I have gotten a little help with my reading from, of all people, Neil deGrasse Tyson. No, he didn’t really say, “Hey, Nancy, I think you should read these books.” But he answered a question: “Which books should be read by every single intelligent person on the planet?” I figure his thoughts on this topic are probably something I should consider. When I read the list, posted on Open Culture, I decided I would include these eight in my 2012 reading. The 8 books, along with Open Culture‘s links to where to get them for free and Dr. Tyson’s teasers about why they are important, are:
1.) The Bible (eBook) – “to learn that it’s easier to be told by others what to think and believe than it is to think for yourself.”
2.) The System of the World by Isaac Newton (eBook) – “to learn that the universe is a knowable place.”
While I do not expect these 8 books will take me all year to read, I want to include them in my reading in 2012.