Originally posted by ptobler
Could try reading New Scientist & Scientific American -
They don't help with the fundamentals, great magazines but not for beginners. I know you don't need a lot of science to read them but there are too many subjects talked about, not focused on basic science.
Here is a link for physics, several answers with different books, like the Feynman lectures for freshmen physics and such;
For other sciences, here is a list of what they consider the 100 best science books: