Biografies and history of science combined:

  • Lise Meitner: A Life in Physics by Ruth Lewin Sime (University of California Press)
  • The Stangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Quantum Genius by Graham Farmelo (Faber and Faber)
  • Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie by Barbara Goldsmith ) Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • Genius. Richard Feynman and Modern Physics by James Gleick (Little, Brown and Company)
  • The Private Lives of Albert Einstein by Roger Highfield and Paul Carter (Faber and Faber)
  • The Best Short Works of Richad P. Feynman: The Pleasure of Finding Things Out (Penguin Books)
  • "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" Adventures of a Curious Character Ed. Edward Hutchings (Bantam Books)
    • Read this book if you want to laugh! It will make you want to become a physicist...
  • "What Do You Care What Other People Think?" Further Adventures of a Curious Character as told to Ralph Leighton (Unwin Hyman)

General history:
  • The Fontana History of Astronomy and Cosmology by John North (Fontana Press)
  • The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes (Simon & Schuster)
    • NOTE: This book has won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. Fabulous book!
  • Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb by Richard Rhodes (Simon & Schuster)

Easy read and other: