Dear Science Nerds of TypoC,
I am scientifically ignorant. I know, I know, I can feel your judgemental gazes burning through me, like a NeHe laser (Not sure if that kind of laser can do that, I just heard of it 15 minutes ago). Don't get me wrong, I get the gist of a lot of important stuff, but if you made me write a high school science exam I would fail spectacularly (I never did very well when I was actually in high school either). Most of my scientific knowledge comes from half-remembered episodes of "The Magic School Bus".
I've recently taken it upon myself (This past week or so) to learn this stuff, but I'm basically starting from the ground up on every subject. I've arbitrarily begun with chemistry, and have been reading Theodore Gray's "The Elements", I started Sam Kean's "The Disappearing Spoon" and I am familiarizing myself with the periodic table. Also a couple girls I work with took some chem classes in Uni, so I ask them questions, but they don't remember much.
I'm finding it hard to know where to start, and I'm not sure if I'm doing it "right" (learning things in the proper order), so I've also started poring over science reference books like "100 Important Scientists" and other basic shit like that. I figure The Khan Academy might be a good resource as well.
Have you ever tried to independently learn this stuff?
What should I read/watch/listen to?
Any good websites you can recommend?
Where should I start? What are the key/basic concepts I should try to learn?
How much math do I need to know (I have a vague memory of 11th grade math)?
Any other advice or shared personal experiences would be welcome.