Mathematics at MIT

Many people think that they don’t like math and they think its hard, they think its very formal, they think it doesn’t say anything to them about their lives or something that they enjoy. But in fact I believe that the ability to appreciate math lies in everybody. For example, for me, Mathematics is just a way of connecting ideas that are really far apart from each other and sort of building a path or stepping stone to get from point A to point B. Maybe as a mathematician I’m sort of in this ether world, or look at the world from a different view point where I just see mathematics everywhere. The amazing thing about mathematics is that it can tell you things about the world. That’s something we know, but what does that really mean. One of the things I think is important to understand is that math is not just about formulas. It’s about ideas. The Math Department at MIT is the department that has the largest number of double majors. So what that means is that a lot of students at MIT like to do math because they recognize it is a really solid background to have, and then they attach something that they really want to do with their life. Many of them major in economics. Many of them major in biology. But the fact that we have the largest number of double majors speaks to the fact that math is the interdisciplinary piece with respect to all the other kind of majors you can have at MIT. The Math Department allows you to take a lot of courses that you just get to choose. You have to take some requirements but you get to choose a lot of them, and then you get to find something you like and really take a lot of courses in that and do a lot of really cool things. We also teach communication intensive courses in mathematics, which is very unusual. The communication intensive courses are courses in which students learn how to write and how to communicate in the major; so how to write in mathematics and how to communicate in mathematics. The students are fantastic. They are also very much willing to learn how to write a paper in math, how to deliver math, and they themselves feel like by the end of the class they can express their mathematical ideas much better than in the beginning. So its very interactive and I think at the end of the day very useful. The Math Department is great. Its a little daunting at first, especially because there are some people who come from backgrounds where they went to some big private school and did a lot of competition math and all sorts of math that just wasn’t available or I didn’t know existed before I came to MIT. It’s been a great experience. I’ve learned a lot about me as a person and said, “OK, this is definitely what I want to do.” And I think you know what you want to do when you’re just so happy doing whatever it is in the subject, really, no matter what it is. What’s amazing is how mathematics is used universally among people. So the mathematics that we do here in the United States is the same mathematics that goes on in other countries. It’s a very challenging subject but it is also a very well organized subject. There’s not such a thing as a gray area, either you get it or you don’t get it. Just like YES or NO. Mathematics is just everywhere and if we can understand mathematics and understand how it relates to the world then we can just make a better world. Because everything’s just mathematics.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Post navigation

100 thoughts on “Mathematics at MIT

  1. Education system in India is much difficult than others, as we learn many such difficult topics in our Class XII,but our coaching industries for preparation of IIT is making us a robot, and thus I am also becoming slowly-slowly a robot.

  2. Math at mit is no different from any university in the world actually. You can take calculus at any university if that university is capable of teaching it.

  3. 4:04 Not exactly. Sometimes you can prove that something is unproovable and it's opposite is unprovable too. For example, Infinities: what is the smallest infinity after ื0?

  4. Growing ( still am ) up math and science has/had been my fave subjects. Though, funny thing about it was how I'd always Excel in eLa and social studies instead. I mean, the lowest I got in math was a C, but that was back in 3rd grade. After that it was either a B or an A. Then later on mainly A's

  5. 40.123145789 milimarkz per lighticton segment=. Grade over balance grand over t.
    M,s sequence pi N variant y = The mass bar over infinity over y = z. Such that the grade difficientcy is moved than raised again to y xr divariales

  6. This is really awesome, and MIT does that at a world-class level. I'd also suggest that people check up the 10 Commandments to Higher Mathematical Learning. It's a 10-principle visual guide that discusses how to make higher math an efficient and meaningful pursuit.

  7. ไธญๅ›ฝ็ ”็ฉถ็”Ÿ็œŸๆ˜ฏๅป‰ไปทๅฅฝ็”จ็š„ๅŠฉๆ•™๐Ÿ˜‚

  8. I got 5 gpa in Mathematics AP Calculus AB but not given any Olympiad specifically, I really want to experience Math, so MIT will accept me?

  9. To all those (atheists) who say "Maths is the language of the universe":
    No. It isn't.

    Maths is a language that humans have created to try to understand the universe – and NOTHING MORE.

    If you can show me a 'number' that physically exists, anywhere in the universe, then I'll take back my words.
    Before you say, "Ah, but Maths is conceptual and therefor doesn't exist physically", just think. Okay? Think!
    ….Do you get what I'm implying?

  10. actually people double major or get a minor in math because it's usually a class or two away from their major. i'm a computer science major and to get a minor in math, i'd have to just take Calc 3 on top of the required math for CS.

    engineers and science majors just think "might as well, it's just a few more courses".

    People who do start in math and go into engineering or science usually realize they need something to apply their math in order to be more marketable.

  11. In Mathematics, you donโ€™t just understand equations and concepts. You get use to them. -John Von Neumann
    Therefore, explains why practice exams are provided before each exam.

  12. it's frustrating to feel like humanity has achieved so much but somehow, it feels like we're not even close to finding what we're looking for

  13. ืœื™ืžื•ื“ื™ ืชื•ื•ื™ื ืœืชื•ืคื™ื โ€“ Vocabulary studies for drums says:

    I hate so much math๐Ÿ˜ก

  14. Is there anything new in Math, Technology have surpassed Math already. Tried to create another field in Math, Please.

  15. O jesus i think this math took me 13 years to learn this crap but im already 14 im turning 15 wish me luck

  16. Math is an meaningless practice like all other things in this world. At the end, what is "meaningful" anyway?

  17. Literally

  18. Maths is not logical u need to be creative be creative then u can only discover in maths going with logic this won't last long at a higher level

  19. Why is your annual tuition $51,000, when you receive a $16 billion endowment, and your top staff members get salaries of nearly $1 million?

  20. At age 28 I graduated Cal Poly with a degree in Ind Eng and had completed Differential Equations.
    As a Process Eng. at Weyerhaeuser Co. I tried to figure how to use calculus to determine the size of core that would produce the optimum number of studs from the veneer lathe. I solved the problem using descriptive geometry.
    I helped solve a bearing problem on the Boeing 737 wing using a cut away bearing model to explain along with a comparison to a problem solved on a fish cleaning machine in Alaska.

    As Chief Engineer for a manufacturer of wood processing machines, I converted steel fabrication techniques into servo controlled burners. The parts were drawn to scale and the thickness of the line was the kerf.
    As an inventor, I have designed wheels and tracks that make the ground better by driving on it. The mathematicians and engineers working for the corporations that I approach with my white papers evaluate based on software and they reject my ideas. I have created a data base by building and testing five prototypes.
    I qualified on the Boeing FCS Program (50 billion over 5 years ). It was cancelled in 2009 with no results.
    I believe our schools are creating virtual engineers who do not believe in learning by correcting mistakes.

  21. In kindergarten 1+2=3โ˜บ
    In school x+y=z ๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ˜ฏ
    In collage ยฅ + ยฃ =๐Ÿ˜ฑ
    But it is awesome though ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  22. Why do you keep doing it?There is something behind it, someting more powerful than you.That light that pops, coming from nowhere

  23. I saw permittivity of free space in one of the formulae at the start. ๐Ÿ˜…. This isnโ€™t physics.

  24. An interesting analogy of Pythagoras theorem by ax2+by2+c equals zero while bringing out b+/ sq root of b2-4ac,/2a graphically swing between left and right side of X axis as y value equals a quadratic equation.This as X2+y2 = c2 as hypotenuse will traverse a circle of radius c a locus of vector traversing a circle in between X and y axis giving an information on rotating vector.

  25. Mathematics ain't a subject. It's a 'TOOL" meant to "SOLVE" every other SUBJECT !!! ๐Ÿ’Ÿ

  26. โ€œOptimization, More Accurate Prediction, Automation" we like to find some kind of the patterns from the data.
    Next, we like to provide some kind of solution๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
    'how do I compete more than others in the new future?'
    ITT MIT will help enough to challenge without other concerns.

    -Respect from S.Korea senior researcher.

  27. Am I the only one who thinks that is damn fool a math major go to economics?WHY FUCKIN SCIENTIST GO TO ECONOMICS?

  28. Haha …that's all so easy …in India we study all this when we are 17 or 18 years old i.e in class 11 and 12…. freakin easy mayn

  29. Mathematics appears to have no limit on how "hard" can it get, with our current condition, where bad math teacher is present in schools, and bad competition's going on, makes quite a lot of people seem to hate math. It's all comes back to motivation and properly challenced. That's why highly intelligent people seems to get attracted by it, since they got motivated ( because they CAN do it better than others and all their works seems rewarding ) and they can always improve ( no knowledge limit ). It seems those people they're interested because of motivation and it's challenges. And don't wanna feel like a d'ck and instead of saying that they make up reasons for their own sakes. I think.

  30. If you learn mathematics and you want to know how the world works than your are learning physics๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  31. I find learning math the right way , is very beneficial in terms of improving thinking clarity, judgement, precision and so .

  32. many people don't like math because it takes a lot of efforts and courage to understand.

    You have to feel the idea behind the formula.

  33. What about understanding the whole mathematics by just one law, i.e., ENERGY CONSERVATION .
    It is applicable in most of the concept and in remaining i am not able to find the right way to apply otherwise it would be a breakthrough. Think and comment if you find any way.

  34. ็”ทๆ•™ๆŽˆๅƒ็Šนๅคชไบบ๏ผŒๅฅณๆ•™ๆŽˆๅƒไธœๆฌงไบบใ€‚

  35. Math is about language, understand and improve yourself. I can relate some similarities with philosophy and Computer Science too.

    I need and will learn Math for love.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *