Hey guys. My name is Joe. I love love love mathematics. I finished calc 1, 2, 3 and diff. eq before I graduated high school. Calc 2 was done as an independent study in the summer semester after my junior year. I attended a community college just last year after graduation. I finished my 2 year degree in 1 year due to my coursework in high school. I am attending the University of Illinois- Urbana in the fall of this year. I originally wanted to go into mathematics, mainly pure math such as algebraic topology. I have just recently after taking the 3 "university" calculus based physics courses, decided to double major in Pure Mathematics and Physics. My career goal is to go to grad school (hopefully at either University of Chicago or Northwestern) for math and possibly even physics. I want to teach at the university level and conduct research in pure mathematics and General Relativity/Theoretical Physics/Quantum Field Theory. When I have free time, I like to read about/do mathematics and physics. I especially enjoy "coming up with my own stuff" in calculus and just little mathematical things in general. My question is, is it usual for someone in pure math to study an applied science at the same time? How frequent do people earn Ph.D.'s in both pure math and physics? If I study one, I want to go all the way. Also... Any advice for a math-phys double major? Thank you. I am looking foward to becoming part of the Physics Forums community.