I also maintain a fair interest in cars. My favorite brand is Volkswagen although I have huge respect for Toyota as well for their reliable and fun to drive cars. My favorite sports car is the Corvette.
I also like to OD on modern physics and cosmology. Here is a collection of 10 books on modern physics and cosmology where I took care not to repeat any author – i.e., 10 books by 10 different authors:
- Not Even Wrong by Peter Woit
- Now: The Physics of Time by Richard M. Muller
- The First Three Minutes by Steven Weinberg
- Farewell to Reality: How Modern Physics has Betrayed the Search for Scientific Truth by Jim Baggott
- QED: The Strange Theory of Matter and Light by Richard Feynman
- The Inflationary Universe by Alan H. Guth
- Endless Universe by Paul Steinhardt and Neil Turok
- The Black Hole War by Leonard Susskind
- Lost In Math by Sabine Hossenfelder
- A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
If I were to recommend just one book it has to be Farewell to Reality. I think legitimate physics ended somewhere in the 70s. At one point I would get very excited when I read things like “Not only is the universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than what we can think” but now I am more disillusioned and really feel that maybe the universe is much simpler than what current scientists would like us to believe. Why am I obsessed and why do I keep reading these books then? Because they give all the stimulation of taking LSD without any harmful side effects. And perhaps that explains why such theories are postulated in the first place.
PS: I find Enigma to be the perfect soundtrack when studying modern physics