## Is there really a math 55 at Harvard?

Math 55 is a two-semester long first-year undergraduate mathematics course at Harvard University, founded by Lynn Loomis and Shlomo Sternberg. The official titles of the course are Honors Abstract Algebra (Math 55a) and Honors Real and Complex Analysis (Math 55b).

**What happens if you pass Harvard Math 55?**

Nearly half of Math 55 graduates go on to become professors. In Williams’ book, he describes Richard Stallman’s Math 55 ending the semester with 20 students, eight of whom would go on to become future mathematics professors. One eventually went on to teach physics.

**Why does the NSA hire so many mathematicians?**

The mission of the NSA is foreign signals intelligence, so it collects foreign radio and telecommunications signals and breaks the codes on the most secret of them. Hence, it needs cryptanalysts and signal analysts. Most telecommunications and computer experts have to be paid well above typical government pay rates.

### Does NSA hire math majors?

While the exact number of mathematicians the NSA employs is classified, the agency acknowledges that they’re the nation’s leading employer of mathematicians. Provided you’ve made it this far, the Mathematics Hiring Authority will interview you at the NSA.

**What is the hardest class at Harvard?**

The Hardest Courses at Harvard

- Physics 16: Mechanics and Special Relativity.
- Economics 1011a: Microeconomic Theory.
- Chemistry 30: Organic Chemistry.
- Social Studies 10.
- ES181: Engineering Thermodynamics.
- Math 55a: Honors Abstract Algebra.

**What is the hardest math problem in the world?**

These Are the 10 Toughest Math Problems Ever Solved

- The Collatz Conjecture. Dave Linkletter.
- Goldbach’s Conjecture Creative Commons.
- The Twin Prime Conjecture.
- The Riemann Hypothesis.
- The Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer Conjecture.
- The Kissing Number Problem.
- The Unknotting Problem.
- The Large Cardinal Project.

#### How many NSA mathematicians work?

Mathematicians and the NSA are certainly interdependent. The agency declares that it is the United States’ largest maths employer, and Samuel Rankin, director of the Washington DC office of the American Mathematical Society, estimates that the agency hires 30–40 mathematicians every year.

**How much do NSA mathematicians make?**

Average National Security Agency Mathematician yearly pay in the United States is approximately $81,578, which is 16% below the national average.

**Is there anything harder than Math 55?**

There are many difficult mathematics courses out there, but from what I can tell, the only course offered in the U.S. similar in nature to Math 55 is Math 20700 (Honors Analysis in ) at University of Chicago, though sophomores can also take that course, unlike Math 55.

## What is the most failed high school class?

Algebra

Algebra is the single most failed course in high school, the most failed course in community college, and, along with English language for nonnative speakers, the single biggest academic reason that community colleges have a high dropout rate.

**Who solved an unsolvable math problem?**

In statistics, Dantzig solved two open problems in statistical theory, which he had mistaken for homework after arriving late to a lecture by Jerzy Neyman….

George Dantzig | |
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Died | May 13, 2005 (aged 90) Stanford, California, US |

Citizenship | American |

**How hard is Math 55 at Harvard?**

Math 55 is like a full-time job—plus overtime. According to a freshman guide to Harvard’s Mathematics Department, there are two first-year math courses, the hardest one being Math 55. You could take Math 21, which is taught by graduate students and where homework usually takes a reasonable three to six hours per week.

### How many women take Math 55a?

According to a report in the Harvard Crimson, just 17 women took the course between 1990 and 2006. In 2015, no women completed Math 55a. Professors try to get students to drop the class. Professor Yum-Tong Siu, whose class began with 50 students in 2003, said he actively tried to whittle down the class size.

**Does the NSA try to employ all the greatest mathematicians?**

Math 55 only consists of basic mathematics, after all. (Basic for actual mathematicians, at least.) And, the NSA most certainly does not try to employ all the worlds’ greatest mathematical minds because, for example, they know many are simply not interested.

**Is there a course similar to Math 55 in the US?**

There are many difficult mathematics courses out there, but from what I can tell, the only course offered in the U.S. similar in nature to Math 55 is Math 20700 (Honors Analysis in R n) at University of Chicago, though sophomores can also take that course, unlike Math 55.

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