Hello everybody. I'm new to this forum and I'm a lay person as far as physics goes, so forgive me if i come across as naive. I'm 28 and haven't studied physics formally (except the mandatory GCSE Science at high school.) A recent conversation with a physics professor, a weekend spent reading 'Cosmos' by Carl Sagan and an interest in the behavior of light have left me feeling curious about the world. I have always put my attention to art & music , both of which I love, but i have seriously neglected a natural curriousity for science. Apart from looking at evening courses for adults, where is a good starting point for indpendent study? Can the subject be stripped down to several rudimentary starting points?