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MATH SCHOLAR: You Have To Like Thinking About How Things Work

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Alexander is a visiting Math Scholar at the University of California Berkeley. His days are filled with going seminars, interchanging ideas with other researchers, figuring out proofs, conducting research and writing. Alexander is very passionate about math; his research is closely related to theoretical physics.

Degree: Mathematics
Job Title: Visiting Scholar - Mathematics

Job Summary: Mathematicians

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Mathematicians use high-level mathematics and technology to develop new mathematical principles, understand relationships between existing principles, and solve real-world problems.

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m='10540'>quantum</span> <span m='10805'>field</span> <span m='11070'>theory,</span> <span m='11510'>which</span> <span m='11710'>is</span> <span m='11830'>theoretical</span> <span m='12330'>physics.</span> </p><p><span m='13210'>Well,</span> <span m='13430'>a</span> <span m='13590'>typical</span> <span m='13760'>day</span> <span m='14190'>is</span> <span m='15090'>I wake</span> <span m='15570'>up,</span> <span m='15850'>go</span> <span m='15950'>to</span> <span m='16070'>university.</span> <span m='17260'>There</span> <span m='17360'>might</span> <span m='17590'>be</span> <span m='17750'>some</span> <span m='18000'>seminars</span> <span m='18440'>and</span> <span m='18500'>courses</span> <span m='18890'>I</span> <span m='19040'>attend</span> <span m='19710'>to</span> <span m='20310'>get</span> <span m='20420'>together</span> <span m='20690'>with</span> <span m='20840'>other</span> <span m='21010'>researchers,</span> <span m='21780'>exchange</span> <span m='21970'>information</span> <span m='22600'>and</span> <span m='22730'>stuff.</span> <span m='23520'>And</span> <span m='23610'>the</span> <span m='23680'>rest</span> <span m='23880'>of</span> <span m='23950'>the</span> <span m='24050'>day</span> <span m='24320'>I either</span> <span m='24630'>spend</span> <span m='24980'>researching,</span> <span m='25620'>trying</span> <span m='25880'>to</span> <span m='25950'>figure</span> <span m='26150'>out</span> <span m='26380'>proofs,</span> <span m='27800'>doing</span> <span m='27930'>online</span> <span m='28290'>research</span> <span m='28870'>looking</span> <span m='29080'>for</span> <span m='29230'>books,</span> <span m='29840'>articles,</span> <span m='30430'>and</span> <span m='30480'>so</span> <span m='30650'>on.</span> <span m='31750'>Well,</span> <span m='32119'>if</span> <span m='32229'>I've</span> <span m='32280'>got</span> <span m='32420'>something</span> <span m='32680'>interesting,</span> <span m='33470'>I</span> <span m='33885'>have to</span> <span m='34300'>put</span> <span m='34470'>it</span> <span m='34520'>back</span> <span m='34650'>together,</span> <span m='35630'>write</span> <span m='35840'>it</span> <span m='35920'>down</span> <span m='36260'>and</span> <span m='36470'>talk</span> <span m='36660'>to my</span> <span m='36780'>supervisor</span> <span m='37320'>about</span> <span m='37620'>it.</span> <span m='37770'>And</span> <span m='38010'>if</span> <span m='38090'>he's</span> <span m='38180'>happy,</span> <span m='38530'>then</span> <span m='38710'>I'm</span> <span m='38750'>happy,</span> <span m='38990'>too.</span> </p><p><span m='39620'>I</span> <span m='40040'>started</span> <span m='40320'>studying</span> <span m='40630'>math</span> <span m='40890'>in</span> <span m='41020'>Germany.</span> <span m='41375'>I</span> <span m='41730'>did</span> <span m='41820'>[INAUDIBLE]</span> <span m='42675'>and</span> <span m='43050'>bachelors</span> <span m='43260'>degree</span> <span m='43710'>there.</span> <span 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m='56080'>go</span> <span m='56250'>to</span> <span m='56440'>Berkeley</span> <span m='56900'>for</span> <span m='57155'>a</span> <span m='57410'>semester</span> <span m='58020'>and</span> <span m='58160'>just</span> <span m='58410'>asked me to</span> <span m='58710'>come</span> <span m='58890'>with</span> <span m='59080'>him,</span> <span m='59290'>so now</span> <span m='59520'>I'm</span> <span m='59810'>here.</span> </p><p><span m='60590'>It's</span> <span m='60700'>very</span> <span m='60880'>hard</span> <span m='61080'>to</span> <span m='61170'>get</span> <span m='61310'>into</span> <span m='61400'>mathematics.</span> <span m='62040'>So</span> <span m='62380'>the</span> <span m='62930'>first</span> <span m='63710'>two</span> <span m='63960'>or</span> <span m='64129'>three</span> <span m='64269'>semesters</span> <span m='64480'>can</span> <span m='64879'>be</span> <span m='65180'>really</span> <span m='65400'>hard.</span> <span m='65900'>But</span> <span m='66050'>if</span> <span m='66150'>you</span> <span m='66280'>like</span> <span m='66470'>the</span> <span m='66570'>subject,</span> <span m='67260'>then</span> <span m='67390'>you're</span> <span m='67540'>going</span> <span m='67790'>to be</span> <span m='67890'>fine.</span> <span m='68390'>Because</span> <span m='68480'>you can</span> <span m='68930'>pursue it.</span> <span m='69050'>You</span> <span m='69110'>can</span> <span m='69310'>put</span> <span m='69450'>all</span> <span m='69600'>the</span> <span m='69690'>work into</span> <span m='69990'>it</span> <span m='71010'>that</span> <span m='71120'>you</span> <span m='71235'>find</span> <span m='71490'>available.</span> </p><p><span m='72950'>And</span> <span m='73270'>it's</span> <span m='73690'>all</span> <span m='73890'>about</span> <span m='74130'>logics,</span> <span m='74500'>basically.</span> <span m='75100'>It's</span> <span m='75410'>about</span> <span m='75660'>theoretical</span> <span m='76190'>stuff.</span> <span m='77480'>There are</span> 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m='88740'>the</span> <span m='88790'>University</span> <span m='89260'>to</span> <span m='89430'>see</span> <span m='89720'>if</span> <span m='89850'>that's</span> <span m='89970'>something</span> <span m='90280'>for</span> <span m='90470'>you.</span> <span m='92170'>And</span> <span m='92330'>don't</span> <span m='92460'>be</span> <span m='92540'>surprised</span> <span m='92920'>if</span> <span m='92970'>you</span> <span m='93050'>don't</span> <span m='93250'>get</span> <span m='93370'>anything</span> <span m='93720'>in</span> <span m='93790'>the</span> <span m='93870'>first</span> <span m='94120'>lecture.</span> <span m='94420'>That's</span> <span m='94720'>just</span> <span m='94820'>the</span> <span m='94920'>usual</span> <span m='95020'>thing.</span> </p>","file":{"id":340726,"video_id":"3087353036001","name":"1769-Alexander - p - Math Scholar","duration":96061,"thumbnail_url":null}});