Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality by Max Tegmark – This book addresses a lot of the big questions and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
The elegant universe - Brian Greene. Great explanation of extra dimensions and string theory.
The fabric of the cosmos - Brian Greene. This author is great at explaining concepts with the use of metaphor and is much easier to read than Hawking.
The hidden reality - Brian Greene
A universe from nothing – Lawrence Krauss. How a universe comes from empty space and even how space comes from no space.
The fabric of reality – David Deutsch
The beginning of infinity – David Deutsch
In search of the multiverse – John Gribbin
From eternity to here – Sean Carroll (A theory of time)
The end of time – Julian Barbour (A theory of time)
QED - Richard P. Feynman (quantum physics for non-physicists)
The grand design – Stephen Hawking
The blind watch-maker - Richard Dawkins (evolution)
Darwin's dangerous idea - Daniel Dennett (biological, cultural and other types of evolution)
Everything by Richard Dawkins (evolution/science)
Without miracles - Gary Cziko (explains a lot about the human condition with one overarching scientific theory)
Science of consciousness, neuroscience
The brain that changes itself – Norman Doidge (How surprisingly adaptable our brains can be)
The crucible of consciousness – Zoltan Torey (How consciousness could work and how it could have evolved, without evoking souls)
Consciousness explained - Daniel Dennett (How consciousness could work – read the evolution books first)
The Mind’s I – Douglas R. Hofstadter and Daniel C. Dennett (reflections on consciousness and the self)
Freedom evolves – Daniel Dennett (free will explained. yes really!)
Everything by Daniel Dennett (philosophy/science of mind)
The man who mistook his wife for a hat – Oliver Sacks (what we can learn from abnormal brains)
Science vs magical thinking
The demon-haunted world - Carl Sagan (religion/science - a critical thinker's bible)
The end of faith – Sam Harris (the dangers of religion)
The God delusion – Richard Dawkins (title says is all)
Minds and Gods – Todd Tremlin (why the god idea fits our evolved minds)
Think – Simon Blackburn (excellent introduction to philosophy)
The nature of knowledge - Henry Plotkin (philosophy/science of knowledge)
Consilience - Edward O. Wilson (science/philosophy)
Permutation city – Greg Egan. This is mind expanding science
fiction which physicists
and computer scientists and anyone interested in the nature of consciousness should enjoy.
Stop thinking start living – Richard Carlson (if you are gloomy, this is the cure)
Don’t sweat the small stuff – Richard Carlson (how to remain calm in a busy world)
Any of the “Don’t sweat” series by Richard Carlson
Unweaving the rainbow - Richard Dawkins (science and poetry collide - for you literary types)
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