Elon Musk
Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCity, PayPal & OpenAI
30 recommendations

Recommendations by Elon Musk

Elon Musk's Review:

Douglas Adams is awesome. When we ask questions they come along with our biases. You should really ask, ‘Is this the right question?’ And that’s hard to figure out.

Ref: http://www.brainsley.com/expert/elon-musk/210

 

It taught me that the tough thing is figuring out what questions to ask, but that once you do that, the rest is really easy.

Ref: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2012-09-13/elon-musk-the-21st-century-industrialist#p2

 

I guess when I was around 12 or 15…I had an existential crisis, and I was reading various books on trying to figure out the meaning of life  and what does it all mean? It all seemed quite meaningless and then we  happened to have some books by Nietzsche and Schopenhauer in the house,  which you should not read at age 14 (laughter). It is bad, it’s really negative. So then I read Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy which is quite positive I think and it highlighted an important point which is that a lot of times the question is harder than the answer. And if  you can properly phrase the question, then the answer is the easy part. So, to the degree that we can better understand the universe, then we  can better know what questions to ask. Then whatever the question is  that most approximates: what’s the meaning of life? That’s the question  we can ultimately get closer to understanding. And so I thought to the  degree that we can expand the scope and scale of consciousness and  knowledge, then that would be a good thing

Ref: http://www.freshdialogues.com/2013/02/07/transcript-of-elon-musk-interview-with-alison-van-diggelen-iron-man-growing-up-in-south-africa/

Elon Musk's Review:

I like biographies. I think they are really helpful. I like Franklin’s biography by Isaaksson, it’s really good. He was an entrepreneur, he started of nothing, just like a runaway kid. It was interesting to see how he is creating his business, then go to science and politics. I could say he is one of the people I most admire. Franklin is pretty awesome. He did what needed to be done at the time it needed to be done.

Ref: http://www.conversationagent.com/2016/05/elon-musk-reading-list.html

 

Elon Musk's Review:

I've been inspired by a lot of historical figures, One of my favorite guys is Ben Franklin. He just thought about what are the problems that need to get solved and worked on those. He seemed like a good guy all around. I like historical figures in science and literature.

Ref: http://www.wisdomread.com/entrepreneurs/elon-musk/

Elon Musk's Review:

Cantrell tells us that he soon discovered that he and Musk shared an affinity for applied knowledge, and he loaned him some textbooks to study. The books were "Rocket Propulsion Elements," "Aerothermodynamics of Gas Turbine and Rocket Propulsion," "Fundamentals of Astrodynamics," and the "International Reference Guide to Space Launch Systems."

He doesn't know exactly how Musk would read or take notes, but he knows that he practically memorized them.

"He would quote passages verbatim from these books. He became very conversant in the material," Cantrell says.

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.in/Former-SpaceX-Exec-Explains-How-Elon-Musk-Taught-Himself-Rocket-Science/articleshow/44918922.cms

Rocket Propulsion Elements
book
by George P. Sutton, Oscar Biblarz

Elon Musk's Review:

Cantrell tells us that he soon discovered that he and Musk shared an affinity for applied knowledge, and he loaned him some textbooks to study. The books were "Rocket Propulsion Elements," "Aerothermodynamics of Gas Turbine and Rocket Propulsion," "Fundamentals of Astrodynamics," and the "International Reference Guide to Space Launch Systems."

He doesn't know exactly how Musk would read or take notes, but he knows that he practically memorized them.

"He would quote passages verbatim from these books. He became very conversant in the material," Cantrell says.

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.in/Former-SpaceX-Exec-Explains-How-Elon-Musk-Taught-Himself-Rocket-Science/articleshow/44918922.cms

Fundamentals of Astrodynamics (Dover Books on Aeronautical Engineering)
book
by Roger R. Bate, Donald D. Mueller, Jerry E. White

Elon Musk's Review:

Cantrell tells us that he soon discovered that he and Musk shared an affinity for applied knowledge, and he loaned him some textbooks to study. The books were "Rocket Propulsion Elements," "Aerothermodynamics of Gas Turbine and Rocket Propulsion," "Fundamentals of Astrodynamics," and the "International Reference Guide to Space Launch Systems."

He doesn't know exactly how Musk would read or take notes, but he knows that he practically memorized them.

"He would quote passages verbatim from these books. He became very conversant in the material," Cantrell says.

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.in/Former-SpaceX-Exec-Explains-How-Elon-Musk-Taught-Himself-Rocket-Science/articleshow/44918922.cms

Fundamentals of Astrodynamics (Dover Books on Aeronautical Engineering)
book
by Roger R. Bate, Donald D. Mueller, Jerry E. White

Elon Musk's Review:

Cantrell tells us that he soon discovered that he and Musk shared an affinity for applied knowledge, and he loaned him some textbooks to study. The books were "Rocket Propulsion Elements," "Aerothermodynamics of Gas Turbine and Rocket Propulsion," "Fundamentals of Astrodynamics," and the "International Reference Guide to Space Launch Systems."

He doesn't know exactly how Musk would read or take notes, but he knows that he practically memorized them.

"He would quote passages verbatim from these books. He became very conversant in the material," Cantrell says.

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.in/Former-SpaceX-Exec-Explains-How-Elon-Musk-Taught-Himself-Rocket-Science/articleshow/44918922.cms

Elon Musk's Review:

Cantrell tells us that he soon discovered that he and Musk shared an affinity for applied knowledge, and he loaned him some textbooks to study. The books were "Rocket Propulsion Elements," "Aerothermodynamics of Gas Turbine and Rocket Propulsion," "Fundamentals of Astrodynamics," and the "International Reference Guide to Space Launch Systems."

He doesn't know exactly how Musk would read or take notes, but he knows that he practically memorized them.

"He would quote passages verbatim from these books. He became very conversant in the material," Cantrell says.

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.in/Former-SpaceX-Exec-Explains-How-Elon-Musk-Taught-Himself-Rocket-Science/articleshow/44918922.cms

Elon Musk's Review:

Worth reading.... We need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes

 

Ref: https://www.amazon.com/Superintelligence-Dangers-Strategies-Nick-Bostrom-ebook/dp/B00LOOCGB2

Elon Musk's Review:

Yeah I wouldn’t say I’m a huge admirer of anyone in particular on the political stage today. I mean, historically I would say Winston Churchill -- one of the greats.

Ref: http://www.wisdomread.com/entrepreneurs/elon-musk/

Elon Musk's Review:

It is really, really good if you want a primer on structural design

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.my/elon-musk-favorite-books-2015-10/6/#18gfEj70Z6VRL4uL.97

Elon Musk's Review:

I like Stranger in a Strange Land, although it kind of goes off the rails at the end

Ref: http://www.conversationagent.com/2016/05/elon-musk-reading-list.html

Elon Musk's Review:

Worth reading Merchants of Doubt. Same who tried to deny smoking deaths r denying climate change

ref: https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/338399341641342976

 

Zero to One
book
by Peter Thiel , Blake Masters

Elon Musk's Review:

Peter Thiel has built multiple breakthrough companies, and Zero to One shows how.

Ref: http://www.amazon.in/Zero-One-Notes-Startups-Future/dp/0804139296

Elon Musk's Review:

Actually, I'm reading a book called Twelve Against the Gods, by Bolitho. It's really quite good

Ref: http://www.afr.com/technology/elon-musks-book-choice-sends-twelve-against-the-gods-price-skyrocketing-20160810-gqpra1

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
book
by Robert A. Heinlein

Elon Musk's Review:

Robert Heinlein, obviously. I like The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

Ref: http://www.conversationagent.com/2016/05/elon-musk-reading-list.html

Elon Musk's Review:

May be a cautionary tale, he is sort of an interesting fella.

Ref: http://www.conversationagent.com/2016/05/elon-musk-reading-list.html

Elon Musk's Review:

I also like biographies of scientists. Obviously, about Tesla, absolutely great person.

Ref: http://favobooks.com/enterpreneurs/80-elon-musk.html

Elon Musk's Review:

While on the subject of AI risk, Our Final Invention is also worth reading.

Ref: https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/496010572333580289

Look to Windward (Culture)
book
by Iain M. Banks

Elon Musk's Review:

Reading Look to Windward by Banks. He is an amazing writer. Pantheon level.

Ref: https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/579504748014907393

Elon Musk's Review:

Elon Musk recommends Harlan Ellisons Book „I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream“

Ref: https://dieidee.eu/2016/02/05/elon-musk-recommends-harlan-ellisons-book-i-have-no-mouth-and-i-must-scream/

Andrew Carnegie
book
by Joseph Frazier Wall

Elon Musk's Review:

Elon Musk's Favorite Books

Recommendations from Elon + SpaceX

Ref: https://www.producthunt.com/e/elon-musk-s-favorite-books

Elon Musk's Review:

Elon Musk's Favorite Books

Recommendations from Elon + SpaceX

Ref: https://www.producthunt.com/e/elon-musk-s-favorite-books

Elon Musk's Review:

Elon Musk's Favorite Books

Recommendations from Elon + SpaceX

Ref: https://www.producthunt.com/e/elon-musk-s-favorite-books

Consider Phlebas (Culture)
book
by Iain M. Banks

Elon Musk's Review:

Elon Musk Names SpaceX Drone Ships in Honor of Iain M. Banks

Repairs almost done on the spaceport drone ship and have given it the name "Just Read the Instructions"

Elon Musk: @elonmusk ... In honor of IMB, RIP.

Ref: https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/558665515351019520

 

Elon Musk's Review:

Am reading Robert Massie's book on Catherine the Great. Yeah, I know what you're probably thinking ... did she really f* a horse?

Ref: https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/152598246475317248

Elon Musk's Review:

Elon has mentioned reading biographies in multiple interviews. 

Ref: https://www.producthunt.com/e/elon-musk-s-favorite-books

Elon Musk's Review:

Elon Musk's Favorite Books

Recommendations from Elon + SpaceX

Ref: https://www.producthunt.com/e/elon-musk-s-favorite-books

 

Elon Musk's Review:

Where are the #%*> aliens?

Elon Musk's Review:

Douglas Adams is awesome. When we ask questions they come along with our biases. You should really ask, ‘Is this the right question?’ And that’s hard to figure out.

Ref: http://www.brainsley.com/expert/elon-musk/210

 

It taught me that the tough thing is figuring out what questions to ask, but that once you do that, the rest is really easy.

Ref: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2012-09-13/elon-musk-the-21st-century-industrialist#p2

 

I guess when I was around 12 or 15…I had an existential crisis, and I was reading various books on trying to figure out the meaning of life  and what does it all mean? It all seemed quite meaningless and then we  happened to have some books by Nietzsche and Schopenhauer in the house,  which you should not read at age 14 (laughter). It is bad, it’s really negative. So then I read Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy which is quite positive I think and it highlighted an important point which is that a lot of times the question is harder than the answer. And if  you can properly phrase the question, then the answer is the easy part. So, to the degree that we can better understand the universe, then we  can better know what questions to ask. Then whatever the question is  that most approximates: what’s the meaning of life? That’s the question  we can ultimately get closer to understanding. And so I thought to the  degree that we can expand the scope and scale of consciousness and  knowledge, then that would be a good thing

Ref: http://www.freshdialogues.com/2013/02/07/transcript-of-elon-musk-interview-with-alison-van-diggelen-iron-man-growing-up-in-south-africa/

Elon Musk's Review:

I like biographies. I think they are really helpful. I like Franklin’s biography by Isaaksson, it’s really good. He was an entrepreneur, he started of nothing, just like a runaway kid. It was interesting to see how he is creating his business, then go to science and politics. I could say he is one of the people I most admire. Franklin is pretty awesome. He did what needed to be done at the time it needed to be done.

Ref: http://www.conversationagent.com/2016/05/elon-musk-reading-list.html

 

Elon Musk's Review:

I've been inspired by a lot of historical figures, One of my favorite guys is Ben Franklin. He just thought about what are the problems that need to get solved and worked on those. He seemed like a good guy all around. I like historical figures in science and literature.

Ref: http://www.wisdomread.com/entrepreneurs/elon-musk/

Elon Musk's Review:

Cantrell tells us that he soon discovered that he and Musk shared an affinity for applied knowledge, and he loaned him some textbooks to study. The books were "Rocket Propulsion Elements," "Aerothermodynamics of Gas Turbine and Rocket Propulsion," "Fundamentals of Astrodynamics," and the "International Reference Guide to Space Launch Systems."

He doesn't know exactly how Musk would read or take notes, but he knows that he practically memorized them.

"He would quote passages verbatim from these books. He became very conversant in the material," Cantrell says.

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.in/Former-SpaceX-Exec-Explains-How-Elon-Musk-Taught-Himself-Rocket-Science/articleshow/44918922.cms

Rocket Propulsion Elements
book
by George P. Sutton, Oscar Biblarz

Elon Musk's Review:

Cantrell tells us that he soon discovered that he and Musk shared an affinity for applied knowledge, and he loaned him some textbooks to study. The books were "Rocket Propulsion Elements," "Aerothermodynamics of Gas Turbine and Rocket Propulsion," "Fundamentals of Astrodynamics," and the "International Reference Guide to Space Launch Systems."

He doesn't know exactly how Musk would read or take notes, but he knows that he practically memorized them.

"He would quote passages verbatim from these books. He became very conversant in the material," Cantrell says.

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.in/Former-SpaceX-Exec-Explains-How-Elon-Musk-Taught-Himself-Rocket-Science/articleshow/44918922.cms

Fundamentals of Astrodynamics (Dover Books on Aeronautical Engineering)
book
by Roger R. Bate, Donald D. Mueller, Jerry E. White

Elon Musk's Review:

Cantrell tells us that he soon discovered that he and Musk shared an affinity for applied knowledge, and he loaned him some textbooks to study. The books were "Rocket Propulsion Elements," "Aerothermodynamics of Gas Turbine and Rocket Propulsion," "Fundamentals of Astrodynamics," and the "International Reference Guide to Space Launch Systems."

He doesn't know exactly how Musk would read or take notes, but he knows that he practically memorized them.

"He would quote passages verbatim from these books. He became very conversant in the material," Cantrell says.

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.in/Former-SpaceX-Exec-Explains-How-Elon-Musk-Taught-Himself-Rocket-Science/articleshow/44918922.cms

Fundamentals of Astrodynamics (Dover Books on Aeronautical Engineering)
book
by Roger R. Bate, Donald D. Mueller, Jerry E. White

Elon Musk's Review:

Cantrell tells us that he soon discovered that he and Musk shared an affinity for applied knowledge, and he loaned him some textbooks to study. The books were "Rocket Propulsion Elements," "Aerothermodynamics of Gas Turbine and Rocket Propulsion," "Fundamentals of Astrodynamics," and the "International Reference Guide to Space Launch Systems."

He doesn't know exactly how Musk would read or take notes, but he knows that he practically memorized them.

"He would quote passages verbatim from these books. He became very conversant in the material," Cantrell says.

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.in/Former-SpaceX-Exec-Explains-How-Elon-Musk-Taught-Himself-Rocket-Science/articleshow/44918922.cms

Elon Musk's Review:

Cantrell tells us that he soon discovered that he and Musk shared an affinity for applied knowledge, and he loaned him some textbooks to study. The books were "Rocket Propulsion Elements," "Aerothermodynamics of Gas Turbine and Rocket Propulsion," "Fundamentals of Astrodynamics," and the "International Reference Guide to Space Launch Systems."

He doesn't know exactly how Musk would read or take notes, but he knows that he practically memorized them.

"He would quote passages verbatim from these books. He became very conversant in the material," Cantrell says.

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.in/Former-SpaceX-Exec-Explains-How-Elon-Musk-Taught-Himself-Rocket-Science/articleshow/44918922.cms

Elon Musk's Review:

Worth reading.... We need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes

 

Ref: https://www.amazon.com/Superintelligence-Dangers-Strategies-Nick-Bostrom-ebook/dp/B00LOOCGB2

Elon Musk's Review:

Yeah I wouldn’t say I’m a huge admirer of anyone in particular on the political stage today. I mean, historically I would say Winston Churchill -- one of the greats.

Ref: http://www.wisdomread.com/entrepreneurs/elon-musk/

Elon Musk's Review:

It is really, really good if you want a primer on structural design

Ref: http://www.businessinsider.my/elon-musk-favorite-books-2015-10/6/#18gfEj70Z6VRL4uL.97

Elon Musk's Review:

I like Stranger in a Strange Land, although it kind of goes off the rails at the end

Ref: http://www.conversationagent.com/2016/05/elon-musk-reading-list.html

Elon Musk's Review:

Worth reading Merchants of Doubt. Same who tried to deny smoking deaths r denying climate change

ref: https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/338399341641342976

 

Zero to One
book
by Peter Thiel , Blake Masters

Elon Musk's Review:

Peter Thiel has built multiple breakthrough companies, and Zero to One shows how.

Ref: http://www.amazon.in/Zero-One-Notes-Startups-Future/dp/0804139296

Elon Musk's Review:

Actually, I'm reading a book called Twelve Against the Gods, by Bolitho. It's really quite good

Ref: http://www.afr.com/technology/elon-musks-book-choice-sends-twelve-against-the-gods-price-skyrocketing-20160810-gqpra1

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
book
by Robert A. Heinlein

Elon Musk's Review:

Robert Heinlein, obviously. I like The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

Ref: http://www.conversationagent.com/2016/05/elon-musk-reading-list.html

Elon Musk's Review:

May be a cautionary tale, he is sort of an interesting fella.

Ref: http://www.conversationagent.com/2016/05/elon-musk-reading-list.html

Elon Musk's Review:

I also like biographies of scientists. Obviously, about Tesla, absolutely great person.

Ref: http://favobooks.com/enterpreneurs/80-elon-musk.html

Elon Musk's Review:

While on the subject of AI risk, Our Final Invention is also worth reading.

Ref: https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/496010572333580289

Look to Windward (Culture)
book
by Iain M. Banks

Elon Musk's Review:

Reading Look to Windward by Banks. He is an amazing writer. Pantheon level.

Ref: https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/579504748014907393

Elon Musk's Review:

Elon Musk recommends Harlan Ellisons Book „I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream“

Ref: https://dieidee.eu/2016/02/05/elon-musk-recommends-harlan-ellisons-book-i-have-no-mouth-and-i-must-scream/

Andrew Carnegie
book
by Joseph Frazier Wall

Elon Musk's Review:

Elon Musk's Favorite Books

Recommendations from Elon + SpaceX

Ref: https://www.producthunt.com/e/elon-musk-s-favorite-books

Elon Musk's Review:

Elon Musk's Favorite Books

Recommendations from Elon + SpaceX

Ref: https://www.producthunt.com/e/elon-musk-s-favorite-books

Elon Musk's Review:

Elon Musk's Favorite Books

Recommendations from Elon + SpaceX

Ref: https://www.producthunt.com/e/elon-musk-s-favorite-books

Consider Phlebas (Culture)
book
by Iain M. Banks

Elon Musk's Review:

Elon Musk Names SpaceX Drone Ships in Honor of Iain M. Banks

Repairs almost done on the spaceport drone ship and have given it the name "Just Read the Instructions"

Elon Musk: @elonmusk ... In honor of IMB, RIP.

Ref: https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/558665515351019520

 

Elon Musk's Review:

Am reading Robert Massie's book on Catherine the Great. Yeah, I know what you're probably thinking ... did she really f* a horse?

Ref: https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/152598246475317248

Elon Musk's Review:

Elon has mentioned reading biographies in multiple interviews. 

Ref: https://www.producthunt.com/e/elon-musk-s-favorite-books

Elon Musk's Review:

Elon Musk's Favorite Books

Recommendations from Elon + SpaceX

Ref: https://www.producthunt.com/e/elon-musk-s-favorite-books

 

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