SIAM News – Ex Numeris: Confessions of a Common Mathematician (with apologies to Anne Fadiman)

By Kevin Gillette

I am a common mathematician, thoroughly mathematical by training, temperament, and trade. I’ve trod weary footpaths through numerous industrial sectors, plying my skills in areas as diverse as banking, transportation, telecommunications, retail, and even venture capital. My appetite for mathematical application is quite ecumenical; although I focus on optimization and discrete mathematics, I embrace any opportunity to contribute to the world amenity through judicious employment of mathematical principles and practices. Yes, I am a common mathematician.

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