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  1. #1 I want to learn about the universe. 
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    I've lived most of my life without any real interest in anything, but this is all changing very fast. I'd like to learn about astronomy, physics, quantum physics, and the like. I assume the best way to learn about it is through college, but i don't really have any interest in getting a job outside of skydiving and i don't have a lot of money to spend. I just really want to learn and keep on learning.

    So what would be the best ways to learn? I never really payed attention in school so i dont really have a good base to start with, so i have to start from scratch. I like reading this forum, and all the posts but i don't have a good understanding of what i'm reading most of the time.

    What are some good books to start with the most basic of principles and works into the more complex theories and equations? I assume that i must know a good amount in every subject to fully understand the universe. Physics, quantum physics, the math subjects (algebra, geometry, calculus, and the like) so i can better understand the equations. When i was in school i never quite made the connection between math and science, i never thought the 2 were connected in any way. Websites, books, anything i can use to learn on my own.

    In the years to come, i have thought about going to college to learn about this. But not any known colleges. I was thinking about going to community colleges, but with that i would assume the quality of the teaching would be of a lower standard and if it would be even worth it. Since i see some of the people who post here talk about their "students" i assume they know of schools with good programs for what i seek. So my question is, what are some colleges with good science/math programs that are cheap? I don't think location would be much of a problem, since i see myself doing a lot of travelling in my future.

    Sorry for the novel, and i look forward to your replies.


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    Homework Helpers Chemistry by Greg Curran is a good place to start with chem
    also Natures Building Blocks by John Emsley tells you everything you could ever want to know about an element, its more of a reference book though, not something you would read cover to cover
    A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson is an amazing book and it really covers the basics of nearly everything


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    you can check if your friends or family know any teachers personally who can tell you the things. Nobody should deny if you really want to learn.
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    Thank you, this book (short history on everything) looks exactly like what i'm looking for.

    Any other books, websites, and advice from anyone would be appreciated also. Thank you
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    Check your local newspapers classified, you should be able to find plenty of local tutors that will teach you math, physics and so on, on a one-on-one basis. This affords a cost, of course, but is usually well worth the money spent.
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    Keep an active interest in forums like this (there are quite a few) and don't be afraid to ask questions, or ask for explanations of anything you don't understand or don't think is right (since people like myself sometimes stray off of conventional science). In the sixties, astronomy was nearly dead but now there seems to be new discoveries every single day. It is a good field to study.
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