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Letters to a Young Mathematician

author: Ian Stewart (2006)
date read: 7 August 2022
rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This is a series of advice to a young mathematician at various points in their mathematical career: learning at school, their undergraduate degree, preparing for their PhD, postdoc, and eventually a career in academia. It’s framed as a series of letters to “Meg”.

I got this book a long time ago and I don’t think I’ve read it before; it’s good. The advice resonates with my experience, and is clear and well-explained. (Would I have listened if I’d read it when I was younger? I’m not sure.)

It’s also peppered with fun stories and examples that I can appreciate even if I’m not in maths any more.

I enjoyed it as a glimpse of what my life could have been, and it makes me a bit more certain I made the right choice by stepping away.

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