"Build it, and they will come!" As uaafanblog wished recently, and I proposed months ago, let's start a book forum, partly to optimize the exchange of ideas academically, and for the best recommendations for the "science challenged" who sometimes post here.
With them in mind, I have recently, in several threads recommended Dr. Carl Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot." In it, that inveterate popularizer of science for the masses explains the origin of the universe, our solar system, the origin of life and its subsequent development for the non-specialist with simplicity, eloquence and beauty, all of course without any supernatural elements involved. Pure science, with its intrigue and mystique for all to appreciate and understand. Science 101 for the masses!
Let's add other recommendations, specialized and general for their merit and modernity, their timelessness and their cutting edge ideas.