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What would be the best degree to study if I wanted to be an astronautical engineer, ie. a rocket scientist?
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Aeronautical Engineering probably.
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Aeronautical Engineering probably.
I wasn't aware any university's offered aeronautical engineering, at least I dont think any of the top 20 unis offer it.
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I wasn't aware any university's offered aeronautical engineering, at least I dont think any of the top 20 unis offer it.
http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/ugprospec...tecourses#h401

Nope, certainly not
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I've always wondered why people use the term 'it's not Rocket Science' when implying that something isn't difficult, surely a harder subject such as Theoretical Physics should be used? 'It's not Theoretical Physics' would sound much better.

Oh and to answer the OP, take Aeronautical Engineering, I think top Unis do offer it.
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Lolz

Cambridge offers it too but you have to do general in the first year and then specialise
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I've always wondered why people use the term 'it's not Rocket Science' when implying that something isn't difficult, surely a harder subject such as Theoretical Physics should be used? 'It's not Theoretical Physics' would sound much better.

Oh and to answer the OP, take Aeronautical Engineering, I think top Unis do offer it.
Most people know the meaning of the words 'rocket' and 'science'

Sadly, there's still a large proportion of society who - when you tell them you study physics - will say, 'what's that??'.

God knows how many people know the meaning of the word 'theoretical'

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I've always wondered why people use the term 'it's not Rocket Science' when implying that something isn't difficult, surely a harder subject such as Theoretical Physics should be used? 'It's not Theoretical Physics' would sound much better.

Oh and to answer the OP, take Aeronautical Engineering, I think top Unis do offer it.
In what way is theoretcial physics more difficult? Isn't theoretical physics largely just maths?
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I wasn't aware any university's offered aeronautical engineering, at least I dont think any of the top 20 unis offer it.
the vast majority do an aerospace/aeronautical engineering degree. seriously do some research.

and why exactly do you want to do it? i'd personally recommend a general degree which you can then specialise in. you may well end up preferring a completely different area of engineering
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People either say 'rocket science' or 'brain surgery' as they are catchy.

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Having worked as a researcher in a physics department I recall one instance where I was involved in a discussion with a professor and some other researchers:

Researcher 1: "I think we'll overcome this problem by the end of next week"
Researcher 2: "Hopefully sooner, it's not rocket science"
Professor: "Indeed, it's far more complicated than that!"
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In what way is theoretcial physics more difficult? Isn't theoretical physics largely just maths?
It's not 'just' maths, it's a conceptual mind-****. Why do you think, despite all the geniuses working in the field, we've barely managed baby-steps since the 1970s? Aeronautics is essentially the application of tried and tested physical theories, even if the tolerances require more and more complex calculations (such as CFD). You can get a rocket to the moon using newtonian mechanics, hardly massively conceptually difficult.
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In what way is theoretcial physics more difficult? Isn't theoretical physics largely just maths?
I think you underestimate exactly what 'just maths' is.
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In what way is theoretcial physics more difficult? Isn't theoretical physics largely just maths?
Just maths

What?
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the vast majority do an aerospace/aeronautical engineering degree. seriously do some research.

and why exactly do you want to do it? i'd personally recommend a general degree which you can then specialise in. you may well end up preferring a completely different area of engineering
I'm currently doing a degree in Financial Mathematics, and it's certainly sufficiently technical, but I want to study a 'creative science', as in science that's used to build things, that's why I was thinking of going down the physics/engineering route. Conceptually I'm more attracted to Physics than Engineering, but afaik Physics doesnt feature as much in actually building things (aeroplanes, buildings, etc) as Engineering.
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Engineering is NOT science.
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mate it think youll find thers quite a lot of maths in aeronautical engineering you should do some research it would be less embarassing for you
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mate it think youll find thers quite a lot of maths in aeronautical engineering you should do some research it would be less embarassing for you
I'm doing a maths degree! So I'm already practically spending every hour of my day doing equations.
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Just maths

What?
I mean "just maths" to the extent where it just becomes completely removed from reality and exists purely within the hypothetical?
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I went to see a space shuttle take off from NASA at Cape Canaveral, and got a t shirt that said: 'NASA: It's only rocket science.'

I LOL'd!
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