A correspondent points out to me that the latest issue of American Scientist has a wonderful review of Roger Penrose’s new book The Road to Reality by computer scientist, author, artist, etc. Jaron Lanier, much better than my own effort along these lines. Despite not being a theoretical physicist, Lanier does a great job of recognizing and explaining what is great about Penrose’s book. He also is dead-on about string theory (“mob mentality”, “pompous triumphalism”).
The same issue of American Scientist also has a very good review by Lee Smolin of Gravity’s Shadow: The Search For Gravitational Waves by Harry Collins. It also contains a nowhere near as good review by yours truly of Sneaking a Look at God’s Cards, a book about interpretational issues in quantum mechanics by Giancarlo Ghirardi.