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## Main Question or Discussion Point

There is so much mathematics in theoretical physics these days such as string theory that it may be hard to distinguish mathematicians from theoretical physcist, although this lack of distinction applied to Newton and others as well.

My question is would you recommand an (average level intelligent) future theoretical physcist to do a Phd in pure mathematics (related to physics such as topology) and go back to physics once the mathematics has been mastered. Or do a Phd in physics and pick up the higher level mathematics such as Topology, abstract algebra etc

Considering that this person is not a genius than I presume that the former (Phd in math) is a better choice since it is much harder to learn higher level mathematics by one self compared with picking up a physics text book without any fear of the mathematics in it and ready to absorb all the physics inside. But I could be wrong. Any suggestions.

Thanks

My question is would you recommand an (average level intelligent) future theoretical physcist to do a Phd in pure mathematics (related to physics such as topology) and go back to physics once the mathematics has been mastered. Or do a Phd in physics and pick up the higher level mathematics such as Topology, abstract algebra etc

Considering that this person is not a genius than I presume that the former (Phd in math) is a better choice since it is much harder to learn higher level mathematics by one self compared with picking up a physics text book without any fear of the mathematics in it and ready to absorb all the physics inside. But I could be wrong. Any suggestions.

Thanks