Tim Urban
Book Recommendations

  • Originals

    Originals

    Originals

    Adam Grant
    Business & Economics
    3.94 (45,597)

    In originals the author addresses the challenge of improving the world from the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions. how can we originate new ideas, policies, and practices without risking it all? using surprising studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports, and entertainment, grant explores how to recognize a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, build a coalition of allies, choose the right time to act, and manage fear and doubt; how parents

    Tim Urban

    Just finished Adam M Grant's new book, Originals, and enjoyed the shit out of it. Highly recommend

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  • Elon Musk

    Elon Musk

    Elon Musk

    Ashlee Vance
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.21 (311,880)

    Elon musk, the entrepreneur and innovator behind spacex, tesla, and solarcity, sold one of his internet companies, paypal, for $1.5 billion. ashlee vance captures the full spectacle and arc of the genius's life and work, from his tumultuous upbringing in south africa and flight to the united states to his dramatic technical innovations and entrepreneurial pursuits. vance uses musk's story to explore one of the pressing questions of our age: can the nation of inventors and creators who led the modern world for a century still compete in an age

    Tim Urban

    The World's Raddest Man

    May 7, 2015 — Source

  • Hit Makers

    Hit Makers

    Hit Makers

    Derek Thompson
    Social Science
    3.87 (5,810)

    Nothing "goes viral." if you think a popular movie, song, or app came out of nowhere to become a word-of-mouth success in today's crowded media environment, you're missing the real story. each blockbuster has a secret history--of power, influence, dark broadcasters, and passionate cults that turn some new products into cultural phenomena. even the most brilliant ideas wither in obscurity if they fail to connect with the right network, and the consumers that matter most aren't the early adopters, but rather their friends, followers, and imitators -- the audience of

    Tim Urban

    Every time I talk to Derek Thompson I can't stop taking my phone out to jot down insights that pop up in the convo. His book has the same effect.

    Feb 8, 2017 — Source

  • The Biggest Bluff

    The Biggest Bluff

    The Biggest Bluff

    Maria Konnikova
    Business & Economics
    4.09 (9,542)

    A new york times notable book"the tale of how konnikova followed a story about poker players and wound up becoming a story herself will have you riveted, first as you learn about her big winnings, and then as she conveys the lessons she learned both about human nature and herself." --the washington postit's true that maria konnikova had never actually played poker before and didn't even know the rules when she approached erik seidel, poker hall of fame inductee and winner of tens of millions of dollars in earnings, and

    Tim Urban

    Excited to read Maria Konnikova's latest. One of the most insightful and best storytellers around.

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  • Our Final Invention

    Our Final Invention

    Our Final Invention

    James Barrat
    Computers
    3.74 (3,128)

    In as little as a decade, artificial intelligence could match, then surpass human intelligence. corporations & government agencies around the world are pouring billions into achieving ai’s holy grail—human-level intelligence. once ai has attained it, scientists argue, it will have survival drives much like our own. we may be forced to compete with a rival more cunning, more powerful & more alien than we can imagine. thru profiles of tech visionaries, industry watchdogs & groundbreaking ai systems, james barrat's our final invention explores the perils of the heedless pursuit of

    Tim Urban

    Working on Part 2 now and buried in your book, which I think is the best overall resource on AI.

    Jan 29, 2015 — Source

  • Dream Teams

    Dream Teams

    Dream Teams

    Shane Snow
    Business & Economics
    3.94 (521)

    The best teams are more than the sum of their parts, but why does collaboration so often fail to fulfill this promise? in dream teams, snow takes us on an adventure through history, neuroscience, psychology, and business, exploring what separates groups that simply get by together from those that get better together.you'll learn: how ragtag teams--from soccer clubs to startups to gangs of pirates--beat the odds throughout history. why daimlerchrysler flopped while the wu-tang clan succeeded, and the surprising factor behind most failed mergers, marriages, and partnerships. what the wright

    Tim Urban

    Shane Snow is an insanely interesting human. His newest book is out today. Very excited

    Jun 6, 2018 — Source

  • The Three-Body Problem

    The Three-Body Problem

    The Three-Body Problem

    Cixin Liu
    Fiction
    4.06 (202,940)

    The three-body problem is the first chance for english-speaking readers to experience the hugo award-winning phenomenon from china's most beloved science fiction author, liu cixin.set against the backdrop of china's cultural revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. an alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade earth. meanwhile, on earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the

    Tim Urban

    The Three Body Problem trilogy rocked my existence for a few months last year.

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  • Option B

    Option B

    Option B

    Adam M. Grant,Sheryl Sandberg
    3.85 (50,136)

    Sheryl sandberg – giám đốc vận hành (coo) của facebook và là tác giả cuốn sách dấn thân – cảm thấy rõ ngay sau khi người chồng đột ngột qua đời rằng cuộc sống của cô và các con sẽ không bao giờ như trước đây nữa. và cô biết rằng, trong cuộc sống, cho dù chúng ta đã cố gắng ngăn trở tai họa, bất bình đẳng, chấn thương,… nhưng chúng vẫn tồn tại, và chúng ta vẫn phải tìm cách đối mặt. sheryl sandberg biết rằng cô hay

    Tim Urban

    Adam M Grant & Sheryl Sandberg have teamed up to write a powerful book about a life skill we all need: resilience.

    Apr 25, 2017 — Source

  • TED Talks

    TED Talks

    TED Talks

    Chris Anderson
    4.02 (12,780)

    ...this is an insider’s guide to creating talks that are unforgettable. since taking over ted in the early 2000s, chris anderson has shown how carefully crafted short talks can be the key to unlocking empathy, stirring excitement, spreading knowledge, and promoting a shared dream. done right, a talk can electrify a room and transform an audience’s worldview. done right, a talk is more powerful than anything in written form. this book explains how the miracle of powerful public speaking is achieved, and equips you to give it your best shot.

    Tim Urban

    it's HUGELY helpful

    May 7, 2016 — Source

  • The Uninhabitable Earth

    The Uninhabitable Earth

    The Uninhabitable Earth

    David Wallace-Wells
    4.04 (21,644)

    It is worse, much worse, than you think. if your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible. in california, wildfires now rage year-round, destroying thousands of homes. across the us, "500-year" storms pummel communities month after month, and floods displace tens of millions annually.this is only a preview of the changes to come. and they are coming fast. without a revolution in how billions of humans conduct their lives, parts of the earth could become

    Tim Urban

    I hope lots of people read/discuss/debate. Would love to hear what WBW readers think about the book's ideas.

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  • Atomic Habits

    Atomic Habits

    Atomic Habits

    James Clear
    Business & Economics
    4.37 (310,928)

    No matter your goals, atomic habits offers a proven framework for improving--every day. james clear, one of the world's leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.if you're having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn't you. the problem is your system. bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don't want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change. you do

    Tim Urban

    I'd attribute about 60% of my good habits to his blog and this book is rapidly filling in the other 40%. At least my bad habits are my own original creation.

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