I have two separate in-depth interests in two academic fields. One of them in pure math (PhD in probability, also interested in complex analysis and differential geometry). The other one is in software/computer science systems (privacy, distributed systems, this is where my current day-job is). I do not want to spend my life having to give up one of them because I find both very interesting. But apparently Morera once said that having very in-depth knowledge about a narrow field is better than superficial knowledge in several fields. Is his advice correct? Is it possible to make contributions in both areas? I am currently 34 and in between early-career mid-career stage.


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