Pure Mathematics Personal Statement
Mathematics is beautiful to me because of the deep and meaningful ideas
touched upon by it, the vastness of these ideas, the clearness and
elegance of their representation. Mathematics gives me the ability to
apply knowledge by approaching things logically, and thinking clearly.
Compared to any other fields of knowledge, mathematics is the only one
where all that we know has been proven to be true.
I believe in empirical knowledge, and that you can never truly
understand something without having experienced it first. This is why I
not only think, but act. I have tried many different activities,
including art (different drawing techniques and sculpture), music (I
play six instruments and have studied music theory), dance (oriental,
salsa, ballet, and modern), various sports (swimming, badminton, horse
riding), and yoga. I enjoy discovering new things, and to ease
communication am currently learning Spanish, in addition to the three
languages that I am already fluent in. I have also done a year of
Latin, and 4 years of German. Travelling extensively has allowed me to
use my linguistic skills. I have a broad cultural base, having lived in
Russia, and Belgium, and going to the European school. The school in
particular has been excellent, not only because of the broad curriculum
but also the multicultural community I was exposed to.
In addition to the mathematics I do at school, I have read around the
subject and am going weekly to lectures at the University of Brussels.
I have also been able to take part in three mathematics competitions:
the UK Intermediate Mathematical Challenge (2002, 2003), and the
International School Mathematics Teachers Foundation competition
I am interested in all the sciences, especially biology, genetics and
astrophysics. I have also some knowledge of artificial intelligence,
for I have taken part in three big AI conferences (AAAI-01, IJCAI-03
and EMSCR-02), and of the international business sector connected with
the space and aviation industry. I am currently the director's
assistant and webmaster at the International Institute of Applied
After dancing, and drawing, my favourite activity is reading. I mainly
read scientific works. However I also enjoy books which explore
cultural and anthropological perspectives, and those on history and
My ambitions are to have an interesting life, acquire knowledge and use
my potential to the fullest.