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I'm a 3rd year student of a Mathematic School and i'm looking what to follow after i'm done with my undergratuate studies. I'm interested in following two paths:

1)Pure Mathematics (I know that i can handle it. I study them all the time)

2)Quantum Mechanics(Is there a difference with Quantum Physics?).(I have a merely idea of physics in general,but i'm willing to study hard 'cause i love it)

What is your opinion? Could you plz name some good universities for my master studies on these branches(more interested in Europe)?

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So you're asking whether you should be a physicist, on a site for mathematicians? More seriously, stackexchange is not a good place for this sort of questions... –  Karolis Juodelė Nov 6 '13 at 11:53
    
Haha.Right. But i think that these two branches are connected due to their advanced mathematics –  Mitsos Nov 6 '13 at 11:58
    
Exactly how much background do you have in physics to consider pursing a graduate degree in quantum? Just because you know math doesn't mean you can automatically jump into a physics degree. –  EuYu Nov 6 '13 at 12:13

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As a person who knows a moderate amount of undergraduate level physics, Quantum Mechanics is not something you want to just jump into. It makes use of a lot of conservation principles and concepts that can only be understood fully after having studied introductory classes. You are more than willing to try it, but I would recommend starting with:

Intro physics (such as kinematics and basic E&M)

Classical Mechanics (I recommend Classical Mechanics by John R. Taylor)

And lastly, but very importantly, a study of Electricity and Magnetism (Griffiths is the best).

Quantum Mechanics is a tricky subject, and unless you are ok with "hand wavy" derivations that seem suspicious and incomprehensible, I would suggest studying the basics so as to minimize the mystique.

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