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Jedi Training: What it's like to be a postgraduate mathematics research student Jon Xu University of Melbourne/University of Western Australia

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The Cast Myself -MPhil student from USyd (-> PhD) Prof. Arun Ram, Principal Supervisor, Unimelb A/Prof. John Bamberg, Co-Supervisor, UWA

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The Hunt

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Some generalized polygons The Doily The Fano Plane

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Meeting Arun Ram

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Admission and Funding

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'Algebraising' Geometry René Descartes:

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Arrival at Melbourne: 1 st September 2012

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Getting to know the mathematics community Visitor: Kevin Purbhoo From the University of Waterloo, Canada

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Learning to write mathematics

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Getting Feedback

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Denmark – March 2013

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Slowly learning finite geometry

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PRIMA 2013

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First Approximations

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Einstein on the Beach and Repetition

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Mindfulness Meditation and removing the ego

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What does my work involve? Using symbols to study symmetry. Why do I want to become mathematician? It's the only thing I can do well that will keep me from getting bored. But then, why should I get paid? Curiosity based research has a tendency to progress humanity (amongst other things)

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Isaac Newton Discovers: -Calculus (along with Leibniz) -Law of gravitation -Optics Motivated by: Curiosity.

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More specific to mathematics: Finding the 'right' way to do things ~300 years later

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Euclid's 'Elements' ~300B.C. ~2000 years later

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The 'right' proof might look something like... Disgust

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