Operations Research : The And Natural Sciences

889 WordsNov 26, 20154 Pages
Often times when I take courses in math or natural sciences, questions occurred to my mind. Why am I taking these courses in pure sciences, even though they do not seem to have close connections to the real world? Indeed, I really enjoy taking courses in quantum mechanics, group theory, chaos in dynamical systems, etc., because I am enamored with, while painfully, the scientific complications I encounter in these courses. Meanwhile, these courses greatly help me foster my abilities to think, to analyze, to reason. However, from time to time I have a sense of loss, despite the excitement of solving the problems, or the fulfillment in acquiring new knowledge. I did not feel relieved until I learned, almost accidentally, about operations research. Unlike pure sciences, operations research utilizes analytical methods to solve real problems and help make better decisions. The most attracting aspect of operations research is its problem-driven nature despite its emphasis on methodology (e.g. optimization, stochastic models, simulation, etc.). The pursuits of efficiency, better quality, optimal control, etc. exactly fill my sense of loss. As a perfectionist somehow, I spare no efforts doing the best I can in almost everything. Therefore, even though I have not had a chance to take courses in operations research, I clearly know that operations research is going to be my next stage of study, because it fulfills both my academic interests and my personal pursuits. I have decided
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