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Death's End
by Cixin Liu (Sep 20, 2016)
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Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps the Trisolaran invaders at bay. Earth enjoys unprecedented prosperity due to the infusion of Trisolaran knowledge. With human science advancing daily and the Trisolarans adopting Earth culture, it seems that the two civilizations will soon be able to co-exi...
Tim Urban
Feb 24, 2020
Books that fit that description are a little less rare. The Three Body Problem trilogy rocked my existence for a few months last year. One-dimensional characters and fairly bland writing—but the plot is so mind-bending that the flaws are irrelevant.     source
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The Dark Forest
by Cixin Liu (Aug 16, 2016)
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This is the second novel in the "Remembrance of Earth’s Past" near-future trilogy. Written by the China's multiple-award-winning science fiction author, Cixin Liu. In Dark Forest, Earth is reeling from the revelation of a coming alien invasion—four centuries in the future. The aliens' human collaborators have been defeated, but the presence of the ...
Tim Urban
Feb 24, 2020
Books that fit that description are a little less rare. The Three Body Problem trilogy rocked my existence for a few months last year. One-dimensional characters and fairly bland writing—but the plot is so mind-bending that the flaws are irrelevant.     source
This book is also recommended by
Adam Savage
Atomic Habits
An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
by James Clear (Oct 16, 2018)
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The instant New York Times bestseller. Over 1 million copies sold! Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results 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 o...
Tim Urban
Oct 16, 2018
It's launch day for @JamesClear's opus, Atomic Habits: 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.     source
Barking Up the Wrong Tree
The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong
by Eric Barker (May 14, 2019)
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Wall Street Journal BestsellerMuch of the advice we’ve been told about achievement is logical, earnest…and downright wrong. In Barking Up the Wrong Tree, Eric Barker reveals the extraordinary science behind what actually determines success and most importantly, how anyone can achieve it. You’ll learn:• Why valedictorians rarely become millionaires,...
Tim Urban
May 17, 2017
I got this book a few weeks ago and raced through it. A mountain of scientific research on success distilled into a quick, enjoyable read.     source
Elon Musk
Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
by Ashlee Vance (Jan 24, 2017)
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In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valleys most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneursa real-life Tony Starkand a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.Elon Musk spotlights the technology ...
Tim Urban
A great biography on Musk.     source
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A Little History of the World
by E. H. Gombrich (Oct 07, 2008)
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Categories: HistoryNonfiction
In 1935, with a doctorate in art history and no prospect of a job, the 26-year-old Ernst Gombrich was invited by a publishing acquaintance to attempt a history of the world for younger readers. Amazingly, he completed the task in an intense six weeks, and Eine kurze Weltgeschichte für junge Leser was published in Vienna to immediate success, and is...
Tim Urban
Super comprehensive history of everything. As if your grandfather were sitting around with a bunch of little kids explaining it.     source
The Three-Body Problem
by Cixin Liu (Jan 12, 2016)
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The Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple 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 o...
Tim Urban
Feb 24, 2020
Books that fit that description are a little less rare. The Three Body Problem trilogy rocked my existence for a few months last year. One-dimensional characters and fairly bland writing—but the plot is so mind-bending that the flaws are irrelevant.     source
Originals
How Non-Conformists Move the World
by Adam Grant (Feb 07, 2017)
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The #1 New York Times bestseller that examines how people can champion new ideasand how leaders can fight groupthink, from the author of Give and Take and co-author of Option BReading Originals made me feel like I was seated across from Adam Grant at a dinner party, as one of my favorite thinkers thrilled me with his insights and his wonderfully ne...
Tim Urban
Feb 02, 2016
Just finished @AdamMGrant's new book, Originals, and enjoyed the shit out of it. Highly recommend:     source
Hit Makers
How to Succeed in an Age of Distraction
by Derek Thompson (Feb 06, 2018)
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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 ...
Tim Urban
Feb 07, 2017
Every time I talk to @DKThomp, I can't stop taking my phone out to jot down insights that pop up in the convo. His book has the same effect.     source
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The Fountainhead
by Ayn Rand (Apr 26, 2005)
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The revolutionary literary vision that sowed the seeds of Objectivism, Ayn Rand's groundbreaking philosophy, and brought her immediate worldwide acclaim.This modern classic is the story of intransigent young architect Howard Roark, whose integrity was as unyielding as granite...of Dominique Francon, the exquisitely beautiful woman who loved Roark p...
Tim Urban
I absolutely loved the book. Sure, the characters are extreme and one-dimensional - but to me, that was the point.     source