20150915, 16:08  #12 
If I May
"Chris Halsall"
Sep 2002
Barbados
2B38_{16} Posts 

20150915, 17:25  #13  
"Bob Silverman"
Nov 2003
North of Boston
7,507 Posts 
Quote:
attempting to prove a problem that no one else knows how to solve. The truth is often painful. All I have said in this thread that it is arrogant to claim an attempt to solve a problem without having studied it. I have also suggested that that OP's knowledge of basic level mathematics is deficient. It is sufficiently deficient that what he is doing is a clear case of trying to run before he knows how to walk. See the youtube presentation on Why do you Want a PhD in Mathematics. It is spot on. Last fiddled with by R.D. Silverman on 20150915 at 17:28 

20150915, 17:30  #14 
If I May
"Chris Halsall"
Sep 2002
Barbados
11064_{10} Posts 

20150915, 17:33  #15 
"Bob Silverman"
Nov 2003
North of Boston
16523_{8} Posts 

20150915, 17:40  #16 
If I May
"Chris Halsall"
Sep 2002
Barbados
2^{3}·3·461 Posts 
Actually, I ask it to show that people can be productive without having letters after their name.
To put on the table (as I've said before) I don't even have a Bachelors. I have managed people with PhDs who couldn't produce as much as those who dropped out of high school because they were bored.... 
20150915, 17:45  #17  
"Bob Silverman"
Nov 2003
North of Boston
1D53_{16} Posts 
Quote:
those parts of it that I had finished as a master's level thesis. I had already passed my quals. Quote:


20150915, 17:53  #18 
If I May
"Chris Halsall"
Sep 2002
Barbados
2^{3}×3×461 Posts 

20150915, 17:55  #19  
"Bob Silverman"
Nov 2003
North of Boston
7,507 Posts 
Quote:
a conjecture in postgraduate mathematics that no one knows how to solve. It was clear from his query that he really didn't understand the nature of the problem, nor had he bothered to read what had been tried before. He didn't even seem to know the connections between the problem and Ergodic and Tauberien theory. I have heard the claim "I don't need to know what's been done before. Such knowledge only gets in the way of creativity". This is a nonsensical claim in math. ... and gets points on the crankometer....... Instead of wasting time trying to prove something that no one knows how to do, he would have been much more PRODUCTIVE (emphasis mine since you brought up productivity as an issue) by proving something that is known, or something that can be proven by a simple extension of what is known. He should have read the GreenTao paper IN DETAIL until he understood it and the background math behind it. As has been said, progress in math is made by standing on the shoulders of giants. One does NOT make progress on unsolved problems by standing on the void. Last fiddled with by R.D. Silverman on 20150915 at 18:12 Reason: add sentence 

20150915, 17:58  #20  
"Bob Silverman"
Nov 2003
North of Boston
16523_{8} Posts 
Quote:
A vague and meaningless generality and aphorism. Dream on...... One does not solve unsolved problems in math or physis with just "street smarts". 

20150915, 18:12  #21  
If I May
"Chris Halsall"
Sep 2002
Barbados
2^{3}×3×461 Posts 
Quote:
When hiring someone to do the work I want them to do, I tend to ignore the letters after their name (unless it's a MCSE, in which case I drop them down in the rankings). In fact, I test the candidates to see if they can do what they claim to be able to do. I have had MSc's unable to log into a Linux server, even though this was explicitly detailed as a job requirement. One went as far as to call me to claim that he should have gotten the job "because I have a Masters! 

20150915, 18:17  #22  
"Bob Silverman"
Nov 2003
North of Boston
7,507 Posts 
Quote:
I once interviewed a job candidate with a BA in comp. sci. from Penn. His resume presented what seemed to be a strong math background (even by my standards) including a course in modern algebra. When I started asking him about how he would approach a couple of problems it transpired that he did not know what a finite field was, despite a claim A in the course..... [Note: this was for a research position in algorithms] 

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