Pure Math vs Mathematical Sciences

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Mr Prof
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Pure Math vs Mathematical Sciences

Post by Mr Prof » Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:43 pm

I will like to know the difference/ differences between pure math and mathematical sciences at doctoral level in terms of the rigour and depth of math doctoral students are exposed to. Will a student who wants to learn all of pure math he can ever learn (like algebraic geometry, number theory, differential geometry etc) and contribute to the field (of pure math) that interests him through original research still achieve those goals by doing a phd in mathematical sciences?

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Re: Pure Math vs Mathematical Sciences

Post by crashtest » Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:50 pm

Mathematical sciences is vague, it's a blanket term to include everything: pure math, applied math, statistics, actuarial studies, etc.

Given that, I doubt anyone will be able to answer your question unless they know which phd program you are referring to. You can probably answer it yourself, look up the program online. They may give a description that simple tells you what the degree is about. Additionally, I would look at the required courses.

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Re: Pure Math vs Mathematical Sciences

Post by jhgmath » Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:13 pm

I would suggest just making sure you attend a school that does not separate applied and pure math. I am in a similar boat as you where I love learning pure math, but I want to apply it. Some schools have pure and applied as completely different departments. I have been trying to meet with some of the people at the universities I want to apply to, and I always ask how well the two maths work together. Duke, for example, has virtually no separation. Hope this helps.

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