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    I'm scientifically illiterate and want to change that. Could someone please direct me to some books, websites and/or videos that will help me to do this?


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    Could you let us know a little more about your background. Did you study any science at school, for example?

    Also, science is such a huge field, it may help if you focus on on or two areas to begin with. Are there any that appeal to you? Would you be interested enough in doing your study more formally? The Open University in the UK runs some excellent introductory science classes by distance learning. There are also an increasing number of free or low cost online courses offered by conventional universities. I'm confident other members will be able to provide details of these.

    I'll have a think about any books that might be helpful to you and post later.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    The BBC science revision site may be useful as a starting point
    If it's too basic let me know and I'll try and point you to something more suitable.
    The basics are what I'm looking for, so this is great. khanacademy.org also looks good.
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    Could you let us know a little more about your background. Did you study any science at school, for example?

    Also, science is such a huge field, it may help if you focus on on or two areas to begin with. Are there any that appeal to you? Would you be interested enough in doing your study more formally? The Open University in the UK runs some excellent introductory science classes by distance learning. There are also an increasing number of free or low cost online courses offered by conventional universities. I'm confident other members will be able to provide details of these.

    I'll have a think about any books that might be helpful to you and post later.
    Unfortunately my current understanding of science is basically zero. I wasted my school science classes. At the moment I'm in a dead-end job and am trying to find the right College/University course for me. A science course may be what I choose, but first I need to start learning the basics and finding out if it's right thing for me. Thanks for the quick reply.
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    Another thing you can do is just hang out here...and look for threads that are geared toward layman. You can learn alot just reading.
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    The best I can do for you. The complete library.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster View Post
    I'm scientifically illiterate and want to change that. Could someone please direct me to some books, websites and/or videos that will help me to do this?
    What discipline of science ( maths, physics, chemistry, biology,... ) are you interested in ?
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    A life time of information collated and sorted is not something we can tell you. Revue and read. Listen and learn and it must fall on you to pick the subject of choice. I have happened upon astronomy and then still it required that I narrow my interest to a part of the greater science, and that you can never know it all. That you want more information is a great foothold to a balanced overview.
    Do not learn by consumption of data. Instead learn by questions and research. The more you know, the more questions you find.
    Do not be afraid to reach out and ask the questions as they come. I believe that almost all of the contributors here will offer you answers. Wikipedia and Google can be a great starting point and can grant you to greater depth of understanding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus Hanke View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Buster View Post
    I'm scientifically illiterate and want to change that. Could someone please direct me to some books, websites and/or videos that will help me to do this?
    What discipline of science ( maths, physics, chemistry, biology,... ) are you interested in ?
    Biology is what I'd like to focus on right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster View Post
    Biology is what I'd like to focus on right now.
    Ok then, that is not my own area of expertise ( I'm the resident theoretical physics nerd ), but I am sure there are many members here who can contribute a recommendation or two for you.
    And welcome to the forum, btw
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