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The Foundation Trilogy

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Isaac Asimov’s seminal Foundation trilogy—one of the cornerstones of modern speculative fiction—in a single hardcover volume. More than fifty years after their original publication, the three Foundation novels stand as classics of thrilling, provocative, and inspired world-building.

The Foundation Trilogy

by Isaac Asimov
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Isaac Asimov’s seminal Foundation trilogy—one of the cornerstones of modern speculative fiction—in a single hardcover volume. More than fifty years after their original publication, the three Foundation novels stand as classics of thrilling, provocative, and inspired world-building.
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In terms of sci-fi books, I think Isaac Asimov is really great. I like the Foundation series, probably one of the all-time best.

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What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life through an utterly engrossing journey that takes us to the frontiers of Artificial Intelligence.
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What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life through an utterly engrossing journey that takes us to the frontiers of Artificial Intelligence.
What Elon Musk says

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

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a comedy science fiction series, originally conceived as a radio series for BBC Radio 4. It was later written as a series of novels by the author. This edition collects in in one complete paperback volume the five classic novels from Douglas Adams’s beloved Hitchhiker series.
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a comedy science fiction series, originally conceived as a radio series for BBC Radio 4. It was later written as a series of novels by the author. This edition collects in in one complete paperback volume the five classic novels from Douglas Adams’s beloved Hitchhiker series.
What Elon Musk says

I read Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy when I was around 14 or 15. 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.

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For anyone who has ever wondered why suspension bridges don't collapse under eight lanes of traffic, how dams hold back-or give way under-thousands of gallons of water, or what principles guide the design of a skyscraper or a kangaroo, this book will ease your anxiety and answer your questions, JE Gordon strips engineering of its confusing technical terms, communicating its founding principles in accessible, witty prose.
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For anyone who has ever wondered why suspension bridges don't collapse under eight lanes of traffic, how dams hold back-or give way under-thousands of gallons of water, or what principles guide the design of a skyscraper or a kangaroo, this book will ease your anxiety and answer your questions, JE Gordon strips engineering of its confusing technical terms, communicating its founding principles in accessible, witty prose.
What Elon Musk says

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