Eight Free eBooks Neil deGrasse Tyson Thinks You Should Read

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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 Bible

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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Dean Fetzer is originally from a small town in eastern Colorado, but has lived in London, England, for the past 21 years. After a career in graphic design, he started a pub review website in the late 90’s; He left that in 2011 to concentrate on his thriller writing, as well as offering publishing services for authors, poets and artists. When not writing - or in the pub - he can be found in the theatre, live music venues and travelling.

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Joshua Chaplinsky's picture
Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine October 7, 2013 - 9:16am

Nice! I think I'll check out this "Bible" book everyone's been talking about. I've heard good things.

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Ryan Hartman from Philadelphia is reading The Neverending Story by Michael Ende October 7, 2013 - 9:59am

Bible spoilers: Snape kills Dumbledor

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Tom1960 from Athens, Georgia is reading Blindness by Jose Saramago October 7, 2013 - 11:31am

Bible spoiler: The Jews have a rough time of it, God's kid dies, and a whacko on an island has a bad trip.

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine October 7, 2013 - 11:38am

So, kind of like Lost?

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Tom1960 from Athens, Georgia is reading Blindness by Jose Saramago October 7, 2013 - 1:02pm

Except fot the Jews and the dead kid, yeah, kinda like Lost.

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Emma C from Los Angeles is reading Black Spire by Delilah Dawson October 8, 2013 - 9:41am

The article about his "Twitter rant" is bogus and chose to focus solely on comments regarding some of the film's questionable dialogue and scenes (which echo views expressed by film critics, Chris Orr among them), and mistakes education for criticism. It fails to mention Tweets such as these:

@neiltyson: The film #Gravity depicts a scenario of catastrophic satellite destruction that can actually happen.

@neiltyson: Earth's gravity extends to infinity. To experience "zero-G" simply requires you move through space without rockets firing.

@neiltyson: My Tweets hardly ever convey opinion. Mostly perspectives on the world. But if you must know, I enjoyed #Gravity very much.

DeGrasse-Tyson spent the evening discussing the science related to a bit of pop culture in the hopes of enlightening us.

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Dino Parenti from Los Angeles is reading Everything He Gets His Hands On October 8, 2013 - 10:55am

DeGrasse-Tyson spent the evening discussing the science related to a bit of pop culture in the hopes of enlightening us.

Agreed. I don't think he's out to ruin Gravity, nor was he really spoiling any plot points. In any case, the real flaws in Gravity are with the script. Visually, it's a stunner.