Books to read to edumacate yourself about science.
This has a decidedly physics lean to it. As I like physics.Reference:The Elegant Universe - Brian Greene
A wonderful way of explaining string theory, which is totally vogue these days.Six Not-So-Easy Pieces - Richard Feynman
Feynman has to be one of the most accessible brilliant people out there, and he can tell quite a tale. I reccomend everything written by him, but this strikes me as one of the better explanations of Einstein's Relativity and other high physics out there. Worded in a way that anyone from a junior high student to an adult physicist could understand and relate to.The Science of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Michael Hanlon
You thought it was all silliness? Well, think again. Nerds everywhere discuss things from why 42 could be the answer to what the end of the universe would look like.The Physics of Star Trek - Lawrence M. Krauss
Another "science of" but this one is worth it. If only because the foreward is written by Stephen Hawking.A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
Worth trying to read. Is cool. Well known too.Fiction:Contact - Carl Sagan
Yes, there's a movie about this, but the book has so much more to it. Has tangents that go into how simple cryptography, astronomy, and how radio telescopes work. Also has a running commentary hidden in the characters on a number of social topics including sexism, nationalism, and basic human relations. Gorgeous work.Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson
Long book, but it needs to be. Sort of the must have book to understand in depth cryptography and computers. Dodges between WWII and modern times. Interesting characters and an interesting plotline, much in Stephenson's usual style, which is highly detailed. So detailed it's almost not fiction.The Diamond Age (Or a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer) - Neal Stephenson
Alright, so this is another Stephenson book, but I reccomend it if you can't get through Cryptonomicon
. Also of note is the fact I'm not reccomending Snow Crash
which is the cyber punk handbook, really. I like this one because it gets into ethics and nanotechnology. Fascinatingly futuristic and yet Victorian, you'll easily get ingrossed in this. Flatland - Edwin A. Abbott
Reflective on the time period it was written, this is a book explaining geometry and helps a person wrap their mind around the idea of dimensions. Very tongue-in-cheek. Sphereland - Dionys Burger and Cornelie J. Rheinboldt
The "sequel" to Flatland
which is updated for modern times and theories. Oftentimes you can get it in an edition along with Flatland
.If you have any to add, it is much appreciated.