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    The online biographies mention only his maths degrees as his undergraduate and Ph.D degrees, and generally his area of study as student was pure maths.

    Does anyone know how he became physicist? By self-study?
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    He's a mathematical physicist...a mathematician first and foremost.
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    "Mathematical physics refers to development of mathematical methods for application to problems in physics. The Journal of Mathematical Physics defines the field as "the application of mathematics to problems in physics and the development of mathematical methods suitable for such applications and for the formulation of physical theories". It is a branch of applied mathematics, but deals with physical problems."

    At the end of the day physics and engineering are both just applied maths.
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    (Original post by Spiral1977)
    The online biographies mention only his maths degrees as his undergraduate and Ph.D degrees, and generally his area of study as student was pure maths.

    Does anyone know how he became physicist? By self-study?
    He is a mathematical physicist so he'll most likely of taught himself/taken informal courses on the stuff he wanted to know phyiscs wise,

    You will find that a lot of the useful stuff you learn that you use in research you have to self teach (for theorists and mathematicians anyway), the degree only gets you the basics of that area really
 
 
 
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