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Math, physics, and computer science

  • Thread starter Julio R
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Basically I want to know what the prospects and job conditions of doing research in these three field in academia,research labs, and industry are. And also what grad school work and research is usually like.


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Hey Julio R and welcome to the forums.

In terms of research in general, you have to ask yourself whether you like the prospect of whether you are comfortable (at least initially) in being totally clue-less about not only solving a problem, but also what you even need to begin to clarify what the real problem is and how you can approach it.

If you are OK with this then it will be a good attribute for research no matter what field you are in.

Remember the word is re-search, and the constant re - "searching" is as the title implies.
So in general terms is research similar to solving a problem that you are not aware of? Or is it a known problem that you just don't know how to start working on?


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It may involve both depending on the problem.

If you are working on an existing known problem then that is one thing, but if you are working on something that isn't really as specific, then part of the research will be to make your own problem in your own mind a lot more specific.

This needs to be done for any problem you have and the simple act of making the problem absolutely crystal clear (especially in a few contexts) is one of the critical things in solving a problem.

Think about situations that start out as largely informal ("I wonder if I can find a way to make this more efficient") and then slowly they become very formal ("How can I minimize this value of lambda given these specific constraints assuming a global bounded error under assumptions 1, 2, 3.....")

This is especially significant in big problems when you have a good informal idea of what you want but don't have enough technical experience to make it clear.

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