8 Things You Must Read for Improving Your General Knowledge
Editorials News | Jun-18-2019
You are focused on the topics in which you can progress to enter the university that you want one day and realize that you do not know much more. Let's say that you want to study engineering and you are studying Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry at AS level. You have memorized more formulas than you can shake in a Bunsen stove. You already know enough laws named after years of the seventeenth century to fill an alphabet. You never have known a graphic which you did not like. But once you finish your exams and start your summer vacation, you will realize that you have not read anything that does not check a textbook in the months, and you do not know who the Prime Minister is.
Nor is it a problem restricted to possible engineers. All subject areas may be equally prone to this painful intensity of focus. It is not a bad way to be when you are in the depths of the exam season. But what happens when they arise from another side and decide what a complete human being wants to be able to have a conversation about topics unrelated to engineering? We have compiled this list of recommended things to read about the topic on any subject you can think of.
1. The Economist
The Economist is a weekly news magazine, published in London but sold around the world. It stands out for being a genuinely international vision of economics and politics; Their action in the trade is stories that explore things like the economic and political ramifications of, say, problems with harvesting the sweet potato crop from Burundi.
2. The London Review of Books
The LRB is a fortnightly magazine of literary and intellectual essays: the current issue has essays on the Iliad, on the poetry that it does not like, on the republican nomination for the presidential elections of 2016 in the United States and on the writer Joseph Mitchell. Most problems are comparatively eclectic.
3. A brief history of time
The first of our specific book recommendations: A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking, is the best-selling popular science book of all time.
4. XKCD: What happens if
A brief history of time was too mathematical for you, this is an alternative popular science book that will improve your general knowledge in unexpected ways.
5. Very short introductions
The press of the University of Oxford has published more than 500 presentations to date.
6. Little Black Classics
As a celebration of the 80th anniversary of Penguin Books, Penguin launched a series called "Little Black Classics": paperbacks from 80 p.
7. Thinking, fast and slow.
The writer of Fast and Slow Thinking, Daniel Kahneman is a psychologist in the unusual position of having won the Nobel Prize in Economics, while challenging the theory that our economic behavior is based on rational decision making.
8. BBC Breaking News
Twitter can be a remarkable mechanism to improve your general knowledge in small fragments of 140 characters.
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