When I want to sit down with a good book, I don’t choose a romance novel or a good criminal mystery, I go for a book on cosmology and/or physics. One of my favorite authors in this realm is world-renowned physicist, Stephen Hawking. I am currently finishing one of his latest books, The Grand Design. In it, he discusses M-Theory; Einstein’s search for a unified theory of everything, and how strange forces of nature allowed for humans to evolve; the usual good stuff from Professor Hawking.

Next up, and sitting here on my desk, is the latest book from theoretical physicist, Sean Carroll.  It is titled The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning and the Universe Itself.  With such an all-inclusive title, you have to go after this one. Haven’t read anything from him yet, but the reviews are very good. I’m looking forward to it.

If you like this kind of read, I recommend another of my favorite cosmology authors, theoretical physicist Michio Kaku. Probably my favorite of his books is Visions, which offers a fascinating look at how science will revolutionize the 21st century. It deals with the future of life and intelligence, the computer revolution, the biomolecular revolution, and the quantum revolution.  While this book was written 20 years ago, I think you can still find it relevant today. He is a delightful and easy read, even though the subject matter can be a little tough to grasp.

These are only a few of the books that I’ve been reading recently. What are some of the books you’ve come across?