Want to know who I am ? No problem.
My name’s Johann. Nice to meet you.
I studied mathematics at Claude Bernard university in Lyon, France, and now they won’t leave me alone. But I don’t work in the field, I’m an entrepreneur in the Web business.Why ? Where to begin…
- First of all, I would have made a crappy teacher. The rigidity of school programs and textbooks that’s not my thing. I always liked to learn only what I wanted, in my own way, and I hate learning by heart. Since I don’t like to make others do what I don’t like to do myself, I wouldn’t be a good soldier. Figuratively and literally. Maybe that’s best for the poor students who would have been in my care ! There are great people way better at this than I am, I’m sure. I know a few of them.
Teaching may be one of the most beautiful jobs on earth, but the school system in France… Meh.
I wouldn’t have been competent enough to pass the civil service competitive examinations required to teach here anyway (particularly the oral part where you have to think on your feet while plundered with tough questions by a highly more competent jury than is confortable – that’s the point, but I suck at this).
I still give occasionnal one-to-one courses, mainly to work with kids who need to see that “being wrong is not the absolute evil”, that math are useful and not that hard when it becomes interesting.
- Reasearch could have been my thing, but I’m a member of the clan “I understand quickly, but only when explained at length”, and I’m the stubborn type. So I can’t measure to the competition. Because yes, to do research in math you have to either be a genius completely cut off from reality, or have exemplary school records which is more akin to regurgitating textbooks by heart than really thinking and be creative… And I’m neither autistic nor a robot.
So I prefer to have a job that I like with the freedom I couldn’t live without (when you’re your own boss, he can’t refuse a justified augmentation ^^).
And I occasionaly blog. That’s the perfect way to appreciate sciences without the hassle, and one really understands a concept only when he can explain it clearly, so it’s also a way to learn.
A few words on my strong and weak points (don’t take it too seriously) :