Eight Free eBooks Neil deGrasse Tyson Thinks You Should Read
Noted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was asked a few years ago: “Which books should be read by every single intelligent person on the planet?” His list and his answer were both pretty good:
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.
We posted an article about this a while back, but to celebrate Tyson’s 55th birthday on Friday, GalleyCat reposted the list with links to free versions of the books in epub, Kindle and text formats. Here they are for your delectation.
Neil deGrasse Tyson's Book List for Every Intelligent Person on the Planet
The System of the World by Isaac Newton
On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
Gulliver’s Travels by 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 Niccolò Machiavelli
On a related topic, I don’t know if he went to the movies for his birthday, but Tyson saw the new blockbuster Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney over the weekend and obviously couldn’t suspend disbelief long enough to enjoy it — because they got the physics wrong. Tyson went home and started tweeting about “all the scientific inaccuracies he spotted in the film”. My favorite was: "Mysteries of #Gravity: Why Bullock, a medical Doctor, is servicing the Hubble Space Telescope." Okay, he's got a point and he didn’t like it — but is he ruining it for everyone else?!?
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