Snake Fight Thesis Defense and Spherical Cows

This is one of my favorite internet jokes on the Thesis defense.

https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/faq-the-snake-fight-portion-of-your-thesis-defense

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Careers after grad school Pt. 1

I live in the United States (please don’t stalk me) and I stress a lot about the job market for mathematicians. As of 2017, it’s pretty rough out here. When I get stressed I like to look up statistics to scare myself. I don’t know why I do this. This is not a good habit.

But the American Math Society does an annual survey of PhD graduates each year. You can learn which areas are the most popular, which areas get jobs, who earns the most money, etc.

Here’s a link to the AMS’s page: Data on the Profession

Of course, the survey I’m specifically referring to is the AMS Annual Survey (please see here)

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Bill Thurston’s “On Proof and Progress” or as I prefer: “Why do I, as an individual, matter?”

Math prof to class: “Who is the most famous mathematician of all time?”

Brave student: “Gauss!”

Math prof: “Close! But Gauss is only the second most famous mathematician”

Student: “Who’s the most famous then?”

Math Prof: “Ted Kaczynski”

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