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**Summarized: Which mathematical fields should you focus on if your goal is to gain a better understanding of relativity and related subjects?**

(My apologies if there are already other threads asking this question, but 'math' and 'relativity' aren't really useful search terms on this forum.)

Hi everyone,

I've been interested in relativity and related fields like quantum physics for quite some time, but lately I've been running into a problem: I've reached the limit of how much you can understand with only a high school background in mathematics. There's only so much popscience can explain to you on these subjects.

Since I'm 31, I simply don't have time to focus on learning all-round math full time. So I was wondering which mathematical fields would be most useful to focus on if my goal is understanding physics like relativity. My math skills themselves are at high school level, but I do have a university level background that includes formal logic, so I'm confident I will be able to advance my understanding as long as I'm able to narrow my studies down to just a few fields. What approach would be best for someone with only a limited amount of time?

Thank you in advance.