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Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City.
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The Wealth Of Nations
Adam Smith - Jan 18, 2018 (first published in 1776)
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An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, generally referred to by its shortened title The Wealth of Nations, is the magnum opus of the Scottish economist and moral philosopher Adam Smith. First published in 1776, the book offers one of the world's first collected descriptions of what builds nations' wealth, and is today a fun...
Neil deGrasse Tyson
May 31, 2018
The Wealth of Nations by Smith, to learn that capitalism is an economy of greed, a force of nature unto itself.     source
The Science of Interstellar
Kip Thorne - Nov 06, 2014
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A journey through the otherworldly science behind Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated film, Interstellar, from executive producer and theoretical physicist Kip Thorne.Interstellar, from acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan, takes us on a fantastic voyage far beyond our solar system. Yet in The Science of Interstellar, Kip Thorne, the physicist ...
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Nov 10, 2014
In #Interstellar, if you didn’t understand the physics, try Kip Thorne’s highly readable Bbook “The Science of Interstellar"     source
The Planiverse
Computer Contact with a Two-Dimensional World
A.K. Dewdney - Oct 12, 2000 (first published in 1983)
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A classic book about life in a two-dimensional universe, written by a well-known author. Now brought back into print in this revised and updated edition, the book is written within the great tradition of Abbott's Flatland, and Hinton's famous Sphereland. Accessible, imaginative, and clever, it will appeal to a wide array of readers, from serious ma...
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Feb 09, 2013
The challenges and joys of 2D living: "Flatland" (1884) by Edwin A. Abbott & "The Planiverse" (1984) by Alexander K. Dewdney     source
Flatland
A Romance of Many Dimensions
Edwin A. Abbott - Sep 21, 1992 (first published in 1884)
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This masterpiece of science (and mathematical) fiction is a delightfully unique and highly entertaining satire that has charmed readers for more than 100 years. The work of English clergyman, educator and Shakespearean scholar Edwin A. Abbott (1838-1926), it describes the journeys of A. Square [sic – ed.], a mathematician and resident of the two-di...
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Feb 09, 2013
The challenges and joys of 2D living: "Flatland" (1884) by Edwin A. Abbott & "The Planiverse" (1984) by Alexander K. Dewdney     source
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The Art of War
Sun Tzu - Apr 12, 2017 (first published in 500)
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Twenty-Five Hundred years ago, Sun Tzu wrote this classic book of military strategy based on Chinese warfare and military thought. Since that time, all levels of military have used the teaching on Sun Tzu to warfare and civilization have adapted these teachings for use in politics, business and everyday life. The Art of War is a book which should b...
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Dec 17, 2011
The Art of War by Sun Tsu, to learn that the act of killing fellow humans can be raised to an art.     source
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On the Origin of Species
Charles Darwin - Feb 07, 2017 (first published in 1859)
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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...
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Dec 17, 2011
On the Origin of Species (Darwin), to learn of our kinship with all other life on Earth.      source
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The System of the World
Isaac Newton - May 13, 2015 (first published in 1728)
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The System of the World by Isaac Newton. Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1727) was an English physicist and mathematician who is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time and as a key figure in the scientific revolution.This great work supplied the momentum for the Scientific Revolution and dominated physics for over 200 years....
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Dec 17, 2011
The System of the World by Newton, to learn that the universe is a knowable place.     source
Holy Bible
English Standard Version.
ESV - Apr 01, 2012
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The English Standard Version of the Bible, the world's fastest-growing Bible translation....
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Dec 17, 2011
To learn that it’s easier to be told by others what to think and believe than it is to think for yourself.     source
The Age of Reason
Thomas Paine - May 29, 2010 (first published in 1794)
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A Complete, Unabridged Edition Of Parts I and II Taken From 'The Writings Of Thomas Paine, ' Collected and Edited By Moncure Conway (Volume Four-1896), To Include A General and Editor's Introduction, Plus All Charts and Tables, In Addition To Detailed Notes and Footnotes With Numerous Comparisons and Critique Of The Initial French Editio...
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Dec 17, 2011
The Age of Reason by Paine, to learn how the power of rational thought is the primary source of freedom in the world.     source
Gulliver's Travels
Jonathan Swift - Nov 01, 2007 (first published in 1726)
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Swift's masterful satire is as entertaining today as it was when first published in 1726. Written with great wit and invention, Gulliver's Travels has captivated readers for nearly three centuries....
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Dec 17, 2011
Gulliver's Travels by Swift, to learn, among other satirical lessons, that most of the time humans are Yahoos.     source
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The Prince
Niccolò Machiavelli - Dec 26, 2016 (first published in 1532)
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The Prince is a 16th-century political treatise by the Italian diplomat and political theorist Niccolo Machiavelli. From correspondence a version appears to have been distributed in 1513, using a Latin title, De Principatibus (About Principalities). However, the printed version was not published until 1532, five years after Machiavelli's death....
Neil deGrasse Tyson
To learn that people not in power will do all they can to acquire it, and people in power will do all they can to keep it.     source
The Principia by Sir Isaac Newton
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
Age of Reason by Thomas Paine
How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff