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Old 08-20-2012, 03:41 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by Tannhauser View Post
Cool. I did astronomy as a subsidiary subject (my other subsid was history and philosophy of science). I always liked astrophysics, but unfortunately my maths wasn't good enough to get beyond A-Level with it.

Incidentally, the abbreviation math is starting to gain ground in the UK over the more traditional maths. A bit of transatlantic migration, like 'back in the day', which was completely unknown over here until a few years ago.
I thought I was prepared for astrophysics having a strong algebra and calculus background, but the heavy emphasis on advanced geometry really kicked me in the teeth. I could solve an equation, but setting up advanced equations from scratch was a talent that was beyond me at the time. I never had an adviser warm me that I might want to master advanced geometry first. So it goes...

Regarding maths, we were pretty much weened from an early age to use math. Whenever I heard someone use maths I thought they were just being playfully odd.
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