What do you want to do?

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Originally posted by climbhi
I'm also pretty certain theres not a college on earth that offers a major in quantum mechanics ... perhaps you meant to say physics?
I guess. Either that or just computer science with a specific interest in quantum computing and AI. I haven't really researched the majors that well yet, as I still have 2 years before I go of to college. The main two I'm considering are CS and aerospace engineering.
 
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Dj Sneaky Whiskers

I want to be cool, like the fonz.

I want to be able to control machinery by simply punching it, like the fonz.

I want to have loser friends who make me look *even* cooler, like the fonz.

But I don't ever want to look like Henry Winkler.

I also want a decent excuse to join the French Foriegn Legion and get away from all this tiresome university business.
 
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climbhi

Originally posted by Dj Sneaky Whiskers
I want to be cool, like the fonz.

I want to be able to control machinery by simply punching it, like the fonz.

I want to have loser friends who make me look *even* cooler, like the fonz.
Man, fonz, now that is cool, certainly a worthy goal!
 
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Dj Sneaky Whiskers

You know it! I mean, there's only so far in life you can get on a PhD, they're virtually useless outside Academia and research, but being the Fonz? That'll take you straight to the top. Not only was he the divinely appointed monarch of the world of cool, but he had a successful career in amature dramatics, lecturing in car maintenance, and as a mechanic.

Chachee was the filth, though.
 
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Originally posted by climbhi
Three PhD's, please now you're just talking silly...

Just for the record though I've never heard of a place that actually offers a program in quantum computing, at least not yet, maybe sometime down the road...
There are plenty of places in which you can study quantum computing.
You could go for the maths side and study quantum information and quantum probability (applications in q-computing), or the physics side and study NMR, optics etc. or go down computing side and get involved with algorithms or error correction.

At most of the major universities, I would be very surprised if there wasn't a supervisor in at least one of these areas willing to supervise a Phd in the area with applications to quantum computing.

To get onto the Phd course, you would have a very good first degree in physics/maths/ computing depending on area of specialism.
 
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Dj Sneaky Whiskers

At most of the major universities, I would be very surprised if there wasn't a supervisor in at least one of these areas willing to supervise a Phd in the area with applications to quantum computing.


Aye, one of the stated research activities where I am is Quantum Information and Quantum Computation, both in the Mathematics department, and in the Theoretical Physics research Group. It's all part of whatever topics are seen as most 'popular' and potential moneyspinners. In the mid 90's it was all Biochemistry, now you'd be hard pressed to find a University that wasn't pouring resources into and creating PhD placements in the fields of Genetics (particularly the prospect of stem cell research), Quantum Computation, and Nanotechnology (the university I'm at is currently in the process of building a centre for research into Nanotechnology).

Of course, this happens much to the displeasure of other research groups who can only watch as their funding fluctuates with the changes in whatever's the latest topic to get the research councils and Parliamentary Ministers excited
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Although most, if not all decent universities here seem to state entry requirements for a research degree to be a 2:1 (US equivalent a GPA of about 3.0), I'd agree that to get a place in a field so 'popular' you'd probably need a good First and some pretty damn happy references.
 
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GENIERE

This is very disappointing thread. It seems acquiring a PhD is thought to be the goal for many rather than the means to achieve a goal. By the end of the junior year in HS, one should have a good concept of what his career path would be, certainly by the time when it is necessary to select a major.

Regards
 
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Dj Sneaky Whiskers

Hey! I said I wanted to be a latter day Fonz, and even went on to say that PhD's were useless in comparison to Fonzness!
 
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Originally posted by GENIERE
This is very disappointing thread. It seems acquiring a PhD is thought to be the goal for many rather than the means to achieve a goal. By the end of the junior year in HS, one should have a good concept of what his career path would be, certainly by the time when it is necessary to select a major.

Regards
A Phd is a good goal to have.
To say that in 10 years time you want a Phd is a reasonable goal to get through the education system. It says nothing about any subsequent desire to be e.g. a lecturer or professor.

I fail to see where your dissapointment comes from.
 

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