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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
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2013-10-14 02:35:52 PM  
2 votes:
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 08:49:13 AM  
2 votes:
As a career, being a mathematician is like being a scientist, yet you somehow make even less money.
2013-10-14 02:24:49 PM  
1 vote:
What is a mathematician's idea of a scary costume?

An applied scientist.
2013-10-14 02:24:10 PM  
1 vote:
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 09:01:10 AM  
1 vote:

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 08:43:16 AM  
1 vote:
...and you have a better understanding of the universe than 99.99999% of anyone who ever lived.
2013-10-14 08:16:53 AM  
1 vote:
Probably runs rings around working in my field.
2013-10-14 07:11:36 AM  
1 vote:
Apparently, there are a lot of limits and its full of inequality for those that don't integrate well. :-/
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