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June 15th, 2014, 02:50 AM  #1 
Senior Member Joined: Mar 2012 From: Belgium Posts: 654 Thanks: 11  Mathematician's research
Hi, I am currently 17 years old and I have to choose what I will study in university next year. I would like to study mathematics and eventually do my doctorate and become some kind of researcher/teacher on the university. But I was wondering now if there's a lot being researched by mathematicians. I assume a lot of people are working on, for example, the Riemann hypothesis, but are there enough nonfamous problems/ things to be researched? Anyone with experience that could give me some extra information about this? I'm hesitating whether I should study maths or not, so any information is welcome. Thanks in advance. Last edited by skipjack; June 15th, 2014 at 05:20 PM. 
June 15th, 2014, 03:07 AM  #2 
Banned Camp Joined: Feb 2013 Posts: 224 Thanks: 6  Composition
I'm 43 years old and I only graduated High School. Here's how I look at it. Mathematics is like ballet. All the moves have been invented. You only have to put them together in a choreography. Or Wrestling (WWE). All the moves have been invented, you just have to put it together. Same with real fighting, martial arts (UFC). Or musical instruments. All have been invented. You CAN invent a new musical instrument, mechanical or electronic, but that's a slim chance, and it probably won't catch on. With music, the art is in creating a "composition". That's why I like Geometry. It is an art in what you can compose. Like M. C. Escher. Here's my greatest composition. It took 25 years to figure it out. https://www.flickr.com/photos/85937466@N02/14215765948/ 
June 15th, 2014, 08:12 AM  #3 
Math Team Joined: Oct 2011 From: Ottawa Ontario, Canada Posts: 14,290 Thanks: 1023 
Very nice L_Q


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