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Re: I want to contribute and chose right project for graduate thesis


From: Marcin Borkowski
Subject: Re: I want to contribute and chose right project for graduate thesis
Date: Thu, 03 Aug 2017 19:39:43 +0200
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On 2017-07-29, at 04:30, Emanuel Berg <address@hidden> wrote:

> Drew Adams wrote:
>
>>> Well, in maths, theory is basically all
>>> you've got;-).
>>
>> In theory, maybe, but not in practice. ;-)
>
> One would certainly hope so!
>
> I only did the introductory courses in math,
> probably at a ridiculously low lever for some
> people in this thread. And true enough, they
> were 0% practice, just an exam at the end of
> each course. But I always assumed this would
> change the higher people got. Perhaps I was
> wrong?

Dunno.  I did a PhD in maths about 7 years ago.  Haven't seen much
_practice_ during the courses, but of course later, during research, you
have to actually try out/prove/make conjectures etc.  Probably what
you'd call "practice".

> Computer courses were never like that, they had
> both parts, with the practical parts often being
> implementing or doing something with a concept,
> data structure or whatever from the theory
> part.
>
> Sometimes the practical parts were neatly
> packeted but many times you'd spend hours and
> days just getting the damn thing to work before
> you could start "actual" work.
>
> Looking back y'all, it is amazing young people
> could cope with this constant stress and
> frustration. Straight French Foreign Legion!

;-)

-- 
Marcin Borkowski



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