Elon Musk's 12 Books To Read On Tech, Engineering, and Science

Elon Musk's 12 book recommendations on technology, engineering, and science.

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Elon Musk, the mastermind behind many cutting-edge technological companies likes SpaceX, Tesla, Neuralink, The Boring Company, and OpenAI, is also an avid book reader.

From an early age, Elon would read almost anything he can get his hands on. He mentioned in one of the interviews how as a child he would spend hours and hours reading books. And apparently, many of those books shaped his passion for science, technology, and futuristic thinking. Like the books series Foundation by Isaac Asimov would inspire him to create SpaceX, a company for space exploration, with the main goal to establish a human colony on Mars by the year 2050, and make the human race an interplanetary species.

But getting inspired is one thing, doing it, is another thing. Elon famously became the chief design engineer for SpaceX after failing to find someone willing to take on this duty. You see, becoming a chief designer for a space company is not something you can just start doing without proper knowledge in propulsion engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, just to name a few. So, where did Elon got that knowledge from? Again, books.

Multiple times Elon would mention some book titles on his Twitter or in the interviews, that he recommends to everybody to read. Since Dev & Gear is a website devoted to technology, we created a list of 12 books that Elon recommends on technology, engineering, and science.

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