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Letter from a mathematician Plus reader Hassan Azad is a Professor of Mathematics at the King Fahd University
 

Summary: Letter from a mathematician
Plus reader Hassan Azad is a Professor of Mathematics at the King Fahd University
in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He has asked us to reprint a letter he wrote his students,
explaining the joys of being a mathematician. We think the points he makes have wide
relevance.
Dear Students,
Most of you have joined this university with clear ideas about a profession in
engineering or business. I have been teaching mathematics here since 1996 and have
experienced that in a class of forty, there is at least one student who has obvious
mathematical talents. For such students, adopting mathematics as a profession would
be more rewarding than a career in engineering or business. After talking with such
students, I found that the reasons why such mathematically talented students do not
opt for mathematics are based basically on two gross misconceptions about
mathematics. Namely, that
there is nothing new to be discovered in mathematics
the only job opportunities that mathematics provides are in teaching.
Nothing could be further from the truth. While teaching is an essential profession and
very rewarding for a large majority, there are many other avenues open to
mathematicians.
I can very well see why you think mathematics is a dead subject. Every year, Nobel

  

Source: Azad, Hassan - Department of Mathematics and Statistics, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

 

Collections: Mathematics