Benson Farb on Math and MentorshipWhat does daily life look like for a pure mathematician?
Happy Mathematical and Statistical Awareness Month! To celebrate, hosts Sadie and Ian decided to take a peek behind the curtain and see what it is that pure mathematicians do all day. This episode follows a conversation with University of Chicago Math Professor Benson Farb as he explains how he approaches mentoring future mathematicians and what got him into his field in the first place. Spoiler alert: it’s a lot more about luck and timing than you’d expect!
Find our transcript here: LINK
Curious to learn more? Check out these additional links:
UChicago Math Pizza Seminar: https://math.uchicago.edu/~pizzaseminar/
Math Genealogy Tree: https://www.mathgenealogy.org/index.php
Stereotype Threat Research: https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/10.1146/annurev-psych-073115-103235
More on Benson: https://news.uchicago.edu/profile/benson-farb
Follow Benson Farb: https://mathematics.uchicago.edu/people/profile/benson-farb/
This episode was audio engineered by Tyler Damme.
Music by Blue Dot Sessions.
The Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation (IMSI) is funded by NSF grant DMS-1929348.