“The thing to keep in mind is that all these “basics” were once cutting-edge research. And the people who got to the bottom of these matters were not trivial idiots. They were great masters. The more you look at this material in this way, the more you’ll find you can tolerate it in good humor, and without fearing its deadening effects on your strange, wild mind.”

— Laurens Gunnarsen

#### “Basics”

Pictorial basic topology via physics and engineering examples

Topology for Physicists

Kindergarten Quantum Mechanics

**Mild Spice**

Introduction to Real Analysis(the Lebesgue integral — warning: hilarious)

An Illustrated Handbook of Theoretical Physics: Introduction to Mathematical Structures

All of the Mathematics You Missed (And Need To Know For Graduate School) (not free)

The Algebra II Lectures of the Poetic Kazuya Kato

Rational Points on Elliptic Curves (not free)

An Invitation to Algebraic Geometry (not free)

A great resource for learning Haskell for experienced programmers: Haskell Fast & Hard.

Category Theory & Programming (includes kitten pictures and bad puns)

Functional Programming with Bananas, Lenses, Envelopes and Barbed Wire

When is one thing equal to another thing?

#### Medium spice

A User’s Guide to Spectral Sequences (a nice reference, not great for first time) (not free)

Mosher and Tangora

Informal Introduction to Topos Theory

Algebra: Chapter 0 (I highly recommend doing the exercises, it goes from set theory to basic homological algebra)

(Differential) Geometry Primer

Mathematical Resources of Jinhyun Park

Geometric Langlands Seminar

#### Sundry Topology

Forms of K-theory

Stable homotopy groups of spheres

**The Brain:**

FAQ: Atoms of Neural Computation

Towards a Thermodynamic Theory of Nerve Pulse Propogation (Soliton model in neuroscience)

Physical Principles for Scalable Neural Recording

Comparison and Enumeration of Chemical Graphs

An Updated Account of the Integrated Information Theory of Consciousness

**Robotics:**

Line Segment Detection (Works without parameter tuning!)

Mechanical Engineer’s Handbook

Calculations for Structures Under Mechanical Load