Or what do you think makes someone a good mathematician?
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- Thread Starter
- 04-04-2013 22:57
- 04-04-2013 23:13
Basically, if you like maths, and are reasonably good at it, then you should survive degree level maths (I say 'reasonably good' and 'survive' because this is the bare minimum. Obviously if you find it interesting and scraped a B at A level, you could get through a maths degree at a reasonably good university, but if you live and breathe it, and flew through your A-levels with A*A* in Maths and FM, and an S in STEP, then maybe Cambridge/Oxford/Imperial/Warwick are your standard)
The second question: Even harder to answer. But then even easier. A good mathematician is subjective. To me, it is someone who not only finds what an A-level student views maths as easy, but can think outside the box, one who can innovate, create and explore. Maths is a beautiful subject, and a great mathematician is one who can truly appreciate it for what it is, and strives to understand exactly what it has to offer. Granted, it helps if you're right, but it also helps to accept this is rarely the case, and a lot of great minds get things wrong.