1. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking – A book in which Hawking attempts to explain a range of subjects in cosmology to the non-specialist reader.
2. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson – The history of science through the stories of the people who made the discoveries.
3. The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan – An explanation of the scientific method for laypeople.
4. Cosmos by Carl Sagan – Sagan explores 15 billion years of cosmic evolution and the development of science and civilization
5. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins – A look at evolution from the viewpoint of genes.
6. Six Easy Pieces by Richard Feynman – Six simplified chapters that explain the forces of the universe.
7. The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene – A non-technical assessment of string and superstring theory and some of its shortcomings.
8. Bad Science by Ben Goldacre – A look at how people bend science to fit their agendas.
9. The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins – A look at the flaws of intelligent design and why natural selection is the only reality.
10. Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan – A vision of the human future in space.
11. Physics of the Impossible by Dr. Michio Kaku – Kaku discusses speculative technologies to introduce topics of fundamental physics.
12. A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman – A look at how the different senses work and the varied means by which different cultures have sought to stimulate them.
13. Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter – Learn how concepts in mathematics, symmetry, and intelligence are connected.