The 25 Most Practical STEM Books

The best books on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The 25 Most Practical STEM Books
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“The real source of our theories is conjecture [guessing], and the real source of our knowledge is conjecture alternating with criticism. We create theories by rearranging, combining, altering and adding to existing ideas with the intention of improving upon them.” – David Deutsch


  1. The Fabric of Reality by David Deutsch
  2. The Beginning of Infinity by David Deutsch
  3. The Evolution of Everything by Matt Ridley
  4. The Great Mental Models by Shane Parrish

Computer Science and Crypto

  1. Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software by Charles Petzold
  2. Competing in the Age of AI by Marco Iansiti
  3. The Book of Satoshi by Phil Champagne
  4. Hackers & Painters by Paul Graham
  5. AI Superpowers by Kai-Fu Lee
  6. The Bitcoin Standard by Saifedean Ammous
  7. The Fiat Standard by Saifedean Ammous
  8. The Truth Machine by Michael J. Casey and Paul Vigna


  1. The Princeton Companion to Mathematics by Timothy Gowers, et al.


  1. Behave by Robert Sapolsky


  1. Chemistry 9th Edition by Steven Zumdahl and Susan Zumdahl


  1. The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race by Walter Isaacson
  2. Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
  3. Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance
  4. Power Play: Tesla, Elon Musk, and the Bet of the Century by Tim Higgins

The Future of Technology

  1. The Future is Faster Than You Think by Peter Diamandis
  2. Bold by Peter Diamandis
  3. Rethinking Humanity by Tony Seba

Courses and Lectures

  1. Human Behavioral Biology (2010) by Robert Sapolsky
  2. ToK Cast by Brett Hall
  3. Chemistry Lessons by Martin Shkreli