### On studying mathematics

*(I used Google Translate to translate my own article from Vietnamese. It works surprisingly well. Another reason to learn math!)*

A wall in my office is used as a board. On it are always chattering math symbols. The problems written there are not complicated, freshman students can understand, but sometimes the solution affects the safety of hundreds of millions of Internet users. In this room, no one asked why studying math, because everyone understood that one cannot do much without math.

I like to study math from a young age, but I'm not good at math. I was deemed “gifted in mathematics” in secondary school, but in grade 9, I failed the entrance test to a specialized math class in high school.

In the 10th grade, I still tried to study math by myself, borrowing notebooks from friends and other people who attend the aforementioned class. There’s a famous math magazine in my country called Mathematics and Youth of which I was a regular reader. In each issue the magazine published a bun…