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March 25th, 2010, 07:30 PM   #1
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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.
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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.
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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.
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