Vijay Shankar’s Answer
If you want to whet your curiosity, minute physics is not a bad place to start -https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHW94eEFW7hkUMVaZz4eDg
There is obviously a lot of prior work in the field of physics that you need to understand to be able to contribute to the field as a researcher, but your curiosity should drive you.
Depending on where you are in your education, I would start by reading the Feynman lectures on Physics (this will give you a good base of the various sub-fields of Physics). The whole book is available for free online - http://www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/
Follow your interests from thereon. Gerald T'hooft has a great website on how to become a good theoretical physicist which recommends books and online courses for every area of Physics - http://www.goodtheorist.science/
Physics is a very beautiful subject, and I hope you have a lot of fun learning it. It can also be a hard subject to master, so don't get discouraged if you don't understand things the first time. All the best!
Vijay Shankar recommends the following next steps:
- Watch a few minute physics videos on Youtube
- Read the Feynman lectures (and solve the exercise problems)
- Proceed to areas of interest and check resources from T'hooft's website