by Bill Bryson.
Nearly finished with this book. Very well written and easy to understand but I still find myself having to take my time with each chapter to maximize retention. Probably due to my fairly limited physical science education. It’s actually quite humorous in some of it’s descriptions of the early scientists - there truly were some odd cats in that bunch.
I’ve been doing a lot of reading about the philosophical and cognitive aspects of thought, reason etc… but felt I needed more understanding of what science has discovered in order to solidify the physically verifiable basis of my worldview. All in all I recommend this book to anyone looking to supplement their knowledge base with a breakdown of the physical universe insofar as science can tell up to this point. It’s a great place to start if you’re looking for a sort of “all in one” book without wanting to get too deep into string theory and higgs boson’s and what have you.