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Cokelly
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What is the difference between applied mathematics and pure mathematics majors? I've seen that applied mathematics has been repeatedly ranked within the top ten highest paying majors, and don't get me wrong pure mathematics is at points, but not most. I was wondering what the differences between these are, and whether it really matters that much. Thanks.

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## Replies to: Difference between applied mathematics and pure mathematics?

1,183Senior MemberAn acquaintance of mine, who in another life was a probabilist by training, got a job in a business school. She did consulting for some finance researcher, on some pricing problem. She came up with an analytical solution to the problem in 2 days, which the finance guy gave to his computer whiz to implement. The program worked, but it took 24 hours to spit out numbers meant to decide whether to buy/sell on the stock market, where things change by the minute. That was her first adventure in the wonderful world of applications. A pure mathematician is happy to have an exact solution, or often just knowing that a solution exists, number crunching be damned. In applications, an approximation that is good enough and involves the simplest computations are preferred, because at the end of the day, someone else has something useful to do with those numbers.

60,870Senior Member