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I know how much people love textbooks and shun anything that isn't completely dry and rigorous, but sometimes I like to read books that will give me a general appreciation of physics and the world around me instead of derivations of equations. So, can anyone list some "must reads" - old or new - that are like this?? Suggestions made in this thread:

- QED - Richard Feynman

- Selfish Gene - Richard Dawkins

- Big Bang : The Origin of the Universe – Simon Singh

- The Elegant Universe - Brian Greene

- A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking

- Time, Space and Things - Ridley

- General Relativity from A to B - Geroch

- Thirty Years that Shook Physics: The Story of Quantum Theory - Gamow,

- Gravity - Gamow

- One, Two, Three... Infinity - Gamow

- Biography of Physics - Gamow

- Journey into Gravity and Spacetime - Wheeler

- The Cosmic Frontiers of General Relativity - Kaufmann

- It's About Time - N. David Mermin

- Geometry, Relativity and the Fourth Dimension - Rucker

- Space, Time, and Gravity: The Theory of the Big Bang and Black Holes - Wald

- Basic Concepts of Physics - Chalmers Sherwin

- Primer of Quantum Mechanics - Chester

- Lagrangian Interaction: An Introduction to Relativistic Symmetry in Electrodynamics and Gravitation - Doughty

- A Guide to Feynman Diagrams in the Many-Body Problem - Mattuck

- Diagrammatica - Veltman

- Subtle Is the Lord - Pais

- The Road to Reality - Penrose

- Gravitational Curvature - Frankel

- The Forces of Nature - Davies

edit: Updated with a list of suggestions in this thread (bold if they got more than one recommendation)

**- FLOP - Richard Feynman**- QED - Richard Feynman

- Selfish Gene - Richard Dawkins

- Big Bang : The Origin of the Universe – Simon Singh

- The Elegant Universe - Brian Greene

- A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking

- Time, Space and Things - Ridley

- General Relativity from A to B - Geroch

- Thirty Years that Shook Physics: The Story of Quantum Theory - Gamow,

- Gravity - Gamow

- One, Two, Three... Infinity - Gamow

**- Mr Tompkins - Gamow**- Biography of Physics - Gamow

- Journey into Gravity and Spacetime - Wheeler

- The Cosmic Frontiers of General Relativity - Kaufmann

- It's About Time - N. David Mermin

- Geometry, Relativity and the Fourth Dimension - Rucker

- Space, Time, and Gravity: The Theory of the Big Bang and Black Holes - Wald

- Basic Concepts of Physics - Chalmers Sherwin

- Primer of Quantum Mechanics - Chester

- Lagrangian Interaction: An Introduction to Relativistic Symmetry in Electrodynamics and Gravitation - Doughty

- A Guide to Feynman Diagrams in the Many-Body Problem - Mattuck

- Diagrammatica - Veltman

- Subtle Is the Lord - Pais

- The Road to Reality - Penrose

- Gravitational Curvature - Frankel

**- Fermat's Last Theorem - Simon Singh**- The Forces of Nature - Davies

edit: Updated with a list of suggestions in this thread (bold if they got more than one recommendation)

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