Eight Books Everyone Should Read, According To Neil deGrasse Tyson
Fact: I once walked past astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson on the street and wanted really badly to talk to him but I was too nervous. I react to astrophysicists like 13-year-old girls react to Justin Bieber. If you ever need proof that I am a huge nerd, there it is.
Tyson is the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space, and a Research Associate in the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. He's also a Reddit user, and recently someone asked him, "Which books should be read by every single intelligent person on planet?"
He listed the following books with this note: "If you read all of the works above, you will have profound insight into most of what has driven the history of the western world."
The books are:
- The Bible
- The System of the World by Sir Isaac Newton
- On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
- Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift
- The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine
- The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
- The Art of War by Sun Tsu
- The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
So, LitReactors, what do you think of Tyson's list? And what would you add to this?
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