Well, maybe not rocket science, but if there's one book covering the fundamentals of controlling light that I would recommend, that would be "Light, Science & Magic"."Forget the books unless it is your ambition to work in a mall kiosk. Train your eyes to see light the way the camera does... in a compressed dynamic range"
Or the Cliff Notes version: "It's light, not rocket science"
The 3rd edition is just about the best lighting primer that I've ever come across. It's available in most book stores. Well worth spending some time with.