Neil deGrasse Tyson
Book Recommendations

  • One Two Three . . . Infinity

    One Two Three . . . Infinity

    One Two Three . . . Infinity

    George Gamow
    4.2 (3,465)

    Over 120 delightful pen-and-ink illustrations by the author add another dimension of good-natured charm to these wide-ranging explorations. a mind-expanding volume for the layman and the science-minded. "this is a layman's book as readable as a historical novel, but every chapter bears the solid imprint of authoritative research." — san francisco chronicle.

    Neil deGrasse Tyson

    The single most influential book on my budding scientific mind.

    Apr 20, 2020 — Source

  • Gulliver's Travels

    Gulliver's Travels

    Gulliver's Travels

    Jonathan Swift,Robert DeMaria Jr.
    Fiction
    3.58 (249,660)

    Gulliver's travels describes the four voyages of lemuel gulliver, a ship's surgeon. in lilliput he discovers a world in miniature; towering over the people and their city, he is able to view their society from the viewpoint of a god. however, in brobdingnag, a land of giants, tiny gulliver himself comes under observation, exhibited as a curiosity at markets and fairs. in laputa, a flying island, he encounters a society of speculators and projectors who have lost all grip on everyday reality; while they plan and calculate, their country lies

    Neil deGrasse Tyson

    to learn, among other satirical lessons, that most of the time humans are Yahoos

    Dec 18, 2011 — Source

  • An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations

    An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations

    An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations

    Adam Smith,Edwin Cannan
    3.85 (33,638)

    Adam smith's masterpiece, first published in 1776, is the foundation of modern economic thought and remains the single most important account of the rise of, and the principles behind, modern capitalism. written in clear and incisive prose, the wealth of nations articulates the concepts indispensable to an understanding of contemporary society; and robert reich's introduction both clarifies smith's analyses and illuminates his overall relevance to the world in which we live. as reich writes, "smith's mind ranged over issues as fresh and topical today as they were in the late

    Neil deGrasse Tyson

    to learn that capitalism is an economy of greed, a force of nature unto itself

    Dec 18, 2011 — Source

  • Ptolemy's Almagest

    Ptolemy's Almagest

    Ptolemy's Almagest

    G.J. Toomer,Hypatia,Owen Gingerich,Ptolemy,Theon of Alexandria
    Science
    4.01 (592)

    Ptolemy's almagest is one of the most influential scientific works in history. a masterpiece of technical exposition, it was the basic textbook of astronomy for more than a thousand years, and still is the main source for our knowledge of ancient astronomy. this translation, based on the standard greek text of heiberg, makes the work accessible to english readers in an intelligible and reliable form. it contains numerous corrections derived from medieval arabic translations and extensive footnotes that take account of the great progress in understanding the work made in

    Neil deGrasse Tyson

    That title is now the title that we now use for it because that's the form in which it was most remembered. In other words, it was the most widely distributed after it was preserved in Arabic and then re-translated back into Latin and English. Almagest just means the greatest.

    Oct 3, 2019 — Source

  • Bosnia

    Bosnia

    Bosnia

    Noel Malcolm
    Mathematics
    4.08 (594)

    This updated edition of noel malcolm's highly-acclaimed bosnia: a short history provides the reader with the most comprehensive narrative history of bosnia in the english language. malcolm examines the different religious and ethnic inhabitants of bosnia, a land of vast cultural upheaval where the empires of rome, charlemagne, the ottomans, and the austro-hungarians overlapped. clarifying the various myths that have clouded the modern understanding of bosnia's past, malcolm brings to light the true causes of the country's destruction. this expanded edition of bosnia includes a new epilogue by the author

    Neil deGrasse Tyson

    If you're collecting book names, another good book

    Oct 3, 2019 — Source

  • Ptolemy's Almagest

    Ptolemy's Almagest

    Ptolemy's Almagest

    G.J. Toomer,Hypatia,Owen Gingerich,Ptolemy,Theon of Alexandria
    4.01 (592)

    Ptolemy's almagest is one of the most influential scientific works in history. a masterpiece of technical exposition, it was the basic textbook of astronomy for more than a thousand years, and still is the main source for our knowledge of ancient astronomy. this translation, based on the standard greek text of heiberg, makes the work accessible to english readers in an intelligible and reliable form. it contains numerous corrections derived from medieval arabic translations and extensive footnotes that take account of the great progress in understanding the work made in

    Neil deGrasse Tyson

    If you’re going to be wrong, at least be wrong in a way that stimulates further research, which is what that did.

    Oct 3, 2019 — Source

  • The Age of Reason

    The Age of Reason

    The Age of Reason

    Thomas Paine
    4.12 (8,301)

    The age of reason represents the results of years of study and reflection by thomas paine on the place of religion in society.paine wrote: "of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst; every other species of tyranny is limited to the world we live in; but this attempts to stride beyond the grave, and seeks to pursue us into eternity."the cool rationale of paine's the age of reason influenced religious thinking throughout the world; and its pervasieve influence continues to the present day.

    Neil deGrasse Tyson

    To learn how the power of rational thought is the primary source of freedom in the world

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  • The Origin of Species

    The Origin of Species

    The Origin of Species

    Charles Darwin
    Science
    3.98 (109,032)

    Darwin's theory of natural selection issued a profound challenge to orthodox thought and belief: no being or species has been specifically created; all are locked into a pitiless struggle for existence, with extinction looming for those not fitted for the task. yet the origin of species (1859) is also a humane and inspirational vision of ecological interrelatedness, revealing the complex mutual interdependencies between animal and plant life, climate and physical environment, and—by implication—within the human world. written for the general reader, in a style which combines the rigour of science

    Neil deGrasse Tyson

    To learn of our kinship with all other life on Earth

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  • Bad Science

    Bad Science

    Bad Science

    Ben Goldacre
    Science
    4.05 (41,499)

    Full of spleen, this is a hilarious, invigorating and informative journey through the world of bad science. when dr ben goldacre saw someone on daytime tv dipping her feet in an 'aqua detox' footbath, releasing her toxins into the water, turning it brown, he thought he'd try the same at home. 'like some kind of johnny ball cum witchfinder general', using his girlfriend's barbie doll, he gently passed an electrical current through the warm salt water. it turned brown. in his words: 'before my very eyes, the world's first detox

    Neil deGrasse Tyson

    If it influenced you as much as you say then I’m going to check it out.

    Oct 3, 2019 — Source

  • Gödel, Escher, Bach

    Gödel, Escher, Bach

    Gödel, Escher, Bach

    Douglas R Hofstadter
    Philosophy
    4.26 (47,076)

    Douglas hofstadter's book is concerned directly with the nature of “maps” or links between formal systems. however, according to hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. if life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the cell, if consciousness can emerge out of a formal system of firing neurons, then so too will computers attain human intelligence. gödel, escher, bach is a wonderful exploration of fascinating ideas at the heart of cognitive science: meaning, reduction, recursion, and much more.

    Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Good stuff there.

    Jun 4, 2020 — Source