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Sorry if I'am being innaccurate with the "just math or just physics" but I think you guys know what I mean.

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Sorry if I'am being innaccurate with the "just math or just physics" but I think you guys know what I mean.

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I can't say for sure what a career in Math. Phys. would be like, though. Possibly researching ways to analytically solve problems that are "too complicated" to solve at the moment analytically.

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I can't say for sure what a career in Math. Phys. would be like, though. Possibly researching ways to analytically solve problems that are "too complicated" to solve at the moment analytically.

Would this be what a prof. of Math. Phys. would be doing? Also, is becoming a prof. the only notible career path you can take with a degree in Math. Phys.?

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But it can also mean mathematically rigorous study of physical models, which seems pretty interesting to me, but I'm afraid that not much can be gained out of that - or am I wrong?

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Sorry if I'am being innaccurate with the "just math or just physics" but I think you guys know what I mean.

The way my quantum professor explained it to me: theoretical physicists are physicists, mathematical physicists are mathematicians. My understanding is that mathematical physics is a discipline within math departments. Mathematical physicists would probably be interested in proofs, and in solving problems in mathematics. Theoretical physicists, however, appear to be more interested in getting results that can be empirically tested, and they work fairly closely with experimental physicists. My advisor, for example, is an experimental physicist, but we have a theoretical professor in our group as well, and he's familiar with many of the details of our experiment.

Well, hope this helps.

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temaire said:...is it a better field to go into than just math or just physics?

So to answer your question, i would say it depends on your intentions. If you want to earn money, then i dont know, its been said on the net that "all the universities are looking for string theorists" but you never no. If your intentions are to make a contribution, then it depends on what you like, if you like mathematical physics, do mathematical physics. If you like pure math, then do pure math. It is a bad idea to work in a field that you are not passionate about, do what you love!

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