I am still on the first chapter but loving it so far. The Physical World: An Inspirational Tour of Fundamental Physics by Manton and Mee You can see a preview on amazon. Ignore the 1 star review - "too technical for me". I do not think the person reviewing it was the audience for this book. Yes it is technical (which is why I like it even more). But, everything in the book is derived from the first principles and steps are not skipped. Excellent and easy to follow. This is the book Susskind's books should have been. I wish there were more books like this.