“A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.” ~ Chinese proverb?
I am an applied mathematician. I earn my living doing computer models of power plants. In some of my spare time, I do whatever mathematics interests me.
I have a B.S. from Caltech, and an M.S. from Carnegie-Mellon, both in mathematics. As an undergraduate I took a fair amount of physics, enough that as a grad student, I TA’d freshman physics. Of course, I TA’d calculus; but best of all was designing and teaching a summer course in mathematical modeling, for each of the 3 years I was at CMU.
It might be too conservative to say that my goal is to understand all the mathematics used through second-year graduate school in mathematics, physics, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, and economics. But i’ll go with it for now.
That’s a tall order – for me at least – and I’m not there. Frankly, I don’t really expect to ever get there.
“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?” ~ Robert Browning (via ThinkExist.com).