Physics, chemistry, astronomy, biology, evolution, geology…whatever major science (and of course some minor ones) that you could imagine are covered in Bryson’s book: A Short History Of Nearly Everything. The book covers both the history and evolution of the universe leading up to us, and a dense history of modern science. A great thing about this book is that it answers the basic question many of us have when confronted with some sort of scientific knowledge about the world, “how the hell do they know that?” It also answers questions that you didn’t even know you were asking. Through wit, Bryson is capable of teaching things you would never have known were interesting.
The book is fairly lengthy (the print I have is over 400 pages long, before the bibliography), and can at times drag, depending on your interests. It took me a few months to actually finish it while reading periodically, but the length is well worth driving through. It reads like several books because of the breadth of its topics, and you can certainly tell that Bryson put a lot of work into his research, citing interviews with experts and other–certainly much drier–books. Bryson does an excellent job at simplifying things while also not doubting the intelligence of the reader.
I would recommend this book for not just science enthusiasts, but for anybody, because it might send them on a path to discover, or simply change the way they look at the world around you. We could certainly use the scientific literacy.