This is a very rough draft of my statement of purpose. The plan is to use this as a base and customize it for different programs to include why those specific programs will help me achieve my purpose. The conclusion is missing because that will be specific to each program I'm applying to. All comments are welcomed please don't hold back. " My purpose in graduate school is to gain the skills necessary to answer questions about the physical world that have previously been void of an answer and are of profound interest to not just scientists but also to laymen. To accomplish this purpose I plan to take as much physics classes as I can in whichever graduate school I go to. The purpose of this is so that I can understand how different models of reality accurately predict empirical phenomena on a wide range of scales, from low energy to high energy, from massive objects to quantum sized objects etc. By understanding how all of these models work and why they work I want to consolidate all of these successful but distinct theories of physics into a more unified theory. I am not saying I want to specialize in every subfield of physics; rather I want to heavily incorporate many other fields of physics into my specialization so I can further its ability to explain new phenomena. For example using a modified form of General Relativity to describe how gravity behaves on quantum scales. In order to accomplish my purpose besides just learning vast amounts of physics I would like to hone my abilities as a researcher. To do this I plan on reading many papers from peer reviewed journals on whatever I choice to be my specialization and attend as much conferences as possible. Also I’ll extrapolate as much insights on how to do research as I can from my thesis advisor and other faculties members I interact with. Furthermore I would be constant communication with other students who have interests which I believe are in concord with my own and we’ll have weekly discussions of where our research is going. As an undergrad I have spent three continuous semesters conducting research with professor David Mugglin of the Polytechnic School of Engineering of New York University on the dynamics of a Physical Double Pendulum (PDP). The experience has prepared me to do research in graduate school because it taught me the methodology of doing original research. Our project started off by trying to construct a model, which accurately represents the PDP when it’s motion is in the quasi-period regime taking into account air resistance and frictions from the bearings. As I did read more papers on the PDP I started asking more profound questions and our research changed focus to describing the route to chaos that the PDP takes. This research combined computational and theoretical elements. I identified a route to chaos for the PDP as a parameter responsible for determining the intergrability of the system is varied from zero (system is fully intergrable) to small but non zero (system is near intergrable). I expanded the Hamiltonian of the PDP to first order in epsilon in terms of this parameters and interpreted my results in terms of the KAM theorem. Computationally I used Mathematica to solve the nonlinear differential equations of the PDP and construct bifurcation and Poincare sections. During my research I gained an understanding of Hamiltonian Chaos and of the various mathematical and computational methods that are employed to study that class of system. Despite my wonderful experience in that field of physics as of now I’m not committed to that being my specialization in graduate school. If I had to rank my preferences as of now I would rank unifying General Relativity with Quantum Field Theory as my first choice, with Cosmology being second and nonlinear dynamics being third. I also have a budding interest in the interdisciplinary field of biophysics. Regardless of what I pick as my specialization I plan on becoming very proficient in all of those fields and more because I feel it will make me better researcher and physicists. "