## Mathematics

I have always loved math, as long as I can remember. In kindergarten, I worked out how to add two numbers with 9s digits of any two lengths automatically, I was quite proud of that! (you always have a 1, followed by as many zeros as the difference in number of digits, followed by one less nines than digits in the smaller number, then an 8: 9999999+9999 = 10009998). I spent elementary school with algebra and geometry, working out all kinds of ways to calculate the areas under curves, and drawing shapes with equations. One of my middle school math teachers liked to make up this one sort of puzzle to give to students, I can't quite remember how they went, but I worked out a general solution. And sold it to my class mates- they hated the puzzles.

The story pretty much continues like that up to the present- studied in undergrad and still pick up interesting looking books to read through and learn more. It's such a gratifying pursuit, a friend of mine once mentioned that he missed math homework, though he never much liked the classes, because the simple satisfaction going down through the list and solving the problems- knowing that that was all there was to it, is unlike any other field. I understand completely- I believe I am addicted to it.

The story pretty much continues like that up to the present- studied in undergrad and still pick up interesting looking books to read through and learn more. It's such a gratifying pursuit, a friend of mine once mentioned that he missed math homework, though he never much liked the classes, because the simple satisfaction going down through the list and solving the problems- knowing that that was all there was to it, is unlike any other field. I understand completely- I believe I am addicted to it.