So you want to be a mathematician?

I’ll pass this on to my students.

The Intrepid Mathematician



A few years back, I volunteered for the Ontario Universities Fair and spoke to a high school student who loved mathematics and wanted to study it in university. I told him about our programs and we chatted about math.  He returned a few minutes after our discussion, this time with his mother.

“What good is studying mathematics? I want my son to be a CEO,” she said, arms crossed and brows knit.

Image result for ontario universities fair crowds ryerson The Ontario Universities Fair is held each Fall in Toronto. Thousands of high school students and their parents chat with university professors, staff, and students about post-secondary program options.

I pointed out how studying math can make you a great problem solver in any career. The analytic skills honed studying advanced mathematics would even benefit you as a CEO. Math is also fun and is universal in the sciences and engineering.

I don’t think she…

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"The mathematician's patterns, like the painter's or the poet's, must be beautiful; the ideas, like the colours or the words, must fit together in a harmonious way. " G H Hardy, A Mathematician's Apology (London 1941).

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