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Programming for Physicist or a Astronomer

  1. Jun 4, 2005 #1

    I got a few questions...
    To be a Physicist or a Astronomer, do you need to know how to program at all? I thought you needed to know a little of program..my friend who has a different thought on this, like why don't they hire their own programmers and do it themselves...after-all, that's what a physicist or astronomer does.(He seems to know everyone).

    Thanks for the help
  2. jcsd
  3. Jun 5, 2005 #2


    All the work I've done has heavily relied on computational models. Generally, in industry someone else will write the code for you. In academia its written by the pysicists (usually, though I suppose you could hire someone else, but then you'd have less grant money to be spent elsewhere).
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