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August 4th, 2016, 07:04 PM   #11
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On the topic of applied mathematics, my university does have a concentration in it. What would be the appeal in taking that route instead of regular physics?
My opinion, based on what you have said so far, is that you are an admirer of elegance in mathematics, and an admirer of all things that have depth and are rich with knowledge and history. A thinker. Am i close?

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.
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My opinion, based on what you have said so far, is that you are an admirer of elegance in mathematics, and an admirer of all things that have depth and are rich with knowledge and history. A thinker. Am i close?
Spot on, my friend. Though some say I am too much of a thinker .

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".
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Spot on, my friend. Though some say I am too much of a thinker .
Haha i can relate to that. Often caught not responding to someone talking to me because i'm too busy having conversations with myself xD.

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Like I said, I hadn't(?) 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.
Can relate to this also... Unfortunately i managed to get myself into an engineering degree before i started to realize that everything is really all about mathematics (haha). God forbid engineering has ruined me! I'm trying to push into an applied math program, which i think is as good as it'll get for me.

This is why i strongly recommend you to pursue pure math if you have the opportunity, and want to do it.

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I like to relate this realization of mathematics to Plato's "Allegory of the Cave".
I can't say i had read this before reading your post. Luckily, on my bookshelf sits a book - "Great Dialogues Of Plato".

Really inspiring, thanks for mentioning.
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August 8th, 2016, 07:39 AM   #14
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I was told that advanced calculus was essentially proving calculus and that really intrigued me. So the traditional mathematics route was what appealed to me.
Actually, advanced calculus is calculus with many variables - so while you were doing introductory calculus on a 2D plane, you do advanced (multivariable/vector) calculus in a 3D world.

Proving calculus is another set of courses called analysis, which is notorious for its difficulty (but usually a requirement for graduation!)
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Spot on, my friend. Though some say I am too much of a thinker .

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".
That's true! What you saw in high school mathematics was just images of mathematics projected onto the cave - they aren't the real McCoy, so to speak.
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That's true! What you saw in high school mathematics was just images of mathematics projected onto the cave - they aren't the real McCoy, so to speak.
Hahahaha... real McCoy. Haven't heard that in ages.. Phew.
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