Hi there, just registered and desperate to learn physics/mathematics!

  • Thread starter The Void
  • Start date
  • #1
The Void

Main Question or Discussion Point

Hey people! My names Josh and have always had an interest in the natural world, physics, and most especially, astronomy and all its related fields. Unfortunately, it stopped there and remained simply as an interest, mere dabblings in fields of knowledge that I really had no comprehension of above the most basic level (preferring to be an ignorant child playing on his xbox all day, neglecting his studies). However recently, over the past couple of years, and with the discovery of Mr Carl Sagan, I have developed an overwhelming hankering for knowledge and understanding on these subjects, but I don't have the foggiest idea of where to start? How to go about learning them? What books to read? Websites? Any help and/or guidance would be greatly, greatly appreciated, though I understand how tiresome these sort of threads must be so I'm really sorry :/

Thanks,
Josh
 

Answers and Replies

  • #2
744
2
So, how much (or little) physics do you know? How much math do you know?

It may be best to start with a conceptual book, such as this

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0321568095/?tag=pfamazon01-20

You don't need the newest edition, you can find one on amazon that is a little older and more cheap. Just start there, and that should keep you busy for a while.
 
  • #4
arildno
Science Advisor
Homework Helper
Gold Member
Dearly Missed
9,970
132
Hi, Josh!
You also need to tell us what your favourite fish is!
:smile:
 
  • #5
662
307
Ah yes, fish yes. What's your favourite fish?
 
  • #6
The Void
Hey, sorry for only just messaging back, been kinda busy.

So, how much (or little) physics do you know? How much math do you know?
So little its laughable compared to probably everyone here :/, but I'm absolutely desperate to learn and willing to put the effort in, as I've already mentioned.

Try this:
Theoratical minimum: What you need to know to start doing physics
https://www.amazon.com/dp/046502811X/?tag=pfamazon01-20
Right, I've just bought this book and it does look comprehensible compared to everything else I've been reading. However, are there any other sources on the Internet I could go to for additional assistance? Also, when learning these sorts of subjects what is the best way to memorise (and, more importantly, understand) the information and all the various theory's and hypotheses? I know that might seem a frivolous question, but I'd just like to know input by people who are knowledgeable on it and have went through this learning process.


Hi, Josh!
You also need to tell us what your favourite fish is!
:smile:
My favourite fish? Errm, Great white shark? But if you're talking more ray-finned fishes then I'd probably say the lionfish.
 
  • #7
dlgoff
Science Advisor
Gold Member
3,814
1,740
Hey, sorry for only just messaging back, been kinda busy. ...

My favourite fish? Errm, Great white shark? But if you're talking more ray-finned fishes then I'd probably say the lionfish.
I'll do the honor.

http://files.myopera.com/Chyren/files/fishSlap1a.gif [Broken]

You are now officially initiated as a PF member. Congratulations. :biggrin:
 
Last edited by a moderator:
  • #8
lisab
Staff Emeritus
Science Advisor
Gold Member
1,887
616
Welcome, Void!

Please don't feel embarrassed about how little you know. Everyone here: 1) is hoping to be at your level some day, 2) is exactly at your level, or 3) has been at your level.

So, you're at home :smile:.
 
  • #9
Chronos
Science Advisor
Gold Member
11,408
738
Astronomy is a vast field of knowledge, it will lead you to astrophysics [an even vaster field of knowledge], and then to cosmology [which looks very much like black magic]. I like NASA's Imagine the Universe site: http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/ask_astro/ask_an_astronomer.html. as an introduction. It will keep you amused for quite awhile and assist in exploring topics you find interesting. Seriously, no one can master all of this information, its too vast.
 
  • #10
nomadreid
Gold Member
1,430
141
Try this: start with a very general topic. Say, mathematics, or astronomy, or physics... then go to the Wikipedia page on that topic. Read until you see something in blue (a link) that looks interesting, and click. Read until you see something in blue that looks interesting, and click. And so forth. If you get to an article that is either uninteresting or over your head, then go back one step.
 

Related Threads on Hi there, just registered and desperate to learn physics/mathematics!

  • Last Post
2
Replies
45
Views
5K
  • Last Post
Replies
15
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
3
Views
1K
  • Last Post
Replies
10
Views
3K
  • Last Post
Replies
16
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
5
Views
959
Replies
26
Views
798
  • Last Post
Replies
4
Views
4K
Replies
12
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
9
Views
8K
Top