
2013-10-14 08:07:59 AM

Crewmannumber6: Dear math teacher: Please stop looking for X, she's not coming back. Don't ask Y.


Or at least have a sense of humour when we grow bored of you asking the same question over and over again.
www.guzer.com
 
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2013-10-14 08:14:38 AM
In actuality, they're an integral part of society.
 
2013-10-14 08:16:53 AM
Probably runs rings around working in my field.
 
2013-10-14 08:22:04 AM
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2013-10-14 08:23:39 AM
fta Most of the time, you work on something for weeks or months, only to realize that it doesn't work. But you never give up, you go back and try to analyze the data that you have, and try to see the analogies and connections to try to come up with a new hypothesis. Then you try to test that.

But enough about my wife.

/tip your waitstaff
 
2013-10-14 08:28:52 AM
Who has that pic of the check written to some utility by a very angry mathematically-inclined customer?
 
2013-10-14 08:34:47 AM
The key to love and mathematics is integration, but within limits.  If your limits are infinite, you sometimes get a definite answer, sometimes it's irrational, most of the time it has no bounds.
But sometimes, even with irrational numbers, you get a real one.
 
2013-10-14 08:37:17 AM

Mudd's woman: Who has that pic of the check written to some utility by a very angry mathematically-inclined customer?


That was Randall from XKCD.
 
2013-10-14 08:43:16 AM
...and you have a better understanding of the universe than 99.99999% of anyone who ever lived.
 
2013-10-14 08:46:04 AM
You can run red lights, park wherever you want, and get hot and cold running chicks.
 
2013-10-14 08:47:16 AM

BumpInTheNight: [www.guzer.com image 387x287]


That dude must have been on serious drugs.

He should put a sign on his door that says, "High:  Pot In Use."

/Is this thing on?
 
2013-10-14 08:49:12 AM
Even if you consider yourself an independent variable all the things you do are still derivative upon the functions of others   But take heart and chop some logs while the singularity shines.
 
2013-10-14 08:49:13 AM
As a career, being a mathematician is like being a scientist, yet you somehow make even less money.
 
2013-10-14 08:50:59 AM

Public Savant: He lost me at painting fences.

Painting fences never gave me stomach-aches or kept me up at night in high school.


Also not into painting fences?

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2013-10-14 09:01:10 AM

LouDobbsAwaaaay: As a career, being a mathematician is like being a scientist, yet you somehow make even less money.


This.  I graduated in 1986 with a math major with all kinds of wild expectations that employers would actually care.
 
2013-10-14 09:06:00 AM

Ker_Thwap: LouDobbsAwaaaay: As a career, being a mathematician is like being a scientist, yet you somehow make even less money.

This.  I graduated in 1986 with a math major with all kinds of wild expectations that employers would actually care.


The XKCD "Fields Arranged by Purity" comic is almost a "Fields Arranged by Salary" comic in reverse; all you would have to do is replace the sociologist with a business-major.
 
2013-10-14 09:35:53 AM
Standard deviation not enough for kinky mathematician?
 
2013-10-14 10:07:16 AM

Ker_Thwap: LouDobbsAwaaaay: As a career, being a mathematician is like being a scientist, yet you somehow make even less money.

This.  I graduated in 1986 with a math major with all kinds of wild expectations that employers would actually care.


I minored in computer science, because I had already decided that would be more fun as a career. Turns out I was right.

Software functions, I discovered, are a lot like mathematical proofs or algorithms; you're just using a different vocabulary.
 
2013-10-14 11:09:19 AM
Everything I needed to know about mathematicians I leaned from Mathnet.
 
2013-10-14 11:51:29 AM
"I always like to make explicit the fact that before I went off not too long ago to fight in the trenches, I was a mathematician by profession. I don't like people to get the idea that I have to do this for a living. I mean, it isn't as though I had to do this, you know, I could be making, oh, $3000 a year just teaching.

Be that as it may, some of you may have had occasion to run into mathematicians and to wonder therefore how they got that way. Here, in partial explanation perhaps, is the story of the great Russian mathematician Nicolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky."
 
2013-10-14 02:24:10 PM
What does a mathematician dress up as for Halloween?

a) A dodecahedral die.
b) Gauss. No, I said Gauss.
c)  A zombie. They're always looking for branes, branes, branes!
 
2013-10-14 02:24:49 PM
What is a mathematician's idea of a scary costume?

An applied scientist.
 
2013-10-14 02:28:45 PM

LouDobbsAwaaaay: As a career, being a mathematician is like being a scientist, yet you somehow make even less money.


The less the public understands what it is you do, the worse the money.

Pure scientists and advanced mathematicians are shiat out of luck

On the other hand thieves and whores are well remunerated because everybody understands what they do and why we pay them to go away.
 
2013-10-14 02:35:52 PM
Here's Brangoose's IQ Test for Cashiers.

But 12 identical items and arrange them in a rectangle on the rolling rubber thingie (I don't remember the world--I've never been a cashier).

The dumbest cashiers will count each item by hand.

Smarter cashiers may count by threes or fours: 3, 6, 9, 12 or 4, 8, 12.

The brighter cashiers will multiply 3 x 4 = 12.

And a few genius cashiers will look at the rectangle and think 12.

If they look at the rectangle and think 385 mm x 12 cans = 4620, with factors 1, 2, 2, 3, 7, 5, 11, 21, and 231, then they are either autistic or poorly paid mathematicians moonlighting.
 
2013-10-14 02:50:57 PM
It's worthwhile to remember that a dozen cans of cola are about 4.6 liters. If you know this, then you can save money and time on buying cola by comparing the price for a box to the price for 2 liter bottles very quickly.

Sorry about misspelling my own name. My laptop is getting old and some of the keys don't work very well. You can tell the letter frequency in English from my keyboard. The most frequently used letters are no longer labeled:  e, t, (a), (o), i, n, m. The letter "o" should be in there after "a", but for some reason those two keys aren't very worn at all.

I think "o" must be the easiest key to strike and thus the least affected by wear. The "e" is easy to strike but by far the most frequently used letter. The "a" is similarly unworn. "M" is very worn despite low frequency, but it is very hard to strike relative to the other keys that are worn.

But I digress.
 
2013-10-14 04:19:40 PM

phaseolus: Probably runs rings around working in my field.


Yeah, unless you hate working in groups.

/too busy grading homework to say the word "module"
 
2013-10-14 06:43:00 PM
Empty set. I got nothing. Going to saw some logs.
 
2013-10-14 11:44:47 PM
From personal experience:

"Why are the university administrators such farking morons?" : 45%
"Why are the undergraduates such farking morons?" : 20%
"Why is the NSF not funding useful, interesting research?" : 10%
"Why does the coffee the university provides suck so much?" : 5%
"Why is my favorite baseball team always in the dang cellar in September?" : 5%
"Why has my son become a penguin-herding sysadmin instead of going into mathematics?" : 15%

(...note that Your Mathematician May Vary and that I Could Be Wrong. I could never deal with the abstract concepts that pure mathematicians deal with every day, but then again my father couldn't un-fark a farked LAMP box. I guess it's all in what you've trained for....)
 
2013-10-15 12:24:56 PM
Like Wagner, math has rings and Cycles.
It takes a smooth operator to make a many-to-one relationship work.
Numbers only exist as a Theory.  Same for Sets.
 
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