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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
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Nowadays, a scientist is considered someone who is well-versed in all the sciences and maths, and not merely a specialized field.

I do not agree either.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.**

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
- Registered: 2011-05-23
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ShivamS wrote:

I don't mean it that literally such that a mathematician should have knowledge of physics, biology, chemistry, medicine, psychology etc. I mean a basic amount of math, biology, chemistry and biology. Most institute have the requirement of taking courses from the 4 aforementioned categories for graduation. And certain disciplines require a high degree of knowledge from another subject (i.e. physicists need a strong knowledge of analysis).

First of all, in my opinion mathematics is not a science.

What kinds of institutes?

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**ShivamS****Member**- Registered: 2011-02-07
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As far as I know, MIT, Harvard and several others have General Institute Requirements. That means even non-math/science majors/minors have to take such courses. As for your first statement, I disagree.

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