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Schools Maths/Mathsphysics course in German-speaking university?

  1. Jan 19, 2010 #1
    Hi everyone,
    I'm in second year of a maths/mathsphysics degree (four years) and want to go on an exchange next year to a German-speaking country. My university has given me the job of picking the university. Most German universities seem to just do a pure maths or maths-computer science degree. Does anyone know of a reputable university offering a maths/mathsphysics degree?

    Thanks for any help
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  3. Jan 19, 2010 #2
    That's right. Math and physics in general are very unconnected in Germany. People
    do the one or the other thing.

    Physics is pretty much 95% experimental physics over here in Germany believe it or not.

    I know that most people from different countries think that math or physics
    has to be s.th. special here because of all those guys with german
    ancestry like Einstein, Planck, Hilbert, Pauli, Schrödinger (both austrian),
    Bethe, Born, Goedel ... to name a few. But times have changed and the best
    programs are at the most elite studies in your country (usa), trust me.

    What you mean is possibly analysis which falls in the category "mathematical physics"
    or "applied mathematics" which is in it's heart nothing else then pure math with topics like PDE's etc.

    Universities which offering something like that anyway:

    LMU Munich (very elite)


    Wuerzburg (or würzburg)

    (they have a newly created course of studies http://www.uni-wuerzburg.de/ueber/sonstige_einrichtungen/hochschulinfotag_2009/aktuelles/meldungen/single/artikel/neuer-stud-2/ [Broken] even if you can't read it)

    I don't know anything else which is probably as good as those two things
    a very good math university is the university of Bonn.

    Three things:

    1. It's very special here in Germany what you want to do
    and really rarely exists.

    2. It's often not very good supported except for elite programs such like the
    LMU studies.

    3. Almost all studies also experimental physics or chemistry and math are all
    very theoretical compared to most different countries (even if you have to do a lot of hand work).

    3. is something a lot of exchange students told me, and I don't think it's
    a bonus. So make sure you really get what you want if you come to Germany.

    Good luck
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