I've had the chance to read a fair number of popular physics books. Here are a collection that I recommend for those interested in learning more physics on their own.


Bodanis, David

E=mc2 : A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation


Bryson, Bill

A Short History of Nearly Everything


Cox, Brian and Jeff Forshaw

The Quantum Universe: (And Why Anything That Can Happen, Does)


Carroll, Sean (blog)

From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time


Feynman, Richard

The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman


Ford, Kenneth

The Quantum World: Quantum Physics for Everyone


Greene, Brian

The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory


The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time and the Texture of Reality


Hawking, Stephen

A Brief History of Time


The Universe in a Nutshell


The Grand Design (with Leonard Mlodinow)


Mlodinow, Leonard

The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos


Novella, Steven, with Bob Novella, Cara Santa Maria, Jay Novella, and Evan Bernstein

The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe: How to Know What's Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake

This is not a physics book but rather an enlightening critique of pseudo-science and sloppy thinking.


Rovelli, Carlo

Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity


The Order of Time


Thorne, Kip

Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy


The Science of Interstellar