Date: 2016-10-08 03:14 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yhlee
You're probably right about writing proofs vs. writing computer programs? But the kind of math they wanted for computer programs was the kind of math that I was desperately slow at (discrete math, algorithms, combinatorics, etc.), and I was even more desperately slow at debugging my stuff when it went wrong. I just could not keep up with the people who were actively good at CS. I was kind of a late bloomer in math, too, and still feel like an incredible impostor about it. I always started my problem sets the day I got them so that my backbrain had time to chew on the problems, which saved my ass once we got to upper-division math and the problems were proofs instead of computations. I can do computations on short notice if I absolutely have to. I can't hurry a proof. :] Anyway, thank God I am done with undergrad and don't have to go back...

There are all sorts of math things that were once believed to be of no possible practical use that...turned out to have practical uses. It's adorable. =) Heck, when I was introduced to quadratic residues, it was in the context of a crypto class--it's my understanding that they were originally just random abstract number theory!
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