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I am a class 9 student in India. I want to become a physicist. What should I study after class 10? What are my options for colleges and universities? What should I do after my education? What are the fields to do research in post-graduation?

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marked as duplicate by Martin Beckett, Qmechanic Sep 30 '13 at 12:41

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You might do better on Quora with this question, because there are so many Indian users there. – Mitchell Porter Sep 30 '13 at 10:49
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Some links may be helpful:

Specifics about what to learn, how to learn.

VERY IMPORTANT. Protects you from crackpots and in a humorous way. You may want to change your username after reading that, too : )

Quite incomplete, I hope it will be completed soon.


  • Follow the order (For learning) I give in my linked answer, since it prevents you from becoming a crack, and helps you go in the right direction.

  • Learn the math(s). Mathematics is a generalisation of Physics, and Physics is all about finding which is the right special case of Mathematics.

  • Don't get too excited by Popular Science, such as mkaku's books, which may make you a crackpot, too.

  • Don't get misdirected by trolls, either.

  • Don't get into the mathematician's world either, rigorously proving everything obvious. I honestly get very scared by Math Overflow for this very reason.

  • Read TRF

  • Read Ron Maimon's, Lubos Motl's, Mitchell Porter's, Urs Schreiber's, Moshe's, Squarks's and Dilaton's posts on [] /.

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The correct spelling is Gerard 't Hooft (source: I'm Dutch). Also, I think the average content of TRF is way overshooting it for someone who is not even in college. – Danu Sep 30 '13 at 11:36
You're completely right on that second point. – Danu Sep 30 '13 at 11:50
Arguing about the crackpot index in the comments on an answer to a duplicate question is... Silly. Please don't do it. (11 comments deleted) – Shog9 Sep 30 '13 at 13:49
@DImension10: to clarify: don't care, drop it. – Shog9 Sep 30 '13 at 14:12
@LarryHarson You would win a lot of personal satisfaction by picking up one of McMahon's book, paper and pencil and go through it, instead of showing disrespect for them. They are the only thing around that can take somebody who is not a theoretical physicist into some depth of knowledge. There is absolutely nothing but McMahon books to fill the gap between pop science and high-level books like Polchinski or Peskin&Schroeder. You may find more convincing this Lubos review on String Theory Demystified if you want a reputed physicist point of view – Eduardo Guerras Valera Oct 3 '13 at 2:07

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