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Programs A college degree for creating the ultimate problem solving mind

  1. Aug 4, 2017 #1

    TheBlackAdder

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    I have frequently read and heard that mastering physics is the ultimate way to mold a problem-solving mind. Therefore, becoming a physics major is supposed to be the best way of doing so. I wonder to what degree that statement holds true.

    Is it true? Is it biased? Am I misinterpreting something? Why would it be less true for a mathematics major, or a computer science major? Could it be that physics majors are better problem solvers in general, in all walks of life, whereas other majors specialize in solving problems specific to their field? Suppose it is true, is it because physicists study counter-intuitive phenomena more frequently? I'm interested in seeing other perspectives on this matter.
     
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    scottdave

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    Engineers are problem solvers. When they design a solution to a problem, they are not just considering the science of the actual device or process. They have to balance cost, performance, environmental, and safety issues.

    I think that Physics is not enough, by itself. I would be interested in reading the article, which you mentioned.
     
  4. Aug 4, 2017 #3

    TheBlackAdder

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    It's not a specific article, but hearsay from a bunch of people like Elon Musk, or Paul Graham from Y Combinator, etc. And they don't state things like "physicists are the ultimate problem solvers," but it always comes down to "if you want to learn how to solve problems better, learn physics."

    I started noticing because I haven't heard anyone say "if you want to learn how to solve problems better, learn computer science." Actually, engineers are high on that 'list' as well.

    PS I do not want to put any particular field on some kind of pedestal, for that is silly and pointless.
     
  5. Aug 4, 2017 #4

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    That makes more sense, now. I think a well solid base in several of subjects is key to good problem solving skills.
     
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