The Universe in Your Hand: A Journey Through Space, Time, and Beyond by Christophe Galfard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a very nice background on the current state of physics for people with no background in it. As of right now this is probably the one I'd recommend to people who want to learn about how insane reality is.
For those of you who have a pre-existing interest in physics and have done a little reading on it, this is a nice slow review but it only gets to string theory at the very end of the book. Most of the book is spent providing a solid background for the understanding of string theory.
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