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58 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 20 August 2007 09:13PM

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Comment author: johnlawrenceaspden 27 August 2012 02:22:44PM 4 points [-]

Hmm, the boatload of facts (and the theories behind them) explain a larger boatload of facts that you already know. I found physics and maths very clear and easy and exciting because of this.

Despite my first love in infancy being chemistry, I abandoned it when they wanted me to memorise the colours of the transition metal ions. If they'd told me instead how those colours came about from the quantum theory, and shown me all the pretty colours by actually burning the damned things, instead of turning them into despicable rote work, I might have grown up to be a chemist.