There are two fields which, nearly ritualistically, deliver graduates who believe they can do anything. This tends to involve a reckless disregard field boundaries, established norms, and anyone else's feelings. These fields are mathematics and public policy. This is best illustrated by John W. Tukey's famous quote, "The best thing about being a statistician is that you get to play in everyone's backyard." My academic training in math and policy left me doomed to a life of messing around with any interesting idea. A lot of this tends to fall under the heading of systems science, the study of dynamic systems, chaos, operations research, cybernetics and anything else involving complex systems. There's some overlap with computer science here, but I generally keep them differentiated. Publications and Presentations Grants and Support Related Posts Image by Yerpo / Wikimedia Commons.
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