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I was a sophomore in high school and was assigned a project to do on some area of physics. I chose Special and General Relativity and was quickly absorbed by physics. I tore through Feynman's "Six Not-So-Easy-Pieces" and taught myself calculus so I could understand it. The mathematics of Special Relativity is pretty easy, so by the time I presented my project I could go through all of the major proofs and explain all of the equations (general relativity, of course, proved to be way over my head). For a while I was reading the Feynman lectures for fun. Philosophy has absorbed most of my time of late, but physics proved to be the first intellectual area that I pushed myself in. You?