mirage wrote:I'm looking to apply to physics departments that have the best combination of research in theoretical particle physics, mathematical physics, and gravitational physics (also theoretical) - or at least the first two out of these three. I'm especially looking for ones that have particle physics faculty with joint math department appointments and/or that allow grad students to pursue research in both departments (i.e. with one advisor in phys, the other in math).
What are the opinions and suggestions out there?
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
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.
doom wrote:Don't know anything about gravity.
mirage wrote:Thanks for all the suggestions! It's interesting - I had no idea that UCSB was particularly good in these areas, but I've looked up the department and will probably apply now (I already knew about Harvard & Princeton).
How would you assess MIT, Stanford, UCLA, Columbia, NYU, Brown, and Penn in these areas?
will wrote:I find it hard to believe that Columbia isn't any good at string theory, what with Brian Greene being there and all.
mirage wrote:Why not NYU? Not much string theory in general or is it mathematical string theory that is missing?
By the way, is it worthwhile applying to any universities outside the U.S. - in particular Cambridge or the Perimeter Institute?
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