A short history of nearly everthing by Bill Bryson. This book is Bryson's quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilisation - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. Shelved at 500 BRY
Another BIll Bryson gem - A Short History of Nearly Everything. It's pretty much the history of science, which makes it one of the geekiest books ever, and yet, because it was written by Bill Bryson, it's fun and awesome.