posted on Feb, 8 2007 @ 03:11 AM
One I read many years ago was called "View from a Height" by Isaac Asmiov. Most famous for being a sci-fi writer, he was actually also a full time
chemistry professor, and has (or at least did for awhile) the world's record for having written the most books. The book is quite nontechnical, yet
it has some really interesting subject matter. He's got 4 sections in the book, one for biology, chemistry, physics, and astronomy. My copy of the
book is 224 pages, paperback, so it's not a lengthy read, either. I have no idea if it's still in print, but a library probably has it.
I don't think you need any kind of mathematical understanding for the book, either. I read it when I was probably 15 or 16, and it made sense to me
at the time. A high school education should be enough. It's definitely a good book, and probably NOT one you will ever use as a textbook in a
I hope some other people post some suggestions, too. I consider myself very knowledgable about physics, but I'm a bit weak in some of the other
sciences, like chemistry, where I just have the basics.