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comment Is Florentin Smarandache a real mathematician?
Unfortunately, I don't know of a really good place for this sort of discussion. He is active enough on the internet that I bet a lot of people are curious, but of course it's a delicate and contentious topic.
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comment Is Florentin Smarandache a real mathematician?
(I've voted to close because this is off-topic here. I'm not convinced it would be on topic at any stackexchange site, but mathematics might be the closest. A short answer is that he is a real person but far outside the mainstream mathematics research community.)
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comment Is Florentin Smarandache a real mathematician?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's not about academia.
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comment What are the possible pitfalls of a university employee and a student being roommates? Is it best to avoid this situation?
Yeah, I guess it depends on the situation. I think it would look strange if a faculty member got together with a group of students to share a rented house/apartment, but renting out a back-house or garage apartment to a student would feel different. The latter is more of a landlord-tenant relationship, whereas the former sounds more like it involves shared amenities and socializing together. (Which is not intrinsically a bad thing, but would lead to gossip and disapproval in the faculty social circles I'm familiar with.)
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answered What are the possible pitfalls of a university employee and a student being roommates? Is it best to avoid this situation?
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comment How many first author publications per year are considered as a good number?
This depends enormously on your field (and even subfield within it), career ambitions, and working style, as well as the quality of the papers you write. It's not possible to offer numerical guidance that is useful for a broad audience, but perhaps someone will provide a more general account of how these issues work.
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awarded Nice Answer
Jun
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answered Expulsion from doctoral program
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comment How to deal with people judging your 'overproductiveness'?
My impression is that Erdős largely got a pass because he was brilliant and eccentric. His reputation is a little tricky to assess historically, since his style of discrete mathematics based on elementary techniques has become increasingly popular. Nowadays everyone acknowledges that he was an important mathematician, but decades ago there was some grumbling that his personal story led to his getting more attention than his mathematical contributions deserved. I think it was mainly prejudice based on his field, but publishing so many papers probably didn't help.
Jun
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awarded Good Answer
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answered How to deal with people judging your 'overproductiveness'?
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comment Is it ethical that the PhD student is not offered a chance to become the communicating/ corresponding author?
possible duplicate of Should student or supervisor be corresponding author for publications based on student research?
Jun
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comment Why would a grad school not want me to defer admission?
I see 100% online programs as already being unusual in comparison with other graduate programs. The heavy use of admissions counselors is certainly far from unique - for example, 2U is involved in eighteen other programs, which presumably operate similarly. I don't have statistics on how common this is for online masters programs overall.
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answered Why would a grad school not want me to defer admission?
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awarded Populist
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comment How can I earn a professor's attention if I am not his/her student yet?
That sounds reasonable to me, assuming you are genuinely interested in attending the class and wouldn't just quit if the professor later declined to supervise a research project. I don't know how likely it is to lead to a research project, but it is worth doing in its own right (the class could be valuable either way) and taking the class will give the professor more insight into your background and talents (which could increase the chances of supervising a research project).
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comment How can I earn a professor's attention if I am not his/her student yet?
I'd also recommend against opening with the beauty of mathematics. One reason is that it's trite. This is the one thing every pure mathematician believes, and you wouldn't be seeking this opportunity if you didn't agree, so saying it explicitly adds nothing. It can actually give the wrong impression: some people like talking about the beauty of mathematics more than they like actually doing mathematics, and others feel a need to say something but can't think of anything substantive to say. You don't want the reader's first reaction to be wondering whether you fall into one of these categories.
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answered Is a Bachelor degree in math valid from University of the People?
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awarded advisor
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answered How can I earn a professor's attention if I am not his/her student yet?
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