August 4th, 2016, 07:04 PM  #11  
Senior Member Joined: Feb 2016 From: Australia Posts: 1,610 Thanks: 550 Math Focus: Yet to find out.  Quote:
If so, then i don't think applied math or physics may suit you. In any case, if you have the option to study pure mathematics or theoretical physics, then perhaps it's better to go down that path first, and possibly branch into applied science later.  
August 8th, 2016, 04:31 AM  #12  
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Like I said, I had liked mathematics until college when I saw the beauty in it. Also I realized math prior to calculus was preparation which can consequently be dreadful, probably a big factor in turning people away. I like to relate this realization of mathematics to Plato's "Allegory of the Cave".  
August 8th, 2016, 05:17 AM  #13  
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This is why i strongly recommend you to pursue pure math if you have the opportunity, and want to do it. Quote:
Really inspiring, thanks for mentioning.  
August 8th, 2016, 07:39 AM  #14  
Senior Member Joined: Dec 2012 From: Hong Kong Posts: 853 Thanks: 311 Math Focus: Stochastic processes, statistical inference, data mining, computational linguistics  Quote:
Proving calculus is another set of courses called analysis, which is notorious for its difficulty (but usually a requirement for graduation!)  
August 8th, 2016, 07:40 AM  #15  
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August 8th, 2016, 01:45 PM  #16 
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