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When a symbol-minded person tries to solve a real-world problem, by hoping that some experimental data would fit into some equation or formula, which could then be used for predictive purposes.
After Prof. Jeff, a pure mathematician, agreed to have a brief modeling stint in the private sector, he realized that applied math is frustratingly and uglily chaotic and messy, compared to the beautiful exotic theorems he used to churn out in the ivory tower of academia.
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by MathPlus June 02, 2018
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