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My primary reason for studying maths - September 29, 2011
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Spiked Math Comic - Why I study maths


Man, it's been almost two weeks since I was called a super genius!! :-(


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Wow, are you like a super genius or something?

The answer is no because he is not a something, he is someone.

I often get that when I tell people that i'm doing a PhD in mathematics. Usually my reply is: "I'm not genius, i'm just too lazy to do something that requires me to get off the chair" :P

story. of. my. life.

It helps to have a business card, like Wiley E. Coyote, Supergenius, did.

When I tell people I studied maths, they tend to think I'm an accountant. Why, if I had a dollar for every time somebody thought studying maths made me an accountant, I'd have… uh… carry the aleph… apply Dehn's lemma… I'd have some money!

Then you would have to *hire* an accountant to keep track of all the money you earn.

Then you would have to *hire* an accountant to keep track of all the money you earn.

When I told my grandfather I was an accountant he asked if I ever got to count things other than money...

I used to get that alot when I was doing Physics in undergrad. Now that I'm in Math, people usually just stare at me crosswise and then change the subject.

When I let it slip that I took an "intro to accounting" course back in highschool, one of my relatives remarked "well if this math thing doesn't work, then at least you'll have something to fall back on." *facepalm*

damnit! replied to wrong comment...

This is also a benefit of being an out-of-state student at a public university.

For most people I've met, me studying math either implies I'm a super genius or something, or that I want to be a teacher. And that is no exclusive or.

I usually respond to this question by saying "I have a marvelous proof for why I am, but I do not have the time to explain it to you."

Yes, yes I am!* = Yes, yes (-I) am!

I think you wanted to write this:

Yes, yes I am!* = Yes, yes (sqrt(-1)) am!

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