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April 13th, 2012, 03:20 PM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Apr 2012 Posts: 1 Thanks: 0  learning math outside a university
Hi everyone! What are your opinion: can one study maths succesfully without getting into a university/college? My other concern is if people without university degrees can get jobs in related fields? I apologize for my bad English. 
April 14th, 2012, 08:39 PM  #2 
Global Moderator 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 math outside a university
Yes, you can study math without going to university. MIT OpenCourseWare, the OEIS, Kahn Academy, and other resources make this much easier than it was (say) 15 years ago. I'm not sure what to say about jobs. There's no math job you could get without going to college  in fact, most math jobs aren't available unless you have at least a Master's degree. But you can find related jobs like programming that don't require a degree, sure. 
April 20th, 2012, 12:13 PM  #3  
Math Team Joined: Mar 2012 From: India, West Bengal Posts: 3,871 Thanks: 86 Math Focus: Number Theory  Re: learning math outside a university Quote:
(after hearing that, i dont think that anyone is gonna help me! )  
April 20th, 2012, 11:06 PM  #4  
Senior Member Joined: Jul 2010 From: St. Augustine, FL., U.S.A.'s oldest city Posts: 12,211 Thanks: 520 Math Focus: Calculus/ODEs  Re: learning math outside a university Quote:
I really doubt anyone here is going to want to stifle your curiosity.  
April 21st, 2012, 01:09 AM  #5 
Math Team Joined: Mar 2012 From: India, West Bengal Posts: 3,871 Thanks: 86 Math Focus: Number Theory  Re: learning math outside a university
Oh, what a relif! Most people in my country (exeption, father, mother, sisters etc) think that i hv to be more systematic, they want to supress my interest. So, if anyone helps me i will be very very greateful to him. And I apologize for calling you Mark, you are as old as my father, sorry for that. Without any guide, i dont think i can keep it up. Thanks again. 
April 21st, 2012, 08:44 AM  #6 
Senior Member Joined: Jul 2010 From: St. Augustine, FL., U.S.A.'s oldest city Posts: 12,211 Thanks: 520 Math Focus: Calculus/ODEs  Re: learning math outside a university
I'm old enough to be your grandfather if I had had a child at 18 and that child had a child at 18! I'm not old fashioned, my name is Mark and you may call me by my name regardless of your age. In this country we are happy when a child does something (legal) other than play video games. Seriously though, I think academic interests should be encouraged and cultivated among the youth. I can think of few things more systematic than mathematics. 
April 22nd, 2012, 08:15 AM  #7  
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April 22nd, 2012, 08:35 AM  #8  
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April 23rd, 2012, 12:37 AM  #9 
Math Team Joined: Mar 2012 From: India, West Bengal Posts: 3,871 Thanks: 86 Math Focus: Number Theory  Re: learning math outside a university
Here is a list of my books: Algebra  Artin Differential and integral calculus  R. Courant Emperor's new mind  R. Penrose Mathmatical analysis  Tom. M. Apostol Introduction to topology and mordern analysis  G. F Simmons Complex variables  Lipschutz Higher algebra  H.S Hall Discrete Math  Lipson Differential equation and the calculus of variations  E. Elsgots Mathematics can be fun  Ya. Perelman A school geometry  Hall & Stevens Linear Algebra  V. A Ilyin & E. G Pozniak Elements of co ordinate geometry  S. L Loney Plane Trigonometry I, II  S. L Loney Posts machine  V. A Uspensky Elements of Partial Differential Equation  I. N Sneddon Higher algebra  Bernald & Child These books are my elementary rescources. I dont think I can give you my whole list, so here are some of the favourite books of mine : Galois theory  A. Cox Solving The Quintic By Iteration  P. Doyle & C. McMullen On the system of linear diophantine equation  Felix Lazebnik Abels Proof  Peter Pesic Basic Algebra  Nathan Jacobson The proof of fermats last theorem  Nigel Boston Abstract algebra, Theory and application  T. W Judson Abel and the insolvability of the quintic  Jim Brown A topologycal proof of abel  ruffini theorem  H. Zoladek Z How to solve a diophantine equation : a number theoretic approach  R. J Strocker An introduction to diophantine equations  Titu Andreescu & Dori Andrica Calculus (vol I, II)  Tom M Apostol Complexity issues on newtons sums of polynomial  A. Bostan About diophantine equations, an analytic approach  K. M Boubaker Beyond the quartic equation  R. B King Class field theory  J. S Milne Cliffords geometrical algebra  A. J Wilson Consise encyclopedia of mathematics  E. W Weisstein A primer on the dickson invariants  C. Wilkerson Differential galois theory  Moshe Kamensky Diophantine equation and riemann hypothesis  A. P Peretti Diophantine equation and integral points on elliptic curves  J. Reynolds Introduction to diophantine equations  T. Davis Resultant and Discriminant of polynomials  S. Janson Solving solvable quintics  D. S Dummit Solvable sextic equations  M. L Glasser & C. Boswell Proofs from THE BOOK  M. Aigner 
April 24th, 2012, 04:48 AM  #10 
Senior Member Joined: Jun 2011 Posts: 298 Thanks: 0  Re: learning math outside a university
Thanks


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