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101 Careers in Mathematics - Second Edition Paperback – January 3, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Mathematical Assn of Amer; 2 edition (January 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883857286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883857281
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I liked this book: it made me think about the breadth and depth of my profession. -- Kevin Colligan, College Mathematics Journal

I recommend this book highly to teachers at both the high school and the college level who teach mathematics. -- AAAS Science Books and Films

About the Author

Andrew Sterrett is Emeritus Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Denison University, where he taught mathematics for 37 years. Since his retirement,

Sterrett has served the mathematical Association of America as Visiting Mathematician, Interim Director of Member Services, Editor of the MAA's Classroom Resource Materials book series, and, currently, as an Acquisitions Editor for MAA books.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 3, 2003
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This is one of the few books that should be on the library shelves at all levels of education, from the middle school up through the bachelor's degree. A collection of short essays written by people who work in many different areas, it is a demonstration of the enormous number of ways math is used in the modern world. By reading this book, anyone contemplating a career in mathematics or one that uses mathematics can understand the value of taking mathematics courses.
The people interviewed includes math teachers at all levels, actuaries working for the insurance industry, people who work with computers, others who work in industry and some in the public sector. None of the jobs is the same as any of the others, even if their job descriptions are the same. From these essays, it is clear that no two math jobs are the same. The joy and excitement that these people have about their work also comes through very strongly, demonstrating that mathematics knowledge is a path to exciting and interesting work. Given the unsettled nature of employment at this time, it is comforting to anyone contemplating a career path when they hear that mathematics is a skill that is very transferable and one that employers desire.
There are so many myths that permeate the collective psyche of society. One of the most pervasive (and incorrect) is that there is no use for math outside of the classroom. That is wrong, and this book contains 101 existence proofs of the contrary.
Published in the recreational mathematics newsletter, reprinted with permission.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Stenson on August 15, 2009
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I personally enjoyed this book and feel it is a great resource for junior high, high school, college & graduate students to discover the wide array of career possibilities a mathematics degree can give you.

My only complaint is that the careers profiled missed a VERY important career path for those with degrees in Applied Mathematics, Operations Research, and some of the Engineering and physical science disciplines. The missing profession is that of being a military ORA (Operations Research Analyst). All five branches of the Armed Services(Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, and Marine Corp) have active duty officers who work as ORAs. They may have another primary specialty as an operator(Cutterman, Aviation, Marine Safety, TACLET, Boat Forces, Surface Warfare, Port Security, SPECWAR, etc) but rotate in and out of doing good work for the services as ORAs to optimize the way the military does business.

I can bear witness to this as I am an ORA for the U.S. Coast Guard. Although I prefer to think of myself more as an Operator who uses OR/Mathematics to help my service vs an OR that is trying to learn operations. I would love to see a revision to the book that profiles some of the good work our men and women in and out of uniform are doing for the military(the military has civilian personnel as well as Active Duty officers that do OR.) To learn more about military ORAs contact MORS(Military Operations Research Society) or INFORMS Military Applications Society. Additionally each of the services can tell you more about their ORAs and what they do. In the words of our current COMMANDANT,"
All Threats! All Hazards! Semper Paratus!!!"

v/r,

Lee
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Kaplan on December 26, 2010
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We give a copy of this book to many of our prospective students and to the math majors. It's got a number of good career options for mathematicians.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By redrummage on March 4, 2013
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All his life my son has been gifted in math, and for high school graduation I wanted to arm him with career ideas that involved math skills. I don't know how interested he really was in this book, but I still believe it was a good gift, and he may refer to it in the future, too. It's hard to know what career to pursue when you are only 18. Good gift.
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