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Freeman Dyson

Roger Penrose

I'm sure there have been many, many, many others, so could anyone name me some more physicists who came from a mathematics background?

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Freeman Dyson

Roger Penrose

I'm sure there have been many, many, many others, so could anyone name me some more physicists who came from a mathematics background?

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Neumann, although some might not agree he was a physicist.

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Fourier should come into this somehow?

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Fourier should come into this somehow?

Yes, he has his place in the series.

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People shouldn't necessarily be

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Yes, he has his place in the series.

I'm responding simply because I think this post is worthy of recognition.

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I'll second that.I'm responding simply because I think this post is worthy of recognition.

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True. People can often be recognized for their work that some might feel is "outside their field". That's OK.

People shouldn't necessarily bepeggedas one thing or another. One can do mathematics, physics, or engineering, depending what hat one wants to wear at at the time. No individual has to exclusively choose a single one at the expense of the others.

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People shouldn't necessarily bepeggedas one thing or another. One can do mathematics, physics, or engineering, depending what hat one wants to wear at at the time. No individual has to exclusively choose a single one at the expense of the others.

To further expound on this, I was going to use Josiah Willard Gibbs as an example. He was awarded the first PhD in engineering in America, and contributed quite impressively (understatement) to many other fields.

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Newton - calculus, laws of motion, gravity

Lagrange - calculus of variations, Lagrangian formulation of mechanics

Hamilton - quaternions, Hamiltonian formulation of mechanics

Poincare - topology, symmetries of electrodynamics, stability of solar system

Kolmogorov, Arnold, Moser - stability of solar system

Ruelle, Takens - strange attractor, turbulence

Elie Cartan - differential geometry, general relativity

Birkhoff - ergodic theory, general relativity

Goedel - logic, general relativity

Yau - differential geometry, positive energy theorem

Arthur Jaffe - quantum field theory

Barry Simon - quantum field theory

Tadeusz Balaban - Yang-Mills theory

Peter Shor - quantum computation

Michael Freedman - topology, topological quantum computation

Andrew Hodges - twistors

John Baez - spin foams

Kevin Costello - quantum field theory

Lagrange - calculus of variations, Lagrangian formulation of mechanics

Hamilton - quaternions, Hamiltonian formulation of mechanics

Poincare - topology, symmetries of electrodynamics, stability of solar system

Kolmogorov, Arnold, Moser - stability of solar system

Ruelle, Takens - strange attractor, turbulence

Elie Cartan - differential geometry, general relativity

Birkhoff - ergodic theory, general relativity

Goedel - logic, general relativity

Yau - differential geometry, positive energy theorem

Arthur Jaffe - quantum field theory

Barry Simon - quantum field theory

Tadeusz Balaban - Yang-Mills theory

Peter Shor - quantum computation

Michael Freedman - topology, topological quantum computation

Andrew Hodges - twistors

John Baez - spin foams

Kevin Costello - quantum field theory

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