As in the topic, I'm asking for recommendations for a books (supplanted perhaps with other resources) given my uncommon situation. The explanation is a bit lenghty, please bear with me.
Motivation and general aims:
I'm a freshly minted PhD in biology, I focus on protein structure and evolution, and bioinformatics is my main tool, from which Molecular Dynamics simulations is one of my favourite - so You can see where my interest in physics comes from - simulations of systems of rigid bodies, hydrodynamics simulations, force field and model building for MD (and getting parameters for those from quantum chemistry calculations), and so on. I am also fascinated by superfluids. Alas, as great as my undergraduate courses may have been, they have severly lacked math and physics - we only got half a year algebra, half a year of analysis and our physics course was, really... high school level at best.
Having finished my PhD and moving away from destitute country of my birth, I can now afford to try to grow, and that is what I am going to do.
Big Issue 1#
The issue, however, is that I am dyslectic, and strongly. In particular, the tests I've taken as a kid showed a striking disability for memorizing abstract symbols and associating them with their meanings (fun fact: it took me years to memorize for whom the triangle and circle stand for on toilet's doors). One can easily see how that can be a problem for self-learning math (and japanese too, unfortunately) from an average book - I've been trying Abbot's "Understanding Analysis" recently and rebounded like a ball from a wall, even tough I quite liked the conversational style. The problem is compounded by a fact that I am a postdoc and most of my time to learn anything is when I ride a bus to/from facility and read ebooks on my kindle - so I have to make all the transformations in my head.
Big Issue 2#
Let's be honest, my mathematical skills are rusty as hell. It's been 10 years since I've last had a proper math course, even more since I've really systematically cracked problems and thus I noticed that more often than not even tough I understand the idea behind some proof or derivation, I have incredible difficulty following it because author goes from equation x to equation x+1 without explaining HOW, because, well, it should be obvious. This comes with practice, but to practice one needs examples with explanations and exercises of particular problems with answers. (Abbot's book seems to be targeted for mathematicians and has exercises of proof building).
Wrapping it up: I am a biologist specializing in a field close to physics. So I want to learn/do some physics too, but first I need to build up my math. As a kid, i loved math, I had a great intuition for it and I am not scared. As a first year student, I've toyed with complex numbers, matrices, derivatives and integrals, but that was short and was 10 years ago. I need to rebuild my problem solving skills, relearn the facts I had (so how exactly do You make Gauss elimination again?) and I need to do it despite:
my brain obnoxiously refusing to remember abstract symbols (so, figures, schemes and lots of text help, as well as operations as explicit as they can)
having no one to ask for help/advice with every problem i stumble upon (explicit operations again, as well as answers to excersises, examples of solutions, etc.)
I am purposefully not listing the branches of math's I need - please refer to Motivations section where I describe the branches of physics I am interested in and use this as a guide. I think it is clear why I am posting this question here instead of mathematics.se
I will be happy to clarify should a need arise, please ask in the comments!
I would be very grateful for advice!