Neil deGrasse Tyson Lists 8 (Free) Books Every Intelligent Person Should Read A Reddit.com user posed the question to Neil deGrasse Tyson: "Which books should be read by every single intelligent person on the planet?" Below, you will find the book list offered up by the astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium, and popularizer of science. Where possible, we have included links to free versions of the books, all taken from our Free Audio Books and Free eBooks collections. Or you can always download a professionally-narrated book for free from Audible.com. Details here. If you're looking for a more extensive list of essential works, don't miss The Harvard Classics, a 51 volume series that you can now download online. 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.) 8.) Tyson concludes by saying: "If you read all of the above works you will glean profound insight into most of what has driven the history of the western world." He has also added some more thoughts in the comments section below, saying: Thanks for this ongoing interest in my book suggestions. Related Content:
50 Amazing and Essential Novels to Enrich Your Library Post written by Leo Babauta. I recently ran into a couple of reading lists (I’ll share them at the end) and realized that I LOVE reading book recommendations. I can’t get enough of them. So I decided to compile my own (somewhat eclectic) list of novels I think are amazing and essential to every library. I hope you enjoy it. I should make some notes before diving in. Another note: there are actually many more books listed here than 50 — a number of those listed are actually series of books, in a couple cases series that include 20 or more books. There are classics here, but there are cheap thrillers and popular fiction and even a few “kids” books. If you could fill your library with only 50 books, you could do much worse than choose these 50. Not in any order but just in the order they came to me: King Lear, by Shakespeare. Some other lists of books I’ve enjoyed recently:
Poetry Grrrl Poetry and Literature Archive The 50 Books Everyone Needs to Read, 1963-2013 The thing about reading is this: it takes a long time. There are innumerable books in the world, and many more good ones than can be read by any mortal in a lifetime. It’s hard to choose — especially if you’re a slow reader. So, to go along with the list of the best albums from 1963-2013, here you will find a single must-read book from each of the last 50 years. Of course, this is by its very nature an absurd undertaking, and many books have gotten the short end of the stick — there’s no other way to do it. The choices here are influenced by the following: the stipulation that any specific author should not be chosen for more than one year, a general focus on fiction over other genres, and the tastes/whims/glaring prejudices of Flavorwire’s literary editor. 1963 — The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath Sylvia Plath’s only novel manages to be both elegant and filled with raw, seething emotion – no small feat, and not the least of the reasons the reading world is still obsessed with her.
What Should You Read This Summer? (INFOGRAPHIC) Summer technically begins next week, but there's no need to wait until you're in the doldrums to escape with a new novel or an old favorite. Now's the perfect time to head outside and cross off a few bucket list books ("Infinite Summer," anyone?) before humid, 90-degree days lull you into complacency and cat naps. If you aren't sure what to read during your extra hours of sunlight this summer, Teach.com made this handy infographic to help you out. It may not introduce a ton of new titles, but offers a nice mix of classic non-fiction, short story collections, young adult novels and more for you to read whether beachside, poolside, or cozied up next to your air conditioning unit. Also on HuffPost:
5 Sites Providing Free IT Certification Training Image Source: Flickr.com There are so many IT certifications out there; where do you start? What if the expensive study guide you buy ends up being the wrong track for you? Why don’t you start with what’s free? There’s no shortage of Websites offering courses in certifications in video or e-book form. They don’t give you free tests, though some might have sample tests available. ProProfs free resources include a great deal of subject matter as well as thorough study guides, practice questions, and basic information like how much the tests cost and where to take them. Professor Messer The good professor offers a bunch of online video courses in entry level IT careers. W3Schools You can use W3Schools as a quick reference to find that HTML tag you can’t quite remember, but you can also use it as a guide to earn Web development certifications. SeachSecurity Got a hankering to become a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)? INE.com Guest Post by: About Guest
How Bill Gates' Favorite Teacher Wants to Disrupt Education In 2008, Sal Khan had a bright future making millions as a hedge fund manager. He gave it up to produce low-budget math films on YouTube for free. Fortunately, hidden among his millions of loyal students, were the wealthiest of educational philanthropists, Bill Gates and the Google Foundation. Now, with a whole lot of cash and even more street cred, Khan aims to demote the institution of "school" to just one of many educational options. Beginnings Khan Academy, the YouTube open-course series, began as verbal contract with a 7th-grade girl. Since YouTube encouraged universal access, Khan thought “Why not? “Random people started watching it, and I started getting good feedback,” Khan tells Fast Company. The Success Factor and Company Growth To his amazement, the videos were far more popular than his dedicated tutoring sessions. Five years and dozens of lessons later, the YouTube series was reaching tens of thousands of views a day. The Motivation Changes to the System
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