Why do scientists have to study maths?
That’s the question that has been put to mathematicians and computer scientists by a recent survey.
They have found that the most commonly asked question is: “How do you get a PhD?”, and the second most common answer is: “”I’ve never had a PhD.””
If you have an undergraduate degree in maths, that is going to give you access to an industry that has a lot of very talented people and has a very wide distribution of PhDs,” said Dr David Stiehl, an expert in computer science at Cambridge.””
It is a very attractive job in the computer science world.”
“If you have an undergraduate degree in maths, that is going to give you access to an industry that has a lot of very talented people and has a very wide distribution of PhDs,” said Dr David Stiehl, an expert in computer science at Cambridge.
“But it doesn’t necessarily give you the skills to make the kinds of predictions you need to make to be successful in the real world.”‘
A real test’As the UK government moves to make more students take maths courses, Prof Stiel said the “real test” of a mathematician was “the ability to solve problems that people will actually take on.”
If they’re not going to take it on, then they’re probably not interested in studying maths at all,” he said.”
And if they’re interested in maths at some point, then it’s very interesting.
“So I think it’s really important that people think about what they can learn from maths and whether that’s something that’s going to be useful to them in the future.”‘
Not for everyone’Professor Reiter said the most important question was: “Can a person with a PhD actually be good at maths?”
“The real test is the ability to actually solve problems, which is a really good thing to have, but it’s not going the way you think it is,” he explained.
“I think a lot more people would be good with maths if they had a degree, but not if they didn’t have a degree.”
“The point is, to have the best possible career as a mathematician, it’s critical that you have a good understanding of the subject,” he continued.
“You need to have all of the skills that are needed to be a mathematician.”
“You have to be willing to try things out.
It’s not a job that is for everyone.”
The problem is that you’ve got a big field of work and a huge number of people who want to do it.”‘
It’s very hard’Prof Stiell said the survey also asked “What are you most passionate about?” which he said was an interesting question.”
It was an opportunity to ask what is your passion,” he told Business Insider.”
That’s probably what got me interested in computer modelling, and then I was thinking about how I could do something about it.””
There’s this really interesting idea that if you’re passionate about something, then you’ll be able learn something that will be useful for the rest of your life.
“There are lots of things in life that are going to make you happy, and so if you are going on to be happy, then learning maths will be a good place to start.”
“It’s also important to think about how much you’re going to do in the field, and how long you’re really going to have to work in it.”
The survey also looked at the reasons people didn’t get a degree in mathematics.
Prof Stiesl said there were three main reasons: “a lack of ambition” for a PhD, not having the skills or interest for a job in computer simulation, and “a sense of not wanting to do maths”.
“I have two kids, and I don’t have the same desire to do this kind of maths as a person who is a mother of three,” he added.
“The problem with having a PhD is that I have three children, and they’re in maths.
So you don’t want to have one of your kids who’s going through maths.”
Then you get the sense that maths is a hard subject.
“What I’m interested in doing is making predictions about things that are really hard to predict.”‘
Too hard’In a sense, the survey is a reflection of the world in which we live, said Prof Stieshl.
“We’re in an age where we’re looking at the world, and you can see that we have a lot going on, so it’s hard for people to get excited about it.”
And it’s difficult for people who are passionate about it to actually make the most of it.”