I never quite decided if I was going to be a pure mathematician or an applied one. Real scientists have to be applied, or so my husband said. So I guess I must be a fake (or semi-fake) scientist and here's a list of my favorite popular science books--the ones that make real science make sense to people who aren't real scientists.
"You know there's really eleven dimensions now" said a friend one day. I didn't know, but now I've read The Grand Design I at least know where the idea comes from. Some great illustrations (and pictures), and really fascinating ideas. Wave-particle physics plus much much more.
I read this quite a while ago. Just picked it up off my bookshelf again and can't wait to read it again. It's a history of science as well as of time. It's readable, fascinating, really well illustrated, and Hawking has such a fun sense of humor too, so the science never bogs you down.
Okay, so he keeps reminding us he doesn't believe in God. But apart from some occasionally unscientific observations about what he doesn't believe, this has to be one of the best books on evolution--makes it make sense, makes you realize how much you didn't know (if like me, you're not a real scientist), makes you see how beautiful it is.
Well, there's lots of math in science. So I have to include this one. It's the book that told me pi is in the Bible. Not a lot of people know that!
See the full review, "Whoever knew math had so much history".
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