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Interested in the Universe

  1. Feb 11, 2015 #1
    Hello, this is my first post. I am a 15 year old from India just finishing my 1st year in high school. One of my friends recommended to me the world science U website -


    I watched Max Tegmarks' History of the universe - http://www.worldscienceu.com/courses/master_class/master-class-max-tegmark and got to know about the history of the universe and things like the theory of cosmic Inflation. Now I want to know more but have no idea where to start. As I mentioned I will finish my first year in high school this March so my math is pretty much limited to that. I know a little of trigonometry, some algebra and euclidean geometry.
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  3. Feb 11, 2015 #2


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    Welcome to the forum. On place for some interesting and entertaining lectures on various aspects of physics is here:


    This has the disadvantage of not being at all structured, and very random in the topics covered but it may give you a good place to get information on a number of areas so you can see where you would like to focus further inquiries.
  4. Feb 11, 2015 #3


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    If you can get the book _The First Three Minutes_ by Weinberg, you may find it accessible. It certainly uses the least math possible for the subject.

    If you can find any of Asimov's science books, they are accessible as well. And if you happen to read some of his science fiction along the way, well, you could do worse. Many scientists were originally drawn into science by reading science fiction. But Asimov also wrote many popular explanations of science topics. For example _Universe_ edited by Preiss. Though you may have to go to used books to get copies of many of Asimov's books.

    There are a large number of introductory books on various related subjects. As long as you are at the introductory level with not much math, you will not get past these introductory books. This is not a bad thing at your age. You could look at _Cosmos_ by Sagan. Or you could look at Hawking's _A Brief History of Time_. Lots of fun.
  5. Feb 12, 2015 #4
    Thanks, I'll look at Weinberg and TED. I recently got Hawking's Theory of Everything. So I am planning on reading that. Thanks again for your answers.
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