Recommend me your favorite physics/astronomy books

Recommend me your favorite physics/astronomy books - so I don’t waste the gift cards I got for Christmas.


I just finished The Lightness of Being by Frank Wilczek. It’s a pretty great read about the Standard Model (or what he calls The Grid), his contributions to it, explaining Quantum Colordynamics, how they hope to further tie together gravity with the quantum world (unification), and the LHC.

He’s an interesting guy with a Nobel Prize under his belt. His book was very enlightening on current quantum thinking.

Death from the Skies by Phil Plait (the Bad Astronomer).

The Five Ages of the Universe by Adams and Laughlin.

Alice in Quantumland by Robert Gilmore.

Death by Black Hole by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Big Bang by Simon Singh may be worth a look. Just read it recently and quite enjoyed it.

The Pluto Files by Tyson is also an entertaining read.

Two by Roger Penrose:
The Emperor’s New Mind 1990 for casual reading.
The Road to Reality if you are mathematically inclined.

Second on Singh’s Big Bang for a typical fun read for us layfolk.

There are boatloads of cosmology and big bang books. I don’t think I’ve ever picked up a crummy one.