An investment firm is hiring mathematicians. After the first round of interviews, three hopeful recent graduates - a pure mathematician, an applied mathematician, and a graduate in mathematical finance - are asked what starting salary they are expecting.
The pure mathematician: 'Would $30,000 be too much?'
The applied mathematician: 'I think $60,000 would be OK.'
The math finance person: 'What about $300,000?'
The personnel officer is flabberghasted: 'Do you know that we have a graduate in pure mathematics who is willing to do the same work for a tenth of what you are demanding!?'
'Well, I thought of $135,000 for me, $135,000 for you - and $30,000 for the pure mathematician who will do the work.'
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