40 Books recommended by Elon Musk

Superintelligence, Our Final Invention, Life 3.0, Zero to One and more.

Artificial Intelligence

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom

Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era by James Barrat

Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark 2017

Deep Learning by ​Yoshua Bengio

Entrepreneurship & Technology

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel

Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down by JE Gordon

Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming by Naomi Oreskes

Science fiction

The Culture Series by Iain Banks

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov

Look to Windward (Culture) by Iain M. Banks

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein

The Machine Stops by E M Forster

I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison

Stranger in a Strange Land (Remembering Tomorrow) by Robert A. Heinlein

Biographies & Autobiography

Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age by W. Bernard Carlson

Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson (2003)

The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Alone, 1932–1940 by William Manchester

Tesla: Man out of Time by Margaret Cheney

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie (2011)

My Life & Work — An Autobiography of Henry Ford by Henry Ford (1922)

Andrew Carnegie by Joseph Frazier Wall

Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson (2007)

Twelve against the gods: The story of adventure by William Bolitho (​1929)

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin

Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness by Donald Barlett

​Astronomy, Space & Time

If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens … WHERE IS EVERYBODY? by Stephen Webb

Aerospace & Aviation Technology

Ignition! An informal history of liquid rocket propellants by John D Clark

International Reference Guide to Space Launch Systems by S. Isakowitz, J. Hopkins, J. Hopkins Jr.

Fundamentals of Astrodynamics by Roger R. Bate, Donald D. Mueller, Jerry E. White

Rocket Propulsion Elements by George P. Sutton, Oscar Biblarz

Elements of Propulsion: Gas Turbines and Rockets by J. Mattingly

Aerothermodynamics of Gas Turbine and Rocket Propulsion by Gordon C. Oates, J.S. Przemieniecki


Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Acts of Love by Talulah Riley

The Lost Planet (The Lost Planet Series) by Rachel Searle

Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez


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