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Mathematical Physicists

  1. Nov 6, 2013 #1
    I've always wondered do mathematical physicists tend to normally have a rigorous training in physics? I know (at least at most universities) mathematical physics is grouped under the math department rather than the physics department. So what training in physics do these individuals actually possess? Is it true that maybe in some cases, they possess no training in actual physics (other than introductory courses) but have taken applied mathematics courses pertaining to general relativity, fluid mechanics, etc.
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  3. Nov 7, 2013 #2


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    Mathematical physics is often treated as a branch of applied mathematics. As such it requires a bit more math than physics, though you cannot solve the problems of physics without some grasp of the principles.

    Take a look at the backgrounds and interests of the Mathematical Physics/Applied Mathematics group at the University of Michigan: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/math/people/facultytenuredtenuretrackbyresearcharea/mathematicalphysics [Broken]
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  4. Nov 7, 2013 #3
    Thanks, reading about their respective research areas was very interesting.
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