We have a special interview for the last week of October – an exciting month for all those lovers of spooky activities and Halloween. Also, welcome to the fifth post for the Inspirational Corner. I am very happy to see how many lovely people have taken some time to answer our questions and share their passion for mathematics. Hope you enjoyed our fourth interview with Kashmira. Today we have a special guest – Elias Wirth, the creator of Math Section, a new blog full of interesting and creative content. We hope you will be inspired by his journey and all his enthusiasm for mathematics.
What is your name? Where are you from? Give us a little background story.
Hello everyone! My name is Elias Wirth and I am a Swiss mathematician currently working towards my Master’s Degree in Mathematics at the ETH Zurich.
Out of all the subjects, why Math?
One of the most satisfying things in life is to understand something on a very deep level after you struggled with it for quite some time. This happens a lot in mathematics. For example, you start attending a new lecture and you do not understand a thing. So you start investing time into the theory, practice, and solve exercises until you finally just understand. Not only do you understand, but what seemed strange and hard, now appears beautiful and structured.
This is the beauty of mathematics. No other subject comes close to those moments of pure enlightenment.
What is your opinion about all the stigma against mathematics? Where do you think it starts and how does it affect today’s generation decision regarding a career in math?
If you are not willing to invest time into mathematics, it is a very hard subject. Thus, everyone gets told how hard mathematics is. I think it scares a lot of potentially bright individuals away from a career in STEM and mathematics in particular.
Towards what part of mathematics do you feel more attracted to and why?
My favourite parts of mathematics are definitely analysis in all its forms and applications of mathematics in everyday life. In order to share the joy of the latter with the world, I even created the Math Section (www.mathsection.com), my personal website where I discuss all kinds of mathematics in everyday life.
How would you counteract the negative stigma math has in our younger generation?
As a matter of fact, I hope that I am already working against the negative stigma mathematics has in the younger generation. With the help of the aforementioned website, I try to show people that mathematics does in fact play an important role in everybody’s life. From love to war, mathematics is everywhere and when explained in an interesting and impactful manner, almost everyone can relate to the subject.
What is your final destination career-wise?
If I am completely honest, I would like to continue on the academic path and hopefully have the ability to do a PhD in Mathematics. On the other hand, if a great opportunity presents itself for me to get started in the private sector, I would definitely consider it. There are so many wonderful possibilities for mathematicians that I can not possibly know what I finally end up doing.
If you have any social media links feel free to let us know:
There are actually quite a few. You can follow my mathematics blog, called the Math Section (www.mathsection.com), in several ways. From “best” to “worst”:
1. Email Newsletter: https://mathsection.com/subscribe/
2. Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/mathsectionofficial/
3. Twitter Feed: https://twitter.com/section_math
4. Quora: https: //www.quora.com/profile/Elias-Wirth
Before you go, take a look at some of the blog posts you can find on Elias’ blog:
In this article, we delve into the mathematics of Halloween, spirits, and all other undead. Today, we prove that vampires cannot exist due to the properties of exponentially growing functions.
The beauty of taking a walk without any distractions is that not only your feet but also your thoughts start to wander off. It is possible to completely lose yourself in the depths of your own mind. It is, in fact, a pretty great way to come up with solutions for unsolved problems. That may be one of the reasons why mathematicians are famous for taking long walks to contemplate ideas. This is the story of such a walk and the mathematician that went for it. I am of course talking about Leonhard Euler walking around Königsberg and noticing something interesting.
Today, we describe how a natural phenomenon, the coastline paradox, played an important role in creating the field of fractal geometry. Let us begin our journey with a short explanation of the coastline paradox.
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Lots of love and don’t forget that maths is everywhere! Enjoy!