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I'm also impressed by your command of your language at the age of 11, but I strongly disagree that you should study interpretations of quantum mechanics. It doesn't make sense to study the interpretations of the theory until you've studied the actual theory, and you won't be able to do that until you know a lot more math than you probably do know. So I think your main two options should be:

a) Focus on non-mathematical accounts of the theories, i.e. read books like "QED: The strange theory of light and matter" by Richard Feynman and "Black holes and time warps: Einstein's outrageous legacy" by Kip Thorne. (Check out the science books forum for more recommendations).

b) Ignore physics for now and focus on learning math. Try to make it through the high school math books first. I don't know if this will take you months or years, but don't expect it to go really quickly. Then move on to books written for first-year university students. You will have to study introductory texts on calculus and linear algebra. You should also study an introductory text on classical mechanics before you move on to quantum mechanics. (Note that there's a big difference between understanding what a theory says, and being able to calculate what it predicts about results of experiments. I think you should focus on the former until you actually get to the university level, where you will have to pass exams that focus on the latter).

These are not mutually exclusive, so you will probably want to do a little of both. This forum is a great place to ask for help when you get stuck.

a) Focus on non-mathematical accounts of the theories, i.e. read books like "QED: The strange theory of light and matter" by Richard Feynman and "Black holes and time warps: Einstein's outrageous legacy" by Kip Thorne. (Check out the science books forum for more recommendations).

b) Ignore physics for now and focus on learning math. Try to make it through the high school math books first. I don't know if this will take you months or years, but don't expect it to go really quickly. Then move on to books written for first-year university students. You will have to study introductory texts on calculus and linear algebra. You should also study an introductory text on classical mechanics before you move on to quantum mechanics. (Note that there's a big difference between understanding what a theory says, and being able to calculate what it predicts about results of experiments. I think you should focus on the former until you actually get to the university level, where you will have to pass exams that focus on the latter).

These are not mutually exclusive, so you will probably want to do a little of both. This forum is a great place to ask for help when you get stuck.

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