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My new lifetime project

Read all these books

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graduate_Texts_in_Mathematics
Permalink Rick Zeng 
July 25th, 2007 10:47pm
Wait, hold on, I'm going to use my psychic powers on you!

Sources tell me... you are a virgin!
Permalink Michael B 
July 25th, 2007 10:48pm
I thought I wanted to do that too.  Then I took math courses. All they are is proofs.

Fuck.
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
July 25th, 2007 10:58pm
Yes, they are :)

Applied maths may be better though:

http://www.math.uwaterloo.ca/AM_Dept/undergrad/programs.shtml
Permalink Rick Zeng 
July 25th, 2007 11:02pm
I thought maybe you were going to aspire to become Turing complete...
Permalink Send private email Philo 
July 25th, 2007 11:09pm
why?
Permalink Bot Berlin 
July 25th, 2007 11:18pm
Why what?
Permalink Rick Zeng 
July 25th, 2007 11:19pm
Why read all of those books?
Permalink Bot Berlin 
July 25th, 2007 11:21pm
No reason.

Just not to waste time :)
Permalink Rick Zeng 
July 25th, 2007 11:22pm
Why read all of them, can't you pick a particular topic.  I know math majors generally pick something like topology or something.  And normally you wont "Read" the books but actually go through the algorithms and do the proofs.
Permalink Bot Berlin 
July 25th, 2007 11:24pm
Of course, read means all that stuff.

Sigh. Probably not all. Just enough to pass Math. PhD comprehensive exam
Permalink Rick Zeng 
July 25th, 2007 11:28pm
woot. one of these was my number theory professor (i think he has 4 books on the list). he was tough. he assigned unsolved problems on the final.
Permalink strawdog soubriquet 
July 25th, 2007 11:36pm
I hate to insult you so much, Rick, but that's a stupid goal.  it's a lazy way out to stick to that series.  Also, unless you took a lot more math at UBC than you've ever maentioned, most of them will be too advanced.  have you already done senior-level analysis courses?  multi-variable boundary-value problems?  linear algebra?  it's unlikely that all those books are the best ones for their topic.
Permalink ward on a treo 700p 
July 25th, 2007 11:44pm
I took more math courses than I will ever need, if I keep working in this stupid place...
Permalink Rick Zeng 
July 25th, 2007 11:58pm
Obviously, not any 400 level courss.
Permalink Rick Zeng 
July 26th, 2007 12:01am
There is no such thing as a PhD comprehensive exam.  Maybe one you take en route to getting the PhD, but at the end you demonstrate that you know one thing incredibly well, well enough that at least 3 highly trained people in your field who have had time to rip apart your thesis can't really find any reason to deny you a doctorate.  Not only that, you have to have made "a lasting contribution to the body of science".
Permalink Aaron 
July 26th, 2007 12:02am
I would suggest, if you are serious and I dont think you are.  Doing something like bluebeard (with the forex thing), setting up a blog, "math for dummies" or something.  "statistics for people who don't know statistics"

I bought a couple of statistics for dummies books thinking I want to do the same thing.  I got to about Gaussian distribution or something and that was it.
Permalink Bot Berlin 
July 26th, 2007 12:04am
> Just not to waste time :)

Then read the complete archie comic book series. You'll learn a lot.
Permalink son of parnas 
July 26th, 2007 12:33am
I think to say of math courses "all they are is proofs" is to somehow underestimate what mathematical proofs should be about. What mathematical proof should be about is coming to a complete understanding of why and how something is true, approaching it from many different directions, seeing the connections with related things, and ultimately being able to write down a proof that is different from the one first learned.

There is some sense in which proving things is the whole of mathematics.
Permalink Send private email bon vivant 
July 26th, 2007 1:52am
Aaron,

"There is no such thing as a PhD comprehensive exam.  Maybe one you take en route to getting the PhD..."

Yeah, that's what I meant.

Bot, I agree. "For dummies" books in general don't work for academic subjects. You need to find books written by professionals who know how to explain their subjects.
Permalink Rick Zeng 
July 26th, 2007 2:29am
Yeah, you are right in doubting my motive.

I still have not finish reading Donald Knuth The Art of Programming volume one.
Permalink Rick Zeng 
July 26th, 2007 2:33am
Yeah, not gonna get anywhere if you didn't get to 400 and 410.
Permalink Send private email Ward 
July 26th, 2007 3:08am
I was a math major, now I can't remember how to do a single piece of calculus. It's all lost. Oh well.
Permalink LeftWingPharisee 
July 26th, 2007 5:51am
I think reading all those books for "no reason" WOULD be a waste of time.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
July 26th, 2007 9:53am
Heck. I wonder what your reason for having a son...
Permalink Rick Zeng 
July 26th, 2007 12:00pm
Ah, that's too bad.  Insulting me about my son, eh?  And here I was just trying to be helpful.

Well, you do whatever you want to do with your life project.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
July 26th, 2007 12:07pm

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