mirage wrote: nowhereguy wrote:
Depends, do you have any idea of what topic you would like to do? I could give you a better answer if you tell me that
I don't have a very specific topic in mind yet, but broadly I'm interested in the interface between rigorous topology & geometry and string theory/quantum gravity.
Hmmm, OK. Then, the places you should aim for are Harvard, Princeton, Berkeley and Santa Barbara. For what you say, those are definitely the top places. Of course there are other schools that have very good people doing mathematical physics oriented towards topology and geometry/string theory (e.g. off the top of my head, UPenn has a couple very good people doing that, Washington too), but those 4 are the top, I would say. I am too lazy to try and remember other people/schools good at it, sorry
EDIT: Forgot a school in the top places list: Stony Brook. Now that they will have the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, they will be up there with Harvard and such.