Yes, this is going to be one of those awful feelsy threads. I am a first year Physics student. Even at this primordial stage in my scientific career I am feeling an increasing isolation with every step I take towards greater knowledge. There is already so much that I can't share with my friends and family because they lack the prerequisite understanding. Of course one should expect this and I am used to having to explain things to people, but the rate at which the gulf appears to be expanding is alarming; I feel like in five years time I wont be able to communicate with or relate to all but a tiny fraction of the population! So I am looking for some advice from more experienced, scientifically educated people. How do you avoid becoming completely isolated in the little bubble of your field of study? How can I find people who really enjoy maths and physics (here is probably a good place to start!) and want to talk about it outside of class and share those moments of clarity with: you know those times when you discover something by yourself [regardless of whether it's already known by many] or something suddenly clicks into place and it feels amazing and you want to tell the world? Although I get on fairly well with my classmates, I get the impression that a lot of them are just taking physics to please their parents or they just aren't interested in it outside of the classroom. I haven't worked out how to approach the task of weaning out the closet boffins. I do weird things like inventing number systems based on prime numbers and constructed numerals. I have tried sharing these in the past but couldn't find anyone else who thought they were interesting. So I guess what all this waffle comes down to is: how do I make friends with super-weird-boffin-nerdy-people?