“Which books should be read by every single intelligent person on planet?” one literary Reddit user asked Neil deGrasse Tyson last week.
The famous physicist and author responded with a concise list of classic books. If you are looking for books to fill your new eReader, we have collected links to free digital copies of all the books on his list. Follow the links below to download ePub, Kindle or text versions of the books.
Tyson summarized: “If read all of the works above, you will have profound insight into most of what has driven the history of the western world.” You can meet Tyson in the Symphony of Science Video embedded above–an autotuned version of a physics lecture.
Neil deGrasse Tyson Book List for Every Intelligent Person on the Planet
The System of the World (Newton),
On the Origin of Species (Darwin),
Gulliver’s Travels (Swift),
The Age of Reason (Paine),
The Wealth of Nations (Smith), The Art of War (Sun Tsu),
The Prince (Machiavelli).