|Coming from someone who knows a little more (but still a couple years short of an undergraduate degree in physics)...the main thesis of this book (that the big bang never happened) sounds quite ridiculous.|
However, I agree with you that there are a lot of popular science books out there that are full of shit...The Tao of Physics being one of them. Not only is the physics in it TOTALLY outdated, but Fritjof Capra (the author) is probably the worst mystic-environmentalist-feminist you will ever come across. I have unfortunately read two of his other books (one just recently published...he's still writing), and I've come to the conclusion that he's always full of shit.
Some science books I would recommend: Anything by Michael Shermer. I haven't read any of his books yet, but I enjoy his "Skeptic" column in Scientific American. For books on physics, I would recommend both of Brian Greene's books (_The Elegant Universe_ and _The Fabric of the Cosmos_). Isaac Asimov's three part series _Understanding Physics_ is a classic, a little outdated, and not as entertaining as Brian Greene's stuff, but more thorough.
Another interesting point... In _The Tao of Physics_, Capra emphasizes Niels Bohr's interpretation of quantum reality (Niels Bohr was quite the mystic himself and equated certain aspects of quantum mechanics with zen bhuddism). Just recently, an experiment was done (it still has to be confirmed) that proves Bohr's interpretation is actually wrong. Many physicists (including Einstein himself) have tried to prove Bohr wrong and failed, so it's good to see someone finally making progress on that front.
Just my thoughts...