"In the third year of my undergraduate education, I was introduced to 'Solid State Physics,' a book detailing the study of solids and the particles within them. Instead of reading yet another dry textbook, I found myself captivated by the complex dynamics of electrons in solids. The reasons behind the conduction of electricity in metals and the lack thereof in insulators became clear, and were far more complex that what I had naively expected. I found the subject so rich and fascinating that I devoted the next 7 years to studying it. I am currently obtaining my Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics, and I can safely say I would not be doing so had I not read that book so long ago."