There are many good popular books on physics topics and good biographies coming out these days. Below is the addition to My 2012 List of recent books which I have read. Check out other lists of books:  Goodreads.

Quantum Mechanics

Dance of the Photons - Anton Zellinger - Great read on quantum entanglement
Einstein's Dice and Schrödinger's Cat - Paul Halpern
The Quantum Moment - Crease & Goldhaber

Cosmology

The Cosmic Cocktail - Katherine Freese (Search for dark matter)

Relativity

Black Hole Blues - Janna Levin - Book (April 2016) on the story of gravitational wave detection
The Science of Interstellar - Kip Thorne (The science behind the movie)
A Perfect Theory - Pedro Ferreira (History of General Relativity)
Black Hole - Marcia Bartusiak

Higgs

The Particle at the End of the Universe - Sean Carroll
Knocking on Heaven's Door - Lisa Randall
Present at the Creation: The Story of CERN and the Large Hadron Collider - Amir Aczel

Biography

Traveling to Infinity - Jane Hawking (lead to the movie, Theory of Everything)
Half-Life - Frank Close (Spy mystery)
Robert Oppenheimer - Ray Monk (good discussion of Oppenheimer's science)
Einstein and the Quantum - A Douglas Stone (concentrates on Einstein's contribution to QM)
Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman - James Gleick
Alan Turing: The Enigma - Andrew Hodges (not physics, book behind the movie)
Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius - Marc Seifer
The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan - Robert Kanigel (not physics)
Einstein and the Quantum Theory - article by Pais

Other

A Short Bright Flash - Theresa Levitt (History of Fresnel Lens)
Operation Paperclip - Annie Jacobsen (Program that brought German Scientists to US)
Farewell to Reality - Jim Baggot
Beyond Uncertainty - David Cassidy (Heisenberg)
Our Mathematical Universe - Max Tegmark
First War of Physics - Jim Baggot (History of Atomic Bomb)
Einstein's Cosmos - Michio Kaku
The Character of Physical Law - Feynman
Time Reborn - Lee Smolin
Physics on the Fringe - Margaret Wertheim
How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival - David Kaiser

 

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