Bill Gates is known to be an advocate for education. Could it be through the Gates Cambridge Scholarship that he and his wife support or through the many projects that he finances in order to improve global literacy, he truly believes that with education many problems can be solved.
In his recent blog post, Gates suggests a selection of five books to carry on with you this summer. The subjects vary from mathematics, sci-fi novels, history to economics.
In this post Gates says that "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." This previous statement would indicate the quality of the books he is suggesting to the world! He also shares a short animation video in which he talks about the books he is recommending.
Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson
"The plot gets going in the first sentence, when the moon blows up...Seveneves inspired me to rekindle my sci-fi habit."
How Not to be Wrong, by Jordan Ellenberg "Ellenberg
"a mathematician and writer, explains how math plays into our daily lives without our even knowing it."
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Noah Yuval Harari
"Harari takes on a daunting challenge: to tell the entire history of the human race in just 400 pages."
The Power to Compete, by Ryoichi Mikitani and Hiroshi Mikitani
"Why were (Japan's) companies—the juggernauts of the 1980s—eclipsed by competitors in South Korea and China? And can they come back?"
The Vital Question, by Nick Lane.
"More people should know about this guy’s work. He is trying to right a scientific wrong by getting people to fully appreciate the role that energy plays in all living things."
The Important Take Away
All though reading these might not make you a billionaire on the spot, they for sure will give you an insight on new perspectives and ideas that may not be so obvious!