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I want to read SICM but I know next to nothing about the maths and physics required for it. What should I study to be able to read it?


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Hey OP. I haven't read SICM myself, but check this out: http://8ch.net/prog/res/3034.html


Why don't you start reading it and whenever you encounter something you don't understand, you stop and study that thing until you're able to go back to the book. Do it recursively, if you need to learn multiplication but you don't know addition, learn addition until you can go to multiplication, then learn multiplication and go back to the book.

It's how i study, it's easier to keep myself motivated if there is a clear, explicit use for that knowledge. That's why i never properly learned calculus, i haven't had any use for it in my life yet.



The official prerequisites are listed as
https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-01t-physics-i-fall-2004/index.htm and

https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/mathematics/18-03-differential-equations-spring-2010/ and some programming experience as per


Other people's suggestions


Also see the following video series
Leonard Susskin's video lectures on Classical Mechanics

additional videos are listed


Also Susskin's book is also said to be a valid prerequisite

Whilst I haven't read SICM lately, as far as I know you want to have done high school level algebra and calculus, and then the following subjects at least at undergraduate level.

* Newtonian mechanics
* Multivariable calculus
* Ordinary differential equations
* Basic functional programming, Scheme, SICP
* A developed discipline for reading higher level mathematical material, including new notations and ideas

https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Classical_Mechanics also lists a relevant set of prerequisites.

>>14 's advice is also good advice, provided you have something to keep your recursion depth below a given threshold.


Thank you, I was looking for something like this!


I didn't know this existed until this thread but holy soykaf am I excited


This is spot on. If you haven't haven't done any of those things, go do them now, or you'll be stuck. I speak as somebody who tried to do SICM without doing these things.


excellent post. one for the ages lainon.