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    (Original post by Occams Chainsaw)
    Did you go to Cambridge, by any chance? It just seems that a lot of the maths course there is geared for theoretical physics!
    Well, if I could have a split between physics and game theory-type stuff in the second year then that would be cool. I could then probably specialise in the third!
    I've found the same as you with simple statistics etc that I had learnt at GCSE. I realised I've forgotten everything I learnt about probability which probably isn't very good!

    Analysis and topology look pretty difficult! Because I don't see any real application it doesn't appeal to me as much as physics where I can learn something and say "oh, so that's how that works". I think that is more satisfying for me.
    Yes I did I'm not sure how they divide the course up these days, but I think it's the second year (Part IB) before you see things like Optimization and then you can specialize more in the 3rd year (Part II).

    I enjoyed Analysis when it was justifying the foundations of calculus etc, but when it moves into topological areas (compactness, connectedness etc) then I'm with you and it seems to move into less appealing territory
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    Yes I did I'm not sure how they divide the course up these days, but I think it's the second year (Part IB) before you see things like Optimization and then you can specialize more in the 3rd year (Part II).

    I enjoyed Analysis when it was justifying the foundations of calculus etc, but when it moves into topological areas (compactness, connectedness etc) then I'm with you and it seems to move into less appealing territory
    Yeah, optimization is still IB.
    The problem I have with optimization is that it's basically computer science so I presume they will want us to programme. That isn't what I want to do!

    I tried looking at a book on analysis that my lecturer handed me one day but I didn't understand what was going on! I think I need to cover the A Level syllabus first.

    May I ask what you do now you have graduated? I'm always curious to hear the destinations of Cambridge Mathematics graduates (what a cool achievement!).
 
 
 
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