Is Pure math of any use in Theoretical high energy physics?

  • #1
zahero_2007
75
0
Is Pure math like functional analysis and real analysis of any use in Theoretical high energy physics research ? Do I need to learn them?
 

Answers and Replies

  • #2
zahero_2007
75
0
Any one??:frown:
 
  • #3
lurflurf
Homework Helper
2,453
149
Functional analysis and real analysis are not (entirely) pure math, they are basic and highly applicable in application including but not limited to theoretical physics. The more important and harder to answer question is how a limed budget of time should be allocated to learning an unlimited amount of useful mathematics. My entirely unhelpful opinion is that between 3 and 30 percent of mathematics learning time should be devoted to functional analysis and real analysis depending on individual needs, abilities, and interest.
 
  • #4
homeomorphic
1,773
130
I'm not in high energy, exactly, but I say learn what you are interested in. I don't know what level you are at. I think quantum mechanics provides nice motivation for functional analysis, so it's good to learn them together, or quantum mechanics first. Maybe functional first, if you are more mathematical, but I kind of look down on that, even though I am a mathematician (some PDE might also suffice in place of QM).

If your style is very mathematical, you can be like John Baez and know limitless amounts of math, but work in quantum gravity (although he quit that). If your style is more towards physics, I suspect you can probably get by if you almost ignore math, except whatever you need to learn along the way. So, it's really whatever you are interested in, I think.
 

Suggested for: Is Pure math of any use in Theoretical high energy physics?

  • Last Post
Replies
8
Views
536
Replies
6
Views
644
  • Last Post
Replies
13
Views
505
  • Last Post
Replies
10
Views
1K
  • Last Post
Replies
7
Views
714
Replies
23
Views
2K
  • Last Post
2
Replies
42
Views
1K
Replies
26
Views
1K
Replies
8
Views
374
Top