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**University of Melbourne/University of Western Australia**

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 Prof. Arun Ram, Principal Supervisor, Unimelb Myself**

MPhil student from USyd (-> PhD) 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**

-circle becomes the graph of x^2 + y^2 = 1 René Descartes:

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Arrival at Melbourne: 1st 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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**-Calculus (along with Leibniz)**

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

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