What are some great books about key science topics for a general audience?
I’m not looking for a “for Dummies” book, and I have some science education, but I want some books that aren’t designed entirely as textbooks, that give sufficient quality and detail without getting bogged down in trying to replicate a college education all in one book. The books should cover the general state of current science in the field, and should include contradictory ideas only if they are noted as such, have some reasonable evidence from the published literature, or the basic evidence is lacking. That means don’t bother listing any anti-evolutions, intelligent design, or other religious/spiritual/new age books that only claim to be about science. pecifically I’m interested in books on some of the really big topics of science:
The nature of time.
How astronomy informs and is informed by all of the above.
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