Michigan was not his first choice for postgraduate education; he had also applied to the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Chicago, both of which accepted him but offered him no teaching position or financial aid. "It is not enough to say he was smart," said George Piranian, another of his Michigan math professors.
Michigan offered him an annual grant of ,310 (equivalent to ,700 in 2017) and a teaching post. In late 1967, the 25-year-old Kaczynski became the youngest assistant professor of mathematics in the history of University of California, Berkeley, where he taught undergraduate courses in geometry and calculus. Moore said, given Kaczynski's "impressive" dissertation and publications, he "could have advanced up the ranks and been a senior member of the faculty today." A 1996 Los Angeles Times article stated: "The field that Kaczynski worked in doesn't really exist today [according to mathematicians interviewed about his work].
Raised in Evergreen Park, Illinois, Kaczynski was a child prodigy and entered Harvard College at the age of 16.
The essays were turned over to an anonymous attorney, who in a later session would confront and belittle the subject – making "vehement, sweeping, and personally abusive" attacks – using the content of the essays as ammunition, while electrodes monitored the subject's physiological reactions.At the University of Michigan, Kaczynski specialized in complex analysis, specifically geometric function theory. Most of its theories were proven in the 1960s, when Kaczynski worked in it." According to mathematician Donald Rung, "[Kaczynski] probably would have gone on to some other area if he were to stay in mathematics." After resigning from Berkeley, Kaczynski moved to his parents' home in Lombard, Illinois, then two years later to a remote cabin he had built outside Lincoln, Montana, where he could live a simple life with very little money and without electricity or running water, His original goal was to become self-sufficient so that he could live autonomously.He taught himself survival skills such as tracking game, edible plant identification, organic farming, bow drilling and other primitive technologies.These encounters were filmed, and subjects' expressions of rage were later played back to them repeatedly.have also suggested that this experience may have motivated Kaczynski's criminal activities, while philosopher Jonathan D.