During my recent short vacation, I picked up Bill Bryson's book, A Short History of Nearly Everything. Now, if you lean towards the intellectual side of cerebral existence you will definitely find plenty to take issue with some of Bill's Conclusions! But, if you dwell in the realms of average to slightly above average IQ's like the rest of us, this book is full of insight and discovery. It is a fascinating book.
What makes the book so worth while is that Bill takes subjects that might normally bore one to absolute tears, and puts character into the subject matters making them live and breath. Bill, I wish you where my science teacher! Perhaps, science class might have appealed to me more. But, really; wow!
My favorite chapter was on Einstein, and Einstein's Theory of Relativity. Bill does quite a masterful job explaining Einstein's brilliance in this area, and the reasons for its importance. It's a great read!