A coffee with... Simon_Levin

Published on October 23rd, 2013 | by Stephanie

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Simon Levin

Position: Professor, Princeton University

How do you introduce yourself at parties?
As an ecologist.

Why mathematics?
I love mathematics, always have. I enjoy the analytical perspective it allows me on all I do, its power to simplify. For relaxation, I do math puzzles….like killersudoku.

Do you think that mathematicians deserve the “geek” tag?
I don’t mind it, but no. I identify with the extroverted group of mathematicians, who stare at your shoes rather than their own.

What area of mathematics and why?
It’s better to choose the math appropriate to the task. The saying is that “if you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” I tend to use differential equations, linear algebra, probability, stochastic processes and game theory. But topology, geometry, analysis , statistics and logic all have relevance.

What has maths done for you lately?
It got me this interview!

Do you have a favourite application or theory of maths?
Ecology and infectious diseases.[subscribe2]

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