I've decided to nerd out by working through the Feynman Lectures. Help me turn that desire into a workable plan.
The background: For a while now I've been thinking about the idea of grabbing a copy of the Feynman Lectures and working through them; watching excessive amounts of The Big Bang Theory and some recent chance encounters with math (like this
question) have me really missing math and rigorous mathematical problem-solving. My first instinct was to just pick up a copy and a Calc book and get cracking; upon googling around a bit, my understanding is that the Lectures, while Really Cool, are best treated not as a core textbook but as a supplement.
Who I am: A few years out of college. I write and debug code and do related tasks all day, all of it very logical but very little of it rigorously mathematical
. In my Freshman year of college I had two semesters of Calc, did reasonably well in it, and enjoyed it, but haven't touched it since graduating; I also had a single-semester non-Calc-based
Physics course that I liked a lot, but didn't find particularly challenging. Oh, and a semester of somewhat serious Statistics; at least, it was serious enough to be part of my Math co-requisite for my Comp Sci major alongside the Calc.
What I need: Other than any general advice, I'm looking for specific suggestions on Physics texts to grab as a core to work off of alongside the Lectures; I also definitely
need resources to relearn my Calc as I go. Free is ideal, but I'm perfectly willing to pick up a used textbook if it's a good one.
Basically, I want to have fun and get back to mathematical thinking and problem-solving, via Physics, which is A) a topic I've always sort of wanted to know more about and B) a lens that, in that past, has made a lot of math much easier to grasp by providing a grounding for what would otherwise be totally abstract problems. Also, frankly, I really want to be able to say "Yes, I'm working through the Feynman Lectures" and mean it
. I recognize that I'll definitely hit a wall at some point, but I want to see how far I can go.