Books Elon Musk thinks everyone should read

He stated that reading taught him how to build rockets.

Jul 4, 2022 - 16:18
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Books Elon Musk thinks everyone should read

Ever since he grew up in South Africa, Elon Musk has been a big fan of books - from science fiction to historical biographies. He stated that reading taught him how to build rockets. The Business Insider website conducted numerous interviews with Musk to find out which books inspired him the most.

"The Lord of the Rings", Tolkien

"When I read about these heroes in the books, I always feel a duty to save the world," Musk said of this best-selling science fiction book.

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams

The supercomputer found that the answer to the meaning of life is the number "42", but the question was never properly asked. Musk says the book taught him that "if you can ask the question correctly, the answer is the easy part."

"Benjamin Franklin: An American Life" by Walter Isaacson

Musk claims that scientist and politician Franklin was an entrepreneur. He started from scratch.

"Einstein: His Life and the Universe", Walter Isaacson

Musk points out that he learned a lot from this biography, which tells about a man who changed the world with his intelligence and ambition.

"Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down" J. E. Gordon

Musk called this, book written by a British materials scientist about structural engineering, a "primer for scientists."

"Ignition: An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellant," by John D. Clark

The book is from 1972 and Musk described it as "fun".

"Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies," by Nick Bostrom

What would happen if computer intelligence surpassed human intelligence? Musk says the book made him realize “that we have to be careful with artificial intelligence because it's potentially more dangerous than nuclear weapons.

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

Billionaire investor and co-founder of PayPal Peter Thiel shares his views on the philosophy of startups, as well as Silicon Valley.

„Empire: The Life, Legend, and Madness of Howard Hughes“, Donald L. Barlett, James B. Steele

Biographies are a great way to learn a lot about life's struggles.

Post by: Rinna James