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Hi PFers,

I'm a senior physics/math major and very interested in pure mathematics (esp. algebra and number theory) but I'm also interested in the very abstract side of physics like string/particle, some QFT and unification theory.

If I pursue mathematics as a graduate as opposed to physics, how disadvantaged will I be in entering these research areas? I'd still love to be able to contribute to pure math, but what I am keen on is learning how physical theories and pure math overlap, and being active in that area too.

I find my upper div physics classes awesome (quantum, EM and electrodynamics, nuclear, etc.) but I find the 'artistic' methods (don't mean to sound pretentious...) of problem solving in math to be really exciting and rewarding, especially as a break from the strictly applied stuff.

Any advice? Application cycle for 2012-2013 has started and I'm about to decide which programs to apply to and how to craft my SOP.

Thank you :)

I'm a senior physics/math major and very interested in pure mathematics (esp. algebra and number theory) but I'm also interested in the very abstract side of physics like string/particle, some QFT and unification theory.

If I pursue mathematics as a graduate as opposed to physics, how disadvantaged will I be in entering these research areas? I'd still love to be able to contribute to pure math, but what I am keen on is learning how physical theories and pure math overlap, and being active in that area too.

I find my upper div physics classes awesome (quantum, EM and electrodynamics, nuclear, etc.) but I find the 'artistic' methods (don't mean to sound pretentious...) of problem solving in math to be really exciting and rewarding, especially as a break from the strictly applied stuff.

Any advice? Application cycle for 2012-2013 has started and I'm about to decide which programs to apply to and how to craft my SOP.

Thank you :)

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