I want to learn math and science from the ground up as my foundations are very weak. Most people I asked recommended that I try to get my hands on Russian textbooks as they are the 'best of the best'. Hearing this got me interested! I have six questions: 1. Are the Russian math and science textbooks really the 'best of the best'? 2. Why are these Russian textbooks so good? 3. I want to learn K - 12 math/science and first year college math/science from the ground up, are there translations of Russian textbooks based on what I'm looking for? 4. I will require textbooks that are comprehensive, precise, proof-based and to the point. Do most Russian textbooks do this? 5. If I go to college having done math and science only from Russian textbooks, will I be disadvantaged in any way? It seems that most Russian textbooks aren't very detailed! 6. Finally, could I please get some K - 12 math/science and first year college math/science textbook recommendations to help me learn math and science from the ground up? Thank you!