# the fact that nobody gives a fuck about mathematicians is a good thing

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ecmm

for example take even a famous mathematician, like a fields medalist.

99.9% of the population will have no idea who the f they are.

on the other hand, they will be famous within mathematicians and have all the prestige and the good work opportunities that come from it, without having the shortcomings of being famous within the general population.

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hxze

Unabomber

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sxoo

Terence Tao is pretty well known outside of math

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wajc

Villani is very well known

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tfyu

Villani is very well known

But only for the reasons any politican is; tons of people just passively despise him probably. Different than having admirers at every major analysis place in the world or whatever he enjoys in math.

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ecmm

Villani is very well known

as much as any politician, good work in finding the worst example possibile mate, good work.

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ecmm

Terence Tao is pretty well known outside of math

he is probably the only mathematician marginally known outside of the math population, and more because he is a math prodigy than for his serious math achievements.

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ezbd

Actually it is best to be at the top level but not a FM winner or similar. Those people have to deal with annoying groupie undergrads and suckers-up at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum etc, and are constantly being harassed to present their face for fundraising or to defend woke causes and so on.

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frmr

Being a top mathematician is a pretty good gig, I agree.

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kasa

ted kaczynski is known to everyone, more than any fields medalist.

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11. Top Mathematician
ecmm

ted kaczynski is known to everyone, more than any fields medalist.

irrelevant

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frmr

you know what else is a good thing? That nobody gives a fuck.

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kswh

In short, one should draw the attention of the right crowd, and not the wrong one.

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zuku

I agree, we wont be replaced by AI

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mizg

I agree, we wont be replaced by AI

The cost of Azure computing resources would far outweigh any prize money won by solving big conjectures.

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wghz

Why would you want the attention of random people anyway? The 99.9% you speak of are monkeys whose idea of mathematicians begins and ends with beautiful mind or good will hunting, and they'll be more impressed by you splitting a bill evenly rather than trying to explain what you're working on.

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frmr

If you are looking for external validation in your life then dont become a mathematician. thats for sure.

Why would you want the attention of random people anyway? The 99.9% you speak of are monkeys whose idea of mathematicians begins and ends with beautiful mind or good will hunting, and they'll be more impressed by you splitting a bill evenly rather than trying to explain what you're working on.

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qdzg

Think you meant "drawbacks" instead of "shortcomings."

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xsnr

Terence Tao is pretty well known outside of math

Surprisingly not. I've known many undergrad math majors (even at places like Harvard) who did not know who Terence Tao was. I would say Terence Tao is the mathematician (who isn't also a politician, etc.) known by the most people, but would still say only 0.1% of the population would know who he is, maybe even less.

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bblv

Why would you want the attention of random people anyway? The 99.9% you speak of are monkeys whose idea of mathematicians begins and ends with beautiful mind or good will hunting, and they'll be more impressed by you splitting a bill evenly rather than trying to explain what you're working on.

Why do so many mathematicians have such an overinflated opinion of themselves? It's always the "but we're smarter than X" line. Are you though, putting other people down to raise yourself up? It's like one massive coping mechanism because you didn't receive enough love as children.

I think a lot of you need to expand your world horizons. No wonder this forum has so many incels.

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