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24 Lies Everyone Who Studied Mathematics Has Told At Least Once

1+1=another lie, probably.

1. I have amazing, all-round problem solving skills.

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2. Yes, I love playing chess. Obviously.

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3. Terence Tao is my idol.

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4. I don’t mind that my friends always make me work out the bill.

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5. I loved having all exams and no coursework.

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6. I know how to program. I can program anything.

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7. I have never confused my scientific calculator for my phone.

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8. Of course I’ve used calculus, differential geometry and linear algebra since graduating.

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9. I find the stock market fascinating. 

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10. My research in the field of number theory has made a real difference in the world.

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11. I have logical and analytical skills and can instantly see patterns in large data sets. No problem.

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12. I had lots of time for extracurricular activities outside of my studies.

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13. Sure, I can easily solve a Rubik’s Cube. It’s just basic group theory.

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14. I understood all the proofs we were taught. I didn’t have to rote learn any of them.

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15. Wolfram Alpha was not my homepage for 3 years.

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16. Operational research was so much more than just different types of queues.

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17. I like how Maths opens the door to so many careers like IT, finance and engineering. I love that it doesn’t actually qualify you to do any of them.

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18. The quality of lecturers’ handwriting didn’t affect my module choices. Having to tell the difference between a subscript variable and a smudge definitely wasn’t important to me.

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19. Of course I didn’t bring a piece of string into my Knots exam.

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20. I studied combinatorics because it was interesting. Not because it was easier than fluid dynamics.

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21. I never looked down on other people’s degrees. Ever.

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22. After three years of studying Mathematics, I don’t read the factorial sign like it’s an exclamation mark because it amuses me.

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23. I developed a genuine passion for Applied Maths during third year. It had nothing to do with the careers advisor telling me that’s where the money is.

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24. I love everything about Maths.

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