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Why do so many great mathematicians just quit and do something stupid instead?

Grothendieke quit to write stupid political and environmental shit. Perelman quit to pick mushrooms. Galois quit to pick up chicks and get involved in politics... etc.

What inadequacies do geniuses see in math that makes them realize how trivial it is? Is it just tautologies?

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>>6700959

It's not because they realized math is trivial, it's because they got old.

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>>6700972

>old

Galois was like 20 or someshit...

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>>6700959

>Galois quit to pick up chicks and get involved in politics

Galois didn't quit. He was challenged to a duel. It's speculated that the challenge was over a woman or that it was political but no one really knows for sure. What is known is that the night before his duel he stayed up and wrote down all of his mathematical research and ideas and entrusted it to his friend so that it wouldn't be lost forever in case he died (which he did).

Grothendieck thinks the world isn't ready and burned a bunch of his mathematical manuscripts. He also reached out to stop others from republishing his work.

Perelman left because a bunch of dudes tried to steal credit for his proof. So he thinks the mathematical community is a bunch of douchebags.

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>>6700974

Galois died at 20, and he was still doing math at the end of his life.

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>>6700982

>Galois didn't quit

Galois was involved in the revolution/politics, he basically stopped taking math seriously to do political shit. The duel came later.

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>>6700992

No, he was doing both. He applied to the university a bunch of times but kept not being allowed in or kept being kicked out because of his politics. Also he sent his research to some well known mathematicians at the university but one lost it, one didn't read it, and another didn't understand it.

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Kascinsky decided to live primitively, don't forget him.

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>>6700999

he was getting shit on by the college because his writings made no sense, were totally unorganized and incoherent.

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Because being a pure mathematician is so much work with no reward.

I'm not just talking about the low pay, but I mean that it's the same reward as playing minesweeper or doing a sudoku puzzle. And out of the small subset of people who understand your work, only a few people care about it. It's not like physics where you get that fuzzy feeling after figuring out something new about the universe. It's not like engineering where you have the pleasure of creating something that everyone uses. So most pure mathematicians get sick of it and go into applied maths or do something else instead.

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>>6701008

what are pure mathematicians figuring out though?

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>>6701005

There was only one person who read them, and honestly back in those days if someone suddenly came up to you and started talking about structures of permutations as a new way of looking at algebra you would probably think they were full of shit. Even now it would probably be taken with speculation since abstract algebra isn't done in that way anymore (the founders of abstract algebra probably wouldn't recognize the algebra we do now if we went back and showed it to them).

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>>6701009

stuff

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>>6701016

metaphysics

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>>6701080

metaphysics forms the basis of science and logic, without it we would be lost

can u touch logic? is it empirical

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>>6700959

i wish i could draw cool shit like that

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>>6700959

Mathematicians love a challenge, I think some geniuses just don't see the challenge in mathematics anymore.

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>>6700959

maybe its a matter of idealism. i wouldnt be surprised if they dropped math to pursue something they consider a higher calling. only two reasons im doing math are its fun and its safe, emotionally/ethically.

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>>6701132

Metaphysics belongs nowhere.

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