So, its a long post and I feel I've been pushing this thing further and further without considering it properly. Here's the background: I am doing a 5 year B. Tech. + M. Tech. Integrated course in Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering. There's one major issue though. My curriculum doesn't focus much on mathematics and its applications. Now, this wouldn't have been an issue, but the trouble is... In leading up to being selected for the program - the highschool level - , we were trained to do highly intricate problems in Mathematics and Physics and respectable chemistry (Physical, O Chem and Inorganic Chem.) You could say my Heart (and Brain) is still stuck there. Here's the current scenario: Over the last 3.5 years, I've come across numerous concepts in Mathematics and Computer Science from general reading - Neural Networks, Data Mining, Linear Algebra, Genetic Algorithms - and yes, I also did a course in Probability and Differential Equations apart from Calculus. Also been reading Philip Johnson Laird's "The Computer and The Mind - An Introduction to Cognitive Sciences" and I find it very interesting - unlike Biology. Would also want to enhance my skills with Python - i could play around with it. What I plan to do: Pursue my interests and keep a minimal grip on Biotechnology. So, the question is, how do I get going? I am seriously not sure what to do next. I have 1.5 years to go - during which my other commitments are my Masters project, a competition in DNA Nanotechnology and some minor coursework. I'm trying to get my Master's Project in System's Biology. Before I graduate - I would want to pick up on some respectable maths and actually practice it. What I have in mind is reading up on some of the above topics and working on some short projects that require brainstorming - rather than solving entire textbooks. The idea here is to flirt with my interests and do something productive - and exhilarating RATHER THAN follow a textbook with no goal in sight. I'd do that some other day - nothing against it, but time constraints make it unfeasible. So, where do I start? Any websites for picking up on engineering math? Any good textbooks - like Kreyzig for instance which have embedded short modelling projects at the end? It'd be very helpful if some of you who are practicing in one or more related fields could suggest something practical here. I'd want more learning - and learning experiences - rather than plain reading - although if it comes to that, I have no issues. Thanks in advance!