It may not really add up. But being an absent-minded professor — especially of mathematics — surprisingly tops the charts as the best job in the US. What is the theory? Since no one can tell their Pythagoras Theorem from their elbow, let’s hope that we are not getting our sums wrong here. Now, let’s come to the figures. Why would a maths wiz be attractive in these trying times? The answer is as simple as an equation. When we thought that we knew it all on the stocks, did we think of talking to someone who knew how it might all pan out? No. And look at the statistical mess we are in. And there are other attractions to being a mathematician. You don’t have to exert yourself, except mentally. You can anticipate a bad run on the stocks. And if worst comes to worst, you might suffer nothing more than the carpal tunnel syndrome!
In these times of receding fortunes, we need someone to tell us where we are heading. And who better than a mathematician? We certainly cannot look to many of our elected representatives whose idea of maths is what adds up to a nifty horse trade here and there. Our coalition politics is a wonderful opportunity for any budding number cruncher. It defies even the most devoted disciple of Aryabhatta. What you lose on the roundabouts is very clearly not what you gain on the swings given the predilections of our political class.
But why apportion all the blame to them? Don’t figures, especially at the bottom of the paycheck, mean a lot to most of us? And when companies are going down the exchange, maybe we need to take another look at those who can figure it all out.