http://www.pssc.ttu.edu/techhort/lasrvy/l_h.htm My learning style seams to be more holistic than linear, but it appears to me that physics and especially mathematics texts are written in a way that is best suited for linear learners. They very often give little or no context or motivation as they move along. I can work through these texts, and even do the practice problems, but very little will stick. I will forget most of it almost as fast as I process it, as if my brain has deemed it unimportant, or likely to be, and just throws it away, trying to save space for stuff worth thinking about. On the other hand, when I have the motivation to learn something, I seam to be able to learn at a much accelerated rate, and end up retaining what I learn. I'm looking for some mathematics texts which tell stories, give some history, motivation, a bigger picture, some intuition, and some context. They should spark my curiosity, excite me, and cause me to ponder before they expect me to dive in, learn the details, and do practice problems. I would like to read such texts to get some inspiration, intuition and vision, and then go back to fill in the blanks and learn the details as I need them. In the long run, I want to have a knowledge set and understanding that enables me to read graduate level texts or research papers from select topics in physics and mathematics. Anyone have any suggestions? Anyone have any insight on the issues that holistic learners face when learning mathematics, and how they can overcome them?