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What Maths subjects should I study to understand Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity?

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What Maths subjects should I study to understand Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity?

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For QM you need differential equations, linear algebra, and group theory.

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Hilbert spaces wouldn't go amiss and if you want to look to the future then category theory too.

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Tom Mattson said:For GR you need tensor analysis, differential geometry, and for a sufficiently sophisticated course, topology.

Where does one use topology in general relativity?

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Cragwolf,

All over de place.

Check out this link:

http://xxx.lanl.gov/PS_cache/gr-qc/pdf/9712/9712019.pdf

Do a search for "topology" and see all the fun places it takes you!

All over de place.

Check out this link:

http://xxx.lanl.gov/PS_cache/gr-qc/pdf/9712/9712019.pdf

Do a search for "topology" and see all the fun places it takes you!

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Of course, if you have an interest in doing further work/research in mathematical physics then doing the extra maths is very helpful because you may find interesting applications.

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