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How to become a mathematician?

I live in Ukraine (Eastern Europe) and I want to became a mathematician so I have some problems. I don't know what I have to do. I'm in 11 grade( It's mean I will study in uni in 2014). I don't know, many people say we don't have a good education in uni. I understand I have to study math by myself.

I don't know about math society. All we need to talk with people about hobbies, but I never meet people who like math.
I guess Ukraine bachelor+master+phd(some university in Ukraine don't use USSR system since 2006) in it's not enough to be a really good mathematician

What should I do?

"According to Frances Cairncross (in April 2010) "Ukrainian education is too inward-looking, too corrupt and too poor to do a good job".[14] According to Anders Åslund (in October 2012) the best parts of the Ukrainian education system are basic education in mathematics and science; but the quality of doctoral education is bad, particularly in management training, economics, law and languages.[15] He also signaled that the greatest problem in the Ukrainian education system is corruption"
You may read about this http://www.kyivpost.com/opinion/op-ed/why-ukraine-keeps-falling-behind-educationally-economically-313833.html

P.S. I'm sorry. I guess many people ask this question this, but I really don't know.


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  • Jan 4 2014: Let me discuss the mathematical sciences in 2 stages. The first stage involves the basic topics like (basic) algebra, trigonometry, analytical geometry, then the college level courses like calculus, differencial equations and probably some theory probability and statistics. These are the necessary concept to be the bases for any second stage study in many specialized field of experts or professionals in mathematics. So there are field in econometrics, statistics, actuary, various engineering design and quality control, physics and mathematicians in business marketing, investment management and biomedical sciences including genetics and epidemiology. (the study of the cause and transmission of diseases). I mentioned this is because the choice of which field will interest you has to be made before you get your bachelor's degree or even earlier.
    The first stage is easier to prepare and, for some people, could learn most of these topics by themselves without going through formal school work. You could go through these by taking instructions from internet courses. Even though it is hard to believe, I myself self studied all the courses from Trig. to Differential Equations without the help of internet (because there was no internet whatsoever 60 years ago). If one is good in mathematical reasoning, one could understand the formulas and keep and derive them from 3 or 4 basic theorems without memorization. Similarly, one could derive the derivatives of many expressions from the basic idea of the derivative. There was a talk about this in last year's TED Talk about the differential calculus.
    However, most of the second stage must involve couple of experts in any sub-field, as well as some hands-on experience is necessary. For business management sciences, the U. S. universities are perhaps the best, For engineering, Germany will be more appropriate. And if you are more or less interested in pure mathematical theory, the the Russian institutions are eminently qualified.

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