Best Engineering Books

If you read Elon Musk’s biography, you can see that he read as much as possible about rockets in the years before starting Space X. So much so that engineers around him said he was better prepared (in theoretical terms) than a lot of those actually working on the rockets.

Engineers build structures, machines, and mobile phones from which you are viewing this post to provide some of our everyday needs, such as shelter, information, and entertainment.

Books can help take your engineering skills to the next level.

Even if you’re not quite an engineer yet, these essential engineering reads will help get you to where you want to be in the future. Feel free to pick up any of these resources the moment you feel even the slightest curiosity about the profession.

Engineering has existed for as long as the earliest humans. The moment our ancestors discovered fire, hunted and foraged for food, and built homes out of rocks were all moments that were revolutionary to the world of engineering.

While these events were what happened before, modern versions of them continue to happen today, at this very moment. Since engineering doesn’t stop, it is perpetually in motion, working to meet the ever-changing needs of human society.

Engineering is critical to various industries, from agriculture to healthcare, to education and medicine. Without engineering, none of the processes, procedures, and equipment used to save and create lives today would be possible. Humans would continue to be the most basic form of animals we once were without this incredible craft.

So, in no particular order, best books for engineers:

Best Engineering Books

Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down

Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down

It is really, really good if you want a primer on structural design.
Elon Musk
Founder/SpaceX
The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

A fascinating read about when bridges were still in beta.

Michael Lopp
VP of Engineering/Slack
Graphic Guide to Frame Construction

Graphic Guide to Frame Construction

This book has it all when it comes to modern era wood framing and is a fantastic guide for anyone who wants to get into construction or engineering.
Alan Pierce
CEO/Ansuz Balder Magni Investments
The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry and Invention

The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry and Invention

I just finished reading The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry and Invention by William Rosen. It focuses on the Industrial Revolution basically from the Newcomen atmospheric engine in 1712 to the Stephen Rocket Locomotive in 1850. It does a great job of explaining how thousands of innovations were driven during this period by many elements coming together: increased literacy, patents, societies, scientist/tinkerers, the cotton industry, trade/shipping, measurement, etc. It is a great book although its helps to have an interest in how steam engines actually work since it chronicles how they changed over time in some depth. This book is very worthwhile, and I’ll have more to say about it also in a longer review.
Bill Gates
CEO/Microsoft
The Mixing Engineer's Handbook

The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook

The Recording Engineer Handbook and The Mixing Engineer Handbook. These are the books that helped me record music at the level I hoped for. For years I lived frustrated that Romania doesn’t have even one sound engineer that could rise to the level of Western ones and this frustration pushed me to learn recording techniques which are, in my opinion, the most important steps in producing an album. Even more important than mixing or mastering.
Andi Dumitrescu
Musician, Film Maker
The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization

The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization

A riveting, wonderfully written investigation into the many kinds of castles the world has built out of sand. You'll find something new, and something fascinating, on every page. Perhaps even in every paragraph.
Nicholas Thompson
Editor in Chief/Wired
The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger

The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger

You might think you don’t want to read a whole book about shipping containers. And Levinson is pretty self-aware about what an unusual topic he chose. But he makes a good case that the move to containerized shipping had an enormous impact on the global economy and changed the way the world does business. And he turns it into a very readable narrative. I won’t look at a cargo ship in quite the same way again.
Bill Gates
CEO/Microsoft
Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World

Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World

Mark Miodownik’s personal and professional obsession, as he explains in his book Stuff Matters, is basic materials we often take for granted such as paper, glass, concrete, and steel -- as well as new super-materials that will change our world in the decades ahead. I’m pleased to report that he is a witty, smart writer who has a great talent for imparting his love of this subject. As a result, Stuff Matters is a fun, accessible read.
Bill Gates
CEO/Microsoft
The Recording Engineer's Handbook

The Recording Engineer’s Handbook

The Recording Engineer Handbook and The Mixing Engineer Handbook. These are the books that helped me record music at the level I hoped for. For years I lived frustrated that Romania doesn’t have even one sound engineer that could rise to the level of Western ones and this frustration pushed me to learn recording techniques which are, in my opinion, the most important steps in producing an album. Even more important than mixing or mastering.
Andi Dumitrescu
Musician, Film Maker
My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla

My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla

I didn't read actually very many general business books, but I like biographies and autobiographies, I think those are pretty helpful. Actually, a lot of them aren't really business. [...] I think it's also worth reading books on scientists and engineers. Tesla, obviously.
Elon Musk
Founder/SpaceX
A Timber Framer's Workshop: Joinery, Design & Construction of Traditional Timber Frames

A Timber Framer’s Workshop: Joinery, Design & Construction of Traditional Timber Frames

This book is fantastic for teaching the old world and increasingly rare joinery techniques for framing. These techniques were used for houses that lasted for hundreds of years, far longer than many of the modern western homes of today.
Alan Pierce
CEO/Ansuz Balder Magni Investments
The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914

The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914

Historian David McCullough wrote one of the most factually accurate and detailed books about the construction of the Panama Canal. Why would such a book interest a leader? Because it shows how a great thing was achieved, and what it took to take the project from the paper and make it a reality.

Great things are never simple and easy to achieve. It takes creativity. Mistakes happen and losses are sustained. You have to rethink your strategy. You need a B, C or even a D plan. You do whatever it takes to make it happen. This is a valuable lesson for any leader and entrepreneur.

Holger Arians
CEO/Dominet Digital Corporation
The Soul of a New Machine

The Soul of a New Machine

Tracy Kidder's The Soul of a New Machine. This was the first book that really took a deep dive into the process of creating a high tech product from scratch. Tracy really humanized the engineering process and made me realize that was the type of industry where I wanted to be.
Scott Johnson
Freelance Software Engineer
Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale Production

Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale Production

Perhaps the only business book I’ve read and truly loved is Taiichi Ohno’s “The Toyota Production System”. It’s referenced a lot as the origin of the “Lean” movement, but it’s a much more enjoyable read than that makes it sound. Rather than management guru speak, it’s a wonderful book about the hard-won lessons Taiichi Ohno learned on the factory floor at Toyota. It won’t teach you what kanban means in modern management, but learning about Ohno’s desire to build an information nervous system for Toyota’s plants is so much more interesting!
Grey Baker
Co-Founder/Dependabot
Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100

Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100

Kaku interviews some of the world's best and brightest scientists to find out what they're working on. What he unveils is a future of sci-fi-like innovations and breakthroughs worth sticking around for.
Michael Dell
CEO/Dell
Deep Learning

Deep Learning

Elon Musk and Facebook AI chief Yann LeCun have praised this textbook on one of software’s most promising frontiers. After its publication, Microsoft signed up coauthor Bengio, a pioneer in machine learning, as an adviser
Satya Nadella
CEO/Microsoft
The Simulation Hypothesis: An MIT Computer Scientist Shows Why AI, Quantum Physics and Eastern Mystics All Agree We Are In a Video Game

The Simulation Hypothesis: An MIT Computer Scientist Shows Why AI, Quantum Physics and Eastern Mystics All Agree We Are In a Video Game

The Simulation Hypothesis presents a radical alternative to current models of reality. Riz Virk’s book, relying his unique experience designing digital games, results in a stunning reappraisal of what it means to be human in an infinite universe.
Jacques Vallée
Scientist, VC, author
Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future

Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future

On the other side of things, which is a bit more like inspirational and a bit more tactical, it would probably be Rise of the Robots. Focuses all on the rise of artificial intelligence. Has some really interesting pieces on how people are disrupting in a bunch of different verticals for like ED Tech, health, 3D printing, and a bunch of other areas, and the impact that that has on jobs in the future. I love those two books at the moment.
Matthew Barby
Global Head of Growth and SEO/HubSpot
The Epigenetics Revolution: How Modern Biology Is Rewriting Our Understanding of Genetics, Disease, and Inheritance

The Epigenetics Revolution: How Modern Biology Is Rewriting Our Understanding of Genetics, Disease, and Inheritance

I love the book on epigenetics, a book called "Epigenetics Revolution".
Naveen Jain
Founder/Moon Express
A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science

A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science

A good teacher will leave you educated. But a great teacher will leave you curious. Well, Barbara Oakley is a great teacher. Not only does she have a mind for numbers, she has a way with words, and she makes every one of them count
Mike Rowe
CEO/MikeRoweWorks Foundation, Former TV Host/Dirty Jobs
Life at the Speed of Light: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life

Life at the Speed of Light: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life

(Note: When asked what books had the biggest impact) A few that come to mind include: Abundance by Peter Diamandis, Life at the Speed of Light by Craig Venter and How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, and Karen Dillon. However, every book I’ve read has impacted my thoughts in a different way. Whenever I am excited by a new topic or industry, such as the microbiome – which has resulted in the formation of Viome, I read any and all books on the topic. Each book contributes to my thought process and what is the next step to take.
Naveen Jain
Founder/Moon Express, Viome
The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership: Achieving and Sustaining Excellence through Leadership Development

The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership: Achieving and Sustaining Excellence through Leadership Development

One of the books I got a lot out of and I haven’t mentioned yet is called “The Toyota Way” which is a book that essentially looks at the Toyota car manufacturing process and why it was so revolutionary, talking about some concepts like kaizen and theory of constraints that came out of that process that Toyota developed and the book about it will give you such an insight into manufacturing, but also just general productivity, like kaizen became a concept that was almost as important as the 80-20 rule to me with my own business but with my own life as well.

By the way, kaizen means, it’s like a philosophy of continuous improvement that the Japanese follow or, at least Toyota certainly follows in their business with the car manufacturing. So, that’s something that I think can make a difference perhaps to any entrepreneur but certainly if you’re looking at something to do with like an assembly line, if that’s your business plan, if it included an assembly line then you’ve gotta get yourself “The Toyota Way” book because that’s gonna be so relevant to what you’re doing and will probably give you a head start instead of just trying to figure it out by yourself. So that’s another recommendation.

Yaro Starak
Founder/Entrepreneurs-Journey.com
Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

Worth reading Superintelligence by Bostrom. We need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes.
Elon Musk
Founder/SpaceX, Tesla
Energy: A Beginner's Guide

Energy: A Beginner’s Guide

This book is about physical rather than social sciences. It explores important topics around how energy works, how our production and use might evolve, and how this affects climate change.
Mark Zuckerberg
CEO/Facebook
Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality

Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality

Nadella is using this season to learn more in a variety of subjects. By the looks of it, he is interested in, among other things, virtual reality, the refugee crisis, and housing for the urban poor.
Satya Nadella
CEO/Microsoft
Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field: How Two Men Revolutionized Physics

Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field: How Two Men Revolutionized Physics

It's a combination of scientific biography and explanation of the physics, particularly relating to electricity. It's just the best book of its kind I have ever read, and I just hugely enjoyed it. Couldn't put it down. It was a fabulous human achievement. And neither of the writers is a physicist.
Charlie Munger
Vice Chairman/Berkshire Hathaway
The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering

The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering

[From "The Everything Store", written by Brad Stone] “An influential computer scientist makes the counterintuitive argument that small groups of engineers are more effective than larger ones at handling complex software projects. The book lays out the theory behind Amazon’s two pizza teams,” Stone writes.
Jeff Bezos
CEO/Amazon
How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

This book really showed me the amazing pathways that led to innovations that make our lives work today. The stories are told almost like a dramatic mystery to make the history come to life with excitement and aha moments.
Bill Gross
Founder/Idealab
Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization

Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization

One of Smil’s books makes my list of favorites pretty much every year. This time it’s his look at the world’s use of materials, from silicon to wood to plastic and cement. If anyone tries to tell you we’re using fewer materials, send him this book. With his usual skepticism and his love of data, Smil shows how our ability to make things with less material—say, soda cans that need less aluminum—makes them cheaper, which actually encourages more production. We’re using more stuff than ever.
Bill Gates
CEO/Microsoft
The Laws of Simplicity

The Laws of Simplicity

There are just way too many books that impacted the way I live and see things. One of them is The Laws of Simplicity by John Maeda.
Ryan Len
Founder & Design Director/The Workbench
Energy and Civilization: A History

Energy and Civilization: A History

Smil is one of my favorite authors, and this is his masterpiece. He lays out how our need for energy has shaped human history—from the era of donkey-powered mills to today’s quest for renewable energy. It’s not the easiest book to read, but at the end you’ll feel smarter and better informed about how energy innovation alters the course of civilizations.
Bill Gates
CEO/Microsoft
Probability, Random Variables and Stochastic Processes

Probability, Random Variables and Stochastic Processes

When readers and students ask to me for a useable book for nonmathematicians to get into probability (or a probabilistic approach to statistics), before embarking into deeper problems, I suggest this book by the Late A. Papoulis. I even recommend it to mathematicians as their training often tends to make them spend too much time on limit theorems and very little on the actual "plumbing".

The treatment has no measure theory, cuts to the chase, and can be used as a desk reference. If you want measure theory, go spend some time reading Billingsley. A deep understanding of measure theory is not necessary for scientific and engineering applications; it is not necessary for those who do not want to work on theorems and technical proofs.

I've notice a few complaints in the comments section by people who felt frustrated by the treatment: do not pay attention to them. Ignore them. It the subject itself that is difficult, not this book. The book, in fact, is admirable and comprehensive given the current state of the art. I am using this book as a benchmark while writing my own, but more advanced, textbook (on errors in use of statistical models).

Anything derived and presented in Papoulis, I can skip. And when students ask me what they need as pre-requisite to attend my class or read my book, my answer is: Papoulis if you are a scientist, Varadhan if you are more abstract.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Flaneur
The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

The authors make a case for a future world that is better, not worse, than the one we inherited. That may seem far-fetched given the problems we see flashing across our screens every day. But there is reason for optimism, and it starts and ends with one of my favorite things, technology.

Michael Dell
CEO/Dell
Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry

Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry

It's a gripping and well-told reminder of how fast habits and technologies change, especially for companies at the top.
Erik Martin
VP of Member Engagement/WeWork
A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts

A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts

I will always be a total space nerd and this is a great history of the Apollo program.
Jason Kottke
Blogger & Designer
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything

I started reading "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth" as soon as I finished watching Chris Hadfield give this talk.
Gabriel Coarna
Founder/Readable
Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

Today is World Book Day, a wonderful opportunity to address this #ChallengeRichard sent in by Mike Gonzalez of New Jersey: Make a list of your top 65 books to read in a lifetime.
Richard Branson
Founder/Virgin Group
WTF?: What's the Future and Why It's Up to Us

WTF?: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us

An important examination on how technology can shape a better future by one of the smartest thinkers on the subject.

Eric Ries
Founder/Long-Term Stock Exchange
Showstopper!: The Breakneck Race to Create Windows NT and the Next Generation at Microsoft

Showstopper!: The Breakneck Race to Create Windows NT and the Next Generation at Microsoft

If you're interested in high tech as a career path then I'd recommend a series of case studies around the development of products / founding of companies. Here are four examples:

  • Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder (1981)
  • Startup: A Silicon Valley Adventure by Jerry Kaplan (1996)
  • Show Stopper by G Pascal Zachary (1994)
  • The Launch Pad: Inside Y Combinator by Randall Stross (2013)
  • The Everything Store by Brad Stone (2014)

These books all tell the tale of starting a company or building a product and despite covering a time span of 30+ years and multiple generations of technology the remarkable thing is just how very, very similar they are. While the technology changes, the process of creating something from whole cloth doesn't. That's a great lesson for people to learn.

Scott Johnson
Freelance Software Engineer
In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

I’m currently reading “In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works and Shapes Our Life" and am excited on gaining more insight into how google is changing the world and hopefully to get some valuable understanding I can use to maximize business decisions and read future trends while assessing investment opportunities for my company, ABM Investments.
Alan Pierce
CEO/Ansuz Balder Magni Investments
Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto

Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto

If you read one book from this list, read this one, especially if you live in Boulder. Alan Stern, the PI on the New Horizons mission to Pluto, wrote – with David Grinspoon – a riveting story that spans around 30 years. Both Alan and David are at CU Boulder, which plays a key role in the exploration of the last planet in our solar system (there – I said it – Pluto is a planet, the IAU be damned.) This book is a page tuner and will cause you to fall in love with Pluto. And, in late breaking news, Pluto may actually be a giant comet (ah – clickbait headlines …)
Brad Feld
Co-Founder/Foundry Group
Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager

Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager

Perhaps Managing Humans by Michael Lopp would be the most practical - it's a great read, and for people making the leap from developer to manager, it's full of useful advice.
Dave Child
Founder/Readable & ApolloPad
The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World

The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World

One of the best 3 books I've read in 2019
The CEO Library Community (through anonymous form)
Reader
Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot

Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot

I’ve run the gamut on my personal flying experiences. Used to love flying, then really didn’t like it, then was afraid of it, and now I enjoy it again. Skyfaring is a poetic and beautiful tome on the wonders of flying and the experiences of sailing through the air from one place to another. The author, a current 747 pilot, has such an effortless way with words. I’ve highlighted more great lines in this book than any other in the past few years. If you love how words can connect ideas, feelings and your imagination, you’ll love this book.
Jason Fried
Co-founder/37signals
The Technique of Film and Video Editing

The Technique of Film and Video Editing

My career path is made of several components, all of them main ones: sound engineering, film montage, movie directing, composition and vocal singing. That’s what I want to do in life and this is what makes me happy. For each of these, I’ve had book to help me along the way: The Eye is Quicker, by Richard D. Pepperman, Cut by Cut by Gael Chandler, The Technique of Film and Video Editing by Ken Dancyger, Directing by Mike Goodridge, Cinematic Storytelling by Jennifer Van Sijll, Sound for Picture by Tom Kenny and The Rock'n'Roll Singer's Survival Manual by Mark Baxter.
Andi Dumitrescu
Musician, Film Maker
The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff

Today is World Book Day, a wonderful opportunity to address this #ChallengeRichard sent in by Mike Gonzalez of New Jersey: Make a list of your top 65 books to read in a lifetime.
Richard Branson
Founder/Virgin Group
Cut by Cut: Editing Your Film or Video

Cut by Cut: Editing Your Film or Video

My career path is made of several components, all of them main ones: sound engineering, film montage, movie directing, composition and vocal singing. That’s what I want to do in life and this is what makes me happy. For each of these, I’ve had book to help me along the way: The Eye is Quicker, by Richard D. Pepperman, Cut by Cut by Gael Chandler, The Technique of Film and Video Editing by Ken Dancyger, Directing by Mike Goodridge, Cinematic Storytelling by Jennifer Van Sijll, Sound for Picture by Tom Kenny and The Rock'n'Roll Singer's Survival Manual by Mark Baxter.
Andi Dumitrescu
Musician, Film Maker
The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation

The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation

My next book for A Year of Books is The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation.

I'm very interested in what causes innovation -- what kinds of people, questions and environments. This book explores that question by looking at Bell Labs, which was one of the most innovative labs in history.

As an aside, I loved The Three-Body Problem and highly recommend it. If you're interested in Chinese history, virtual reality and science fiction -- I'm three for three! -- then you'll enjoy this book. I'm going to try to fit in the sequel before the end of the year as well.

Mark Zuckerberg
CEO/Facebook

The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos

The Space Barons by Christian Davenport, a Washington Post reporter, is an exciting narrative filled with colorful reporting and sharp insights. The book sparkles because of Davenport’s access to the main players and his talent for crisp storytelling.
Walter Isaacson
Author
From Worst to First: Behind the Scenes of Continental's Remarkable Comeback

From Worst to First: Behind the Scenes of Continental’s Remarkable Comeback

Founder and CEO of DOMO, Josh James, is a fan of the book “From Worst to First.”
Josh James
CEO/DOMO
The Martian

The Martian

This book didn’t really change my mind, but rather reinforced the concept of the power of the individual. At a time when we depend more and more on big institutions to solve our business and social problems the real solutions are crafted by individual actions and initiative. This is true in the business world, where ideas from individual researchers or entrepreneurs can create mega companies overnight, and in the social sector, where such actions as high performing charter schools run circles around a moribund K-12 education system. Best we all remember that the next meaningful advances will come from individual initiative rather than massive governmental programs. After all, Google, Facebook, Uber, microloans and countless other success stories were not products of big government.
Craig Barrett
Former CEO/Intel
2018 International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings

2018 International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings

This is a great book for overall understanding of primarily modern western building and the many different building styles and materials employed.
Alan Pierce
CEO/Ansuz Balder Magni Investments
How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

Then the great book that Ray Kurzweil wrote, "How to Create a Mind" really tells you about how human brain works.
Naveen Jain
Founder/Moon Express
Truth About Chernobyl

Truth About Chernobyl

The Truth About Chernobyl is essential reading from a Soviet physicist's perspective... and Grigori Medvedev had his boots on the ground. An excellent combination of historic recounting and clear science.
Craig Mazin
Creator, Writer, Producer/Chernobyl TV Series

The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight: The Fate of the World and What We Can Do Before It’s Too Late

Thom Hartmann seeks out interesting subjects from such disparate outposts of curiosity that you have to wonder whether or not he uncovered them or they selected him.
Leonardo DiCaprio
Oscar Winning Actor
Global Energy Interconnection

Global Energy Interconnection

Since 2002, Professor Zhenya Liu has served as president, chairman and the senior engineer of China's State Grid Corporation. This book, as its title indicates, is focused on the subject of the interconnection of global energy, and is based on Professor Liu's decades of experience in the development of energy and smart grid technology both in China and throughout the world. It attempts to offer concrete solutions for the development of cleaner, more efficient and sustainable energy. The book likely appeals to Siilasmaa both because of his interest in technology in general and in China's economy in particular.
Risto Siilasmaa
CEO/Nokia
Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies: A Comprehensive Introduction

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies: A Comprehensive Introduction

Right now I am reading: and
Antonio Eram
Founder & CEO/NETOPIA mobilPay
Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked

Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked

As if to prove his point, Adam Alter has written a truly addictive book about the rise of addiction. Irresistible is a fascinating and much needed exploration of one of the most troubling phenomena of modern times.
Malcolm Gladwell
Writer & Journalist
What You See Is What You Get: My Autobiography

What You See Is What You Get: My Autobiography

I'm currently reading a biography of Alan Sugar, a U.K. entrepreneur who created Amstrad from scratch. I'm trying to get my creative juices flowing on launching a new product and this very much sets that tone.

Scott Johnson
Freelance Software Engineer

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