My Math Forum  

Go Back   My Math Forum > Math Forums > Academic Guidance

Academic Guidance Academic Guidance - Academic guidance for those pursuing a college degree... what college? Grad school? PhD help?

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
March 25th, 2010, 06:30 PM   #1
Joined: Mar 2010

Posts: 1
Thanks: 0

Learning Pure math as a doctor

I am pursuing a medical career -neurologist

However, do you think it is possible for me to self-learn pure-mathematics, and make significant contributions and publications, even without bieng a full time mathematician.
321 is offline  
March 25th, 2010, 07:19 PM   #2
Global Moderator
CRGreathouse's Avatar
Joined: Nov 2006
From: UTC -5

Posts: 16,046
Thanks: 938

Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms
Re: Learning Pure math as a doctor

Fermat held a full-time career (as a lawyer) while being one of the mathematical greats. It's possible, but it does take a time commitment.
CRGreathouse is offline  
April 3rd, 2010, 01:56 PM   #3
Senior Member
Joined: Oct 2007
From: Chicago

Posts: 1,701
Thanks: 3

Re: Learning Pure math as a doctor

It's definitely possible to have a good enough understanding to keep up with contemporary mathematics (at least, in the small area you'll find most interesting.) Being able to contribute will require a much greater time commitment, and will be rather difficult without at least some formal training. The formal training is more about learning to think "like a mathematician"-- if you can learn to do that sufficiently well on your own, then it's certainly possible.

Of course, I'll have to repeat that it will take a good deal of commitment to be able to contribute.
cknapp is offline  

  My Math Forum > Math Forums > Academic Guidance

doctor, learning, math, pure

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Learning Finite Math without learning Add Math before? jackieoeoe Academic Guidance 1 January 20th, 2014 06:33 PM
Advice on (re?)learning math for proofs. Elidor Math Books 1 January 17th, 2014 11:45 PM
Brainstorming - Help design a pure math op sys at bit level? BenFRayfield Math Software 0 May 29th, 2013 06:35 PM
learning math outside a university lpp Academic Guidance 18 April 11th, 2013 08:59 PM
I am having some issues learning a certain math.... skibblesx Algebra 1 June 12th, 2009 10:15 AM

Copyright © 2019 My Math Forum. All rights reserved.