I'm currently reading Brian Greene's The Fabric Of The Cosmos
and I find it amazing. It's about space, time, cosmology (the study of the history of the cosmos)
and now I'm finally getting to the part about string theory, which is like the beginning of the book's end.
Even though it's a book for beginners, this stuff can still get dense. Definitely not material I can just read for relaxation before going to bed. Instead, I have to focus hard and I even find myself underlining sections. I know that is geeky but hey, I want to comprehend the material, not just read it. By underlining stuff, I can go back when I forget details about a theory and easily find the important parts.
When I started this, I actually told myself I would read it like I would any other book. I wanted to get it done, have a vague idea of what's going on in the universe and then continue reading fiction. I should have known that wasn't likely. I can't help it, I want to retain this information. So here I am, reading it like a student who has an exam the next day, then watching youtube videos and such so I can better understand the concepts.
The funny thing is, even if I understand a good amount of the material, I'll still be nothing more than a beginner, but at least I'll have an ok idea of how the universe works. That's all I want, I'm not going for the Nobel prize.