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Of course I should first introduce myself; I'm currently a lowly MSc student at McMaster university, studying certain families of dessins d'enfants and associated categorical equivalents. I keep falling into the rabbit-hole of machine-learning as the topic de jour, as I have unfortunately become known as the departmental expert there, but truly my passions lay in pure maths, and the interaction between the additive and multiplicative structure of the integers (bold, I realize)

Of course I should first introduce myself; I'm currently a lowly MSc student at McMaster university, studying certain families of dessins d'enfants and associated categorical equivalents. I keep falling into the rabbit-hole of machine-learning as the topic de jour, as I have unfortunately become known as the departmental expert there, but truly my passions lay in pure maths, and the interaction between the additive and multiplicative structure of the integers (bold, I realize)

What I think is most terribly fun about pure maths is that we all seem to be in on this joke we've played on the rest of the world that our work is useful and not just a protracted exercise in `assume this... then what?' Of course it doesn't hurt that often-times people find ways to make the nonsense useful to them beyond its abstraction, but, it's just about the doing truly. Not the why or to what end. At least, that's how I see it. Useful work bores; I just want to know why numbers do that.

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