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2016-01-25 03:17:22 Post No. 7808643
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I've never really browsed /sci/ before, but I thought I'd ask a question here. I'm a humanities-inclined person who much prefers art, literature, history, etc. to STEM, but my grandma got me pic related for Christmas because she knew I liked the Yale Courses series, though the ones I liked were usually for literature. She remembered that I had recently displayed an interest, though a very superficial one, in physics and relativity, so she decided to get me this book. I have no plans to go into any science-type career, but something about me wants to go through this book just as a sort of a personal project, as a way of challenging myself. (There's far more math than there was in this online class on relativity that I had taken for fun a while ago. I'm realizing that it was pretty dumbed-down.)
Would you say there's "something to be gotten out of" doing science and math on a personal level, even if one has no desire to apply it to their career? What do you get out of science and math, whatever particular fields you may like? (Would you personally still want to learn about science/math if it wasn't just career-related?I just feel like trying a new subject for a change, though wondering whether or not it'll be a waste of time.
Also, is there another book on physics/relativity that you recommend? And what are some good ways of learning the math that physics requires? (This book goes way past the math that I learned in high school.)