How should a physics student study mathematics?

How should a physics student study mathematics?


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Vikas TU
14149 Points
3 years ago
I feel very strongly about this question. I believe that for an experimentalist, it's fine to not go very deeply into advanced mathematics whatsoever. Mostly experimentalists need to understand one particular experiment at a time extremely well, and there are so many skills an experimentalist needs to focus all of their time/energy on developing as students.
I believe experimentalists should derive their physical intuition from lots of time spent in the lab, whereas theoreticians should develop their physical intuition from a sense of "mathematical beauty" in the spirit of Dirac.

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