Dive into the literary world of Naval Ravikant, Co-founder of AngelList.

Naval Ravikant is a renowned entrepreneur and investor, widely recognized for his role in co-founding AngelList, a platform that revolutionizes the way startups are funded and find talent. Beyond his achievements in technology and venture capital, Naval is also a philosopher-entrepreneur, offering deep insights into the intersections of economics, wealth, and personal philosophy through various media, including his popular podcast and Twitter threads. His approach to life and business is highly analytical yet imbued with a search for deeper meaning, which has garnered him a large following among tech professionals and self-improvement enthusiasts alike.

Read what you love until you love to read.❞ — Naval Ravikant

Naval's voracious reading habit is integral to his intellectual framework; he is a strong advocate for lifelong learning through books. He frequently shares book recommendations and emphasizes the importance of reading for personal development. His reading interests are eclectic, spanning from classic literature and economic theory to spiritual texts and modern self-help books. Ravikant's insights often reflect a synthesis of the ideas he absorbs from his diverse reading, illustrating how he applies broad knowledge to life and business strategies.

Naval Ravikant's Favorite Books

Last Updated: May 2024

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Yuval Noah Harari provides a compelling overview of the history of our species from the emergence of ancient human tribes to the present day, exploring how biology and history have defined us.
Also recommended by:
Bill Gates  Tom Hanks 

The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World

David Deutsch explores a broad range of scientific, philosophical, and cultural topics, arguing that through the pursuit of explanations, humans are capable of unlimited intellectual and practical progress.
Also recommended by:
Sam Altman 

Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words

Randall Munroe uses line drawings and only the thousand most common English words to explain how various scientific and mechanical processes work.
Also recommended by:
Bill Gates 

Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher

Richard Feynman's introduction to physics, this book distills key concepts in physics with clarity and brilliance, based on his legendary teaching methodology.

Thinking Physics: Understandable Practical Reality

Lewis Carroll Epstein's guide simplifies complex physics problems and teaches critical thinking through practical questions and answers that demystify the laws of physics.

The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms

A collection of philosophical insights and aphorisms by Nassim Nicholas Taleb that challenge modern perceptions of logic, success, and life's uncertainties.

The Book of Life: Daily Meditations with Krishnamurti

A collection of thoughtful meditations for each day of the year, drawn from the teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti, focusing on themes of self-awareness, truth, and understanding.

Reality is Not What it Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity

Carlo Rovelli takes readers on a journey through the history of scientific thought about the structure of the universe, leading to his own theory of quantum gravity.

The Lessons of History

Will and Ariel Durant distill the most important lessons from their extensive studies of history and civilization, exploring the recurring themes and trends over the millennia.

Jed McKenna's Theory of Everything: The Enlightened Perspective

This book offers a radical and challenging interpretation of enlightenment, blending spiritual wisdom with a critique of the human condition, presented in a direct and uncompromising style.

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

Carlo Rovelli elegantly introduces the beauty and simplicity of the most fundamental concepts in physics, from the structure of the universe, to quantum mechanics, to black holes, and beyond.

Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger

A collection of speeches and wisdom from Charles T. Munger, presenting his insightful and pragmatic investment philosophies and business strategies.
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