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by albertmills
November 29th, 2015, 10:33 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: To the mathematicians out there...
Replies: 11
Views: 1763

To the mathematicians out there...

<t>A question for the mathematicians out there:Are major discoveries in mathematics often discovered independently by multiple people at around the same time?Do major discoveries in mathematics logically follow from prior discoveries?The reason I ask is because in physics (and engineering) many majo...
by albertmills
October 16th, 2015, 9:01 pm
Forum: Programming and Software Forum
Topic: Programming Grunt work
Replies: 7
Views: 3360

Programming Grunt work

<t>To all the programmers out there: (I'm not one, have only done some trivial procedural and object oriented programming):I was just curious why programming involves lots of grunt work (from what I hear) . I would have thought that competent programmers would be able to write programs to automate t...
by albertmills
August 21st, 2015, 3:10 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Potential employer wants confirmation of current salary?
Replies: 6
Views: 4254

Potential employer wants confirmation of current salary?

Thanks for the advice Dominic, you read the situation very well. It sounds like government agencies have similar issues, no matter the industry or the country.
by albertmills
August 20th, 2015, 7:12 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Potential employer wants confirmation of current salary?
Replies: 6
Views: 4254

Potential employer wants confirmation of current salary?

<t>Say you get an offer (not in finance, or banking), and you reply to the potential offer saying, "It's too low, I would only take a salary of minimum of X dollars (it's the top of the range for which they had advertised the position), and even then I'd be taking a pay cut if I were to accept the o...
by albertmills
July 16th, 2015, 9:15 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Houston-based quants??
Replies: 15
Views: 189964

Houston-based quants??

QuoteOriginally posted by: tagomaI'll probably be spending a couple of days in Houston in August. Any recommendations? BTW is Ponch roaming on the highways over there, I don't remember.Visit the space center. The Saturn V rocket is very impressive.
by albertmills
July 13th, 2015, 11:40 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Are thesis topics pre-selected these days?
Replies: 9
Views: 1935

Are thesis topics pre-selected these days?

<t>It seems like a lot of supervisors have funding for certain projects and are looking for students to work on those project only. In other words you don't go to a grad supervisor, and find something you'd like to write a thesis on. You go to a grad supervisor, and work on whatever niche topic they...
by albertmills
June 26th, 2015, 2:18 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Physics to law?
Replies: 5
Views: 3703

Physics to law?

<r>Here's an interesting guy. A math professor who went to law school at age 47. His full time job is still as a math prof, but he works 'social justice' type cases on the side. Even argued in front of the supreme court of Canada.<URL url="http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2014/01/05/peter_rosenthal...
by albertmills
June 23rd, 2015, 5:54 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Physics to law?
Replies: 5
Views: 3703

Physics to law?

<t>Personality/ability wise how suited is a law career for people who studied physics? I know the job scene for lawyers is bad now, but that's not what I'm asking. I also know physics majors do well on the lsat, but that has nothing to do with how much they like working as a lawyer, which is what I ...
by albertmills
June 9th, 2015, 2:33 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Makes sense to start a quant career at 35?
Replies: 19
Views: 6486

Makes sense to start a quant career at 35?

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: andyusa1I have a PhD in Computer Science from a middle tier US university. I have since been in academia in various roles (research scientist, adjunct professor, consultant, etc.). Area of research - Theoretical CS and Machine Learning, applied to Bioinformatics and Nat...
by albertmills
June 8th, 2015, 4:02 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Makes sense to start a quant career at 35?
Replies: 19
Views: 6486

Makes sense to start a quant career at 35?

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: andyusa1I have a PhD in Computer Science from a middle tier US university. I have since been in academia in various roles (research scientist, adjunct professor, consultant, etc.). Area of research - Theoretical CS and Machine Learning, applied to Bioinformatics and Nat...
by albertmills
June 8th, 2015, 3:02 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Makes sense to start a quant career at 35?
Replies: 19
Views: 6486

Makes sense to start a quant career at 35?

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: andyusa1I have a PhD in Computer Science from a middle tier US university. I have since been in academia in various roles (research scientist, adjunct professor, consultant, etc.). Area of research - Theoretical CS and Machine Learning, applied to Bioinformatics and Nat...
by albertmills
June 2nd, 2015, 4:39 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Einstein - published in 1905 & still at the patent office in 1909
Replies: 10
Views: 2098

Einstein - published in 1905 & still at the patent office in 1909

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: AlanGood question. A little googling shows it's answered in Pais's biography "Subtle is the Lord..". In brief, a combination of money issues (academic pay sucked!), inflexible rules about submitting a brand new (unpublished!) piece of research, and proscrastination.Sear...
by albertmills
June 1st, 2015, 9:36 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Is this offensive?
Replies: 2
Views: 1891

Is this offensive?

<r>Science magazine withdrew the following article. It doesn't seem too offensive to me, it seems like it has some reasonable points, but a lot of women feel otherwise.<URL url="https://web.archive.org/web/20150601150626/http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/career_magazine/previous_issues/articles/2...
by albertmills
June 1st, 2015, 9:34 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Einstein - published in 1905 & still at the patent office in 1909
Replies: 10
Views: 2098

Einstein - published in 1905 & still at the patent office in 1909

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: trackstarThere are some good biographies and his own reminiscences. Einstein was pretty rebellious and had not been a great student. Given the era and norms/politics of academia (that tend to endure today), it was not too likely that he would be welcomed there, even wit...
by albertmills
June 1st, 2015, 4:16 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Einstein - published in 1905 & still at the patent office in 1909
Replies: 10
Views: 2098

Einstein - published in 1905 & still at the patent office in 1909

<r>Einstein published four famous papers in 1905 ( Annus mirabilis papers). He was still at the Swiss patent office in 1909. Why was he there so long after publishing?Puts any thoughts about how you could be doing something better with your life than working your current job in perspective, consider...
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