Good morning all, Anyone who is a physicist please respond to the following question: How would one go about gaining the knowledge of someone who has doctorate in physics without actually going to college (I'll explain why in a bit). My question is mainly targeted at what subjects I need to know both in mathematics and in the sciences, but any book suggestions I would appreciate (any degree of difficulty would be welcome). I know that labs are a big thing, but the exact field I want to get into is theoretical physics, so unless my first assumption is incorrect I could get by without labs. My prior experience in schooling has been very negative. The only school that I can get into does not have the proper courses (not to mention I would have to pay a HUGE bill prior before I can attend). Adding up the fact I would have to go through this school, pay off what I owe, and then go to a school that would be appropriate, I would be about 35 before I finished... Oh yes, by the way I am 20 years as of now case anyone is wondering. As of now I believe I have the necessary ability and resources to train myself. I excel at self study, have plenty of extra time (I do mean plenty, unfortunately), I have had an unbreakable enjoyment with mathematics and the sciences, also I have the right materials (I have access to any book and the internet). I realize the importance of mathematics to my study and therefore I shall begin with that, I plan to take the next year or two to gain a understanding of what I need. I would assume at very least calculus, linear algebra, topology (for string theory, I am told?). For what else I don't know, please tell me what you had to learn here. For actual subjects within the physics hierarchy I'll start with Newtonian, but after that I don't know the order... I know quantum mechanics, relativity, and string theory are thrown in there somewhere, So any idea on specifically what I would need to learn please let me know. Also I won't change my mind about studying on my own, but if you really want you can call me insane/uneducated/ or whatever I don't mind :yuck: But what would be nicer would be some advice. Also I apologize for the my writing, it's very early and I haven't yet been able to get to bed. Thanks for any info you can share.