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February 23, 2016
From: Reddit AMA
How did you manage to start legitimate research on quantum field theory when you were only 15?
I discovered that one could learn things pretty well by reading books (well, today it would be reading the web). I always found (and still find) it much much easier to learn things when I have a particular question I’m trying to answer, or project I’m trying to do. At that time lots of things were happening in particle physics, and I set myself the goal of answering some questions that had come up … and then learned what I needed to know to do that.