Another Simon Singh one. "Fermat's Last Theorem". A very good read. Simply explained but really gets you thinking as well.
Really loved this book. Read it in a week sitting out in the sun back when we had summers. Catalysed an interest in science that led to going back to college to get a science degree!
Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter is a must-read for anyone interested in philosophy and/or maths.
I found this far too light on mathematical or scientific content.
I would highly recommend "The Human Mind", by Robert Winston. It's like a short history of human thought on psychology, neuroscience, etc, with loads of interesting examples. I'd also recommend "Human Instinct", by the same author. It covers evolutionary psychology and is a very interesting introduction.
Have just ordered this today - it looks good from the reviews.
Surely your Joking Mr Feynman is a good read.
Also The Whole Shebang: A State-of-the-Universe(s) Report by Timothy Ferris.
yeah i have his book - the periodic table
i never read the fabric of the cosmos myself, but bought it for a boyfriend one time. he wasnt too impressed, wanted fiction instead. i did try to read it, but it does go into alot of detail.
I havnt read it but I love the first title!
I couldn't agree more =]
The Code Book is one of my favourite popular science books. Then probably Dr. Riemann's Zeroes, or Big Bang.
The snappily titled
'Atomic energy for military purposes; the official report on the development of the atomic bomb under the auspices of the United States Government, 1940-1945'
'The Big Bang' by Simon Singh is excellent.
'The Making of the Atomic Bomb' is fascinating, but it's a hefty read
'Fabric of The Cosmos' by Brian Greene
'Cosmos' by Carl Sagan is superb