# Shamit Kachru is working in finance.

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bfqo

Seems like all string theorists are destined to this fate.A mere code monkey to make money for gamblers.

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dqxx

Who cares? This isn’t physicsjobrumors.

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rxra

Why on earth would a tenured HRM prof want to waste their time working in finance

Path etic

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mxoy

unclear that finance is a bigger waste of time than string theory

Why on earth would a tenured HRM prof want to waste their time working in finance

Path etic

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rxra

unclear that finance is a bigger waste of time than string theory

Why on earth would a tenured HRM prof want to waste their time working in finance

Path etic

He could work on whatever he wants as a professor

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mxoy

and that’s what he’s doing

unclear that finance is a bigger waste of time than string theory

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He could work on whatever he wants as a professor

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rsmy

and that’s what he’s doing

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He could work on whatever he wants as a professor

If finance is what one chooses to work on in a situation where they have 100% job security, no financial worries, and can do whatever they want, they are lame.

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wurt

Have you tried to buy a house in Palo Alto?

and that’s what he’s doing

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If finance is what one chooses to work on in a situation where they have 100% job security, no financial worries, and can do whatever they want, they are lame.

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rsmy

Have you tried to buy a house in Palo Alto?

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If finance is what one chooses to work on in a situation where they have 100% job security, no financial worries, and can do whatever they want, they are lame.

SK has been at Stanford for over two decades. He's not someone who just arrived and is dealing with today's housing market.

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skia

Why? Seems like some pre-programmed “finance sucks” opinion all mathematicians are expected to have

and that’s what he’s doing

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If finance is what one chooses to work on in a situation where they have 100% job security, no financial worries, and can do whatever they want, they are lame.

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gfhc

Being a parasite upon society does indeed… suck.

Why? Seems like some pre-programmed “finance sucks” opinion all mathematicians are expected to have

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If finance is what one chooses to work on in a situation where they have 100% job security, no financial worries, and can do whatever they want, they are lame.

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skia

lol if anything pure mathematicians are the parasites. being paid to develop theories which for the most part will have literally no benefit to a single other person ever

Being a parasite upon society does indeed… suck.

Why? Seems like some pre-programmed “finance sucks” opinion all mathematicians are expected to have

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qqhm

Funny, you retort almost sounds like remorse for your destructive role in society.

lol if anything pure mathematicians are the parasites. being paid to develop theories which for the most part will have literally no benefit to a single other person ever

Being a parasite upon society does indeed… suck.

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guat

Who cares? This isn’t physicsjobrumors.

Kachru is fairly mathematical in his work.He could probably get a job as a mathematician doing mirror symmetry etc.

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skia

I’m not in finance, and yes, I do feel remorse for my destructive role in society as a pure mathematician.

Funny, you retort almost sounds like remorse for your destructive role in society.

lol if anything pure mathematicians are the parasites. being paid to develop theories which for the most part will have literally no benefit to a single other person ever

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qjyc

Maybe a big opportunity appeared, but these things can also happen for personal reasons (divorce, mid life crisis, disillusionment with department, etc).

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qigy

Being a parasite upon society does indeed… suck.

Why? Seems like some pre-programmed “finance sucks” opinion all mathematicians are expected to have

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Just so it's clear, you have 0 investments?

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feas

lol if anything pure mathematicians are the parasites. being paid to develop theories which for the most part will have literally no benefit to a single other person ever

Being a parasite upon society does indeed… suck.

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Strongly disagree, mathematicians support string theorists to stay relevant as the only game in town.

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kptu

Kachru got absolutely annihilated on Woit's blog:

Probabilist_omni says:

This really got a laugh out of me for some reason:

*”Starting fall of 2021, I will be taking an extended sabbatical/leave. Much of my effort during this period will be spent developing my skills in rapidly developing areas like machine learning, with a view towards the science emerging from analysis of large datasets” . Nothing wrong with that of course and you never stop learning new stuff that you might find interesting etc etc, but still hilarious for “some” reason. I think every student that might still consider at this point going into string theory should be directed to that page; just food for thought.

*Section of Kachru’s profile in the Research and Scholarship section

Peter Woit says:

Probabilist_omni,

Somehow his fall 2021 goal of working on “the science emerging from analysis of large datasets” turned into a 2022-23 job “as a consultant in quantitative research for a company which is active in a number of global financial markets.”

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