Donald (H. S. M.) Coxeter

Pure and Applied Mathematics

Greatest classical geometer of the 20th century

"I’m a Platonist — a follower of Plato — who believes that one didn’t invent these sorts of things, that one discovers them. In a sense, all these mathematical facts are right there waiting to be discovered."

So You Want to Be a Geometer

Coxeter loved his work and once said of his career, “I am extremely fortunate for being paid for what I would have done anyway.” His advice to young people thinking about a career in mathematics: “If you are keen on mathematics, you have to love it, dream about it all the time.”

Careers that involve mathematics with a specialty in geometry include architecture, cryptography (secret codes), crystallography, networks, map making, ballistics, astronomy, engineering, physics, computer visualization and computer gaming — any work that involves the visualization or manipulation of things or ideas in multiple dimensions.

Career ideas:

  • Mathematicians
  • Statisticians
  • Systems analysts
  • Computer programmers
  • Accountants
  • Actuarians
  • Financial auditors
  • Insurance analysts
  • Teachers
  • Investment analysts
  • Financial planners

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