Even though I work with engineering at the moment I studied mathematics at the University and followed up with PhD-studies in applied maths. I see myself more as a mathematician than an engineer.
Being a mathematician sometimes put yourself in awkward situations socially. Cause people always have an opinion about maths that they need to share for some reason. Do other disciplines experience that as well? I doubt it.
Earlier today, Olle Häggström – mathematician, opiner, book writer (e.g. to a short but great introduction to Markov Chains) and blogger – republished a brilliant blog post – If I Reacted to Other People’s Careers the Way They React to Me Becoming a Mathematician – by Jordy Greenblatt, PhD student at UCLA. It is time for me to do the same. Enjoy!
If I Reacted to Other People’s Careers the Way They React to Me Becoming a Mathematician
You’re a doctor? I don’t really know anything about medicine, but can you explain exactly how the endocrine system works in two minutes or less?
You’re a writer? I had a terrible writing teacher in high school. I bet I wouldn’t like you.
You’re a carpenter? You must be super good at carpentering.
You’re a singer? I stopped singing in 11th grade. The last song I sang was… hmmmmm… let’s see… Mozart’s Requiem. I wasn’t very good at that song.
You’re an engineer? I used to play with building blocks when I was a kid. Show me exactly what you’re designing and, if there’s anything I don’t understand, it’s probably your fault.
You’re a banker? So that means you print money, right? What kind of money do you print?
You’re a lawyer? Argue against the Electoral College in front of me right now for my perverse amusement. I’ll just be here smiling smugly and assuming that you don’t realize I’m making fun of you in my head.
You’re a project manager? God, I fucking hate project management.