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Tom Mattson

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Jin314159 said:A friend of mine got into a heated debate on which one of these disciplines is harder. What do you guys think?

I think that pure mathematics is the hardest, hands down. A lot of people who say "Aw, math is easy!" probably never took a "real" math course. By that I mean that they probably never went beyond the calculus/linear algebra/diff eq sequence required of engineering majors. Once you get away from those grind-out-the-calculations courses, you get into the real meat of the issue: proving theorems. This required more mental firepower than any other discipline, IMO. As a physics student, I did just enough to be dangerous . My plan is to get myself up to the level of a math grad student in analysis and algebra, starting this fall. Wish me luck.