The 5 Books Bill Gates Wants You to Read This Summer

If you are seeking for that book to charge you with that needed inspiration, then what better way of searching than considering recommendations from individuals in their top tier? Today’s article focuses on Bill Gates, the brainy billionaire Microsoft co-founder who is an open book when it comes to his reading habits.

The geeky billionaire has stumbled upon over hundreds of books during his life, including books in the fields of math, science and technology. Bill reported that he thinks harder about mitochondria and the meaning of life. He normally reads during his free time which is mostly during nighttime.

“The following five books are simply ones that I loved, made me think in new ways, and kept me up reading long past when I should have gone to sleep,” he said on his blog, The Gates Notes.

Here are 5 books that Gates highly recommends for us this summer:

#1. Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson

Why Bill suggests it: “The plot gets going in the first sentence, when the moon blows up. People figure out that in two years a cataclysmic meteor shower will wipe out all life on Earth, so the world unites on a plan to keep humanity going by launching as many spacecraft as possible into orbit … Seveneves inspired me to rekindle my sci-fi habit.”

2. How Not to be Wrongby Jordan Ellenberg     

Bill recommends this book simply because: “This book has tons of good stuff in it for non-mathematicians. [Ellenberg] updates you about the world of math, what advancements have taken place. His enthusiasm comes across.”

3. The Vital Question, by Nick Lane 

Why he recommends it: “[Lane] argues that we can only understand how life began, and how living things got so complex, by understanding how energy works. It’s not just theoretical; mitochondria (the power plants in our cells) could play a role in fighting cancer and malnutrition.”

4. The Power to Compete, by Ryoichi Mikitani and Hiroshi Mikitani

He said he recommends this interesting book because: “To me, Japan’s fascinating. In the 1980s and ’90s, the Japanese were just turning out engineering and doing great stuff. How did they lose their way? Why haven’t these companies not been more innovative?”

5. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Noah Yuval Harari

Why Gates recommends it: “There’s a lot of things about early human history that a lot of people haven’t been exposed to and [Harari] is good and succinct on that. He goes off in many directions, like ‘Are we happier than we’ve ever been?’ and a lot about robots. It’s got the broad framework. It’s a great book.”

To get more recommendations from Gates, check out his blog’s packed book section, which dates back to 2010, and containing an excellent range of books to choose from.


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