||David S. Ross
earned his B.A. in Mathematics at Columbia and his M.S.
and Ph.D. at the Courant Institute of Mathematical
Sciences. He is currently a Senior Research Scientist for
Eastman Kodak Research Labs in their Applied Mathematics
and Statistics Group. He has had numerous articles
published in technical journals, and has recently given
talks on "The Cognitive Basis of Arithmetic"
and "Rationality, Measurement and Continua" at
the Institute for Objectivist Studies Summer Seminars.
"I was born and raised in
Queens, New York, and I had a simple and very
pleasant childhood. I went to New York City public
schools and to college at Columbia. I went to
graduate school at New York University. I was never
especially a mathematics fan when I was a kid. I
liked all the subjects. I was good at math but I
didn't especially excel in it over other subjects.
When I got to college I still loved everything, but I
had to choose a major so I chose math on the basis
that it would best prepare me to study anything else
that I wanted. I thought it would sharpen my thinking
more than any other subject would. Then, as I took
the advanced courses that the major required, I just
loved the beauty and the deep, complex structure, and
the usefulness of the subject, so I stuck with
- From Full Context's
interview with David Ross.
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