Books Mentioned on Lex Fridman Podcast

Lex Fridman Book Recommendations

Find Lex Fridman Book Recommendations in his podcast with conversations about science, technology, history, philosophy and the nature of intelligence, consciousness, love, and power. Lex is an AI researcher at MIT and beyond.

Episode TitleRelease Date
Lex Fridman Podcast #409 – Matthew CoxWed, 17 Jan, 2024
Lex Fridman Podcast #404 – Lee Cronin
Lex Fridman Podcast #396 – James SextonSept 17, 2023
Lex Fridman Podcast #394 – Neri Oxman
#392 – Joscha BachTue, 1 Aug 2023
#391 – Palestine | Mohammed El-KurdMon, 24 Jul 2023
#390 - Yuval Noah Harari | Human Nature, Intelligence, Power, and ConspiraciesMon, 17 Jul 2023
#389 – Benjamin NetanyahuWed, 12 July 2023
#388 – Robert F. Kennedy Jr.Thu, 6 July 2023
#387 – George Hotz | Tiny Corp, Twitter, AI Safety, Self-Driving, GPT, AGI & GodThu, 29 Jun 2023
#386 – Marc Andreessen | Future of the Internet, Technology, and AIWed, 21 Jun 2023
#385 – Jimmy Wales | WikipediaSun, 18 Jun 2023
#384 – Matthew McConaughey | Freedom, Truth, Family, Hardship, and LoveTue, 13 Jun 2023
#382 – Bert Kreischer | Comedy, Drinking, Rogan, Segura, Churchill & Kim Jong UnMon, 5 Jun 2023
#380 – Neil Gershenfeld: Self-Replicating Robots and the Future of FabricationSun, 28 May 2023
#378 – Anna Frebel: Origin and Evolution of the Universe, Galaxies, and StarsThu, 18 May 2023
#377 – Freedom of Speech | Harvey SilverglateMon, 15 May 2023
#376 – ChatGPT and the Nature of Truth, Reality & Computation | Stephen WolframWed, 10 May 2023
#375 – David Pakman: Politics of Trump, Biden, Bernie, AOC, Socialism & WokeismSat, 6 May 2023
#371 – Max Tegmark: The Case for Halting AI DevelopmentThu, 13 Apr 2023
#370 – Edward Frenkel: Reality is a Paradox - Mathematics, Physics, Truth & LoveSun, 9 Apr 2023
#369 – Paul Rosolie: Amazon Jungle, Uncontacted Tribes, Anacondas, and AyahuascaThu, 6 Apr 2023
#368 – Eliezer Yudkowsky: Dangers of AI and the End of Human CivilizationThu, 30 Mar 2023
#367 – Sam Altman: OpenAI CEO on GPT-4, ChatGPT, and the Future of AISat, 25 Mar 2023
#365 – Sam Harris: Trump, Pandemic, Twitter, Elon, Bret, IDW, Kanye, AI & UFOsTue, 14 Mar 2023
#364 – Chris Voss: FBI Hostage NegotiatorFri, 10 Mar 2023
#362 – Ginni Rometty: IBM CEO on Leadership, Power, and AdversityThu, 2 Mar 2023
#361 – Aaron Smith-Levin: ScientologySat, 25 Feb 2023
#360 - Tim Urban: Wokeism, Cancel Culture, Social Justice, Marxism & LiberalismMon, 20 Feb 2023
#359 – Andrew Strominger: Black Holes, Quantum Gravity, and Theoretical PhysicsWed, Feb 15 2023
#358 – Aella: Sex Work, OnlyFans, Porn, Escorting, Dating, and Human SexualityFri, Feb 10 2023
#357 – Paul Conti: Narcissism, Sociopathy, Envy, and the Nature of Good and EvilTue, 07 Feb 2023
#356 – Tim Dodd: SpaceX, Starship, Rocket Engines, and Future of Space TravelThu, 02 Feb 2023
#354 – Jeremi Suri: American Civil WarWed, Jan 25 2023
#353 – Dennis Whyte: Nuclear Fusion and the Future of EnergySat, Jan 21 2023
#352 – Omar Suleiman: IslamTue, 17 Jan 2023
#349 – Bhaskar Sunkara: The Case for SocialismThu, 22 Dec 2022
#348 – Nathalie Cabrol: Search for Alien LifeMon, 19 Dec 2022
#347 – Michael Malice: Christmas SpecialThu, 15 Dec 2022
#346 – Ed Calderon: Mexican Drug CartelsMon, 12 Dec 2022
#345 – Coffeezilla: SBF, FTX, Fraud, Scams, Fake Gurus, Money, Fame, and PowerFri, 09 Dec 2022
#342 – Todd Howard: Skyrim, Elder Scrolls 6, Fallout, and StarfieldTue, 29 Nov 2022
#341 – Guido van Rossum: Python and the Future of ProgrammingSat, 26 Nov 2022
#340 – Chris Tarbell: FBI Agent Who Took Down Silk RoadTue, 22 Nov 2022
#339 – Climate Change Debate: Bjørn Lomborg and Andrew RevkinFri, 18 Nov 2022
#337 – Destiny: Politics, Free Speech, Controversy, Sex, War, and RelationshipsFri, 11 Nov 2022
#336 – Ben Shapiro: Politics, Kanye, Trump, Biden, Hitler, Extremism, and WarMon, 07 Nov 2022
#335 – Fiona Hill: Vladimir Putin and Donald TrumpFri, 04 Nov 2022
#334 – Abbas Amanat: Iran Protests, Mahsa Amini, History, CIA & Nuclear WeaponsWed, 02 Nov 2022
#333 – Andrej Karpathy: Tesla AI, Self-Driving, Optimus, Aliens, and AGISat, 29 Oct 2022
#331 – Balaji Srinivasan: How to Fix Government, Twitter, Science, and the FDAThu, 20 Oct 2022
#330 – Hikaru Nakamura: Chess, Magnus, Kasparov, and the Psychology of GreatnessMon, 17 Oct 2022
#329 – Kate Darling: Social Robots, Ethics, Privacy and the Future of MITSat, 15 Oct 2022
#327 – GothamChess: Hans Niemann, Magnus Carlsen, Cheating Scandal & Chess BotsFri, 07 Oct 2022
#326 – Annaka Harris: Free Will, Consciousness, and the Nature of RealityWed, 05 Oct 2022
#325 – Michael Levin: Biology, Life, Aliens, Evolution, Embryogenesis & XenobotsSat, 01 Oct 2022
#324 – Daniel Negreanu: PokerTue, 27 Sep 2022
#323 – Will Sasso: Comedy, MADtv, AI, Friendship, Madness, and Pro WrestlingSat, 24 Sep 2022
#322 – Rana el Kaliouby: Emotion AI, Social Robots, and Self-Driving CarsWed, 21 Sep 2022
#321 – Ray Kurzweil: Singularity, Superintelligence, and ImmortalitySat, 17 Sep 2022
#320 – Christopher Capozzola: World War I, Ideology, Propaganda, and PoliticsWed, 14 Sep 2022
#318 – Nick Lane: Origin of Life, Evolution, Aliens, Biology, and ConsciousnessWed, 07 Sep 2022
#317 – John Vervaeke: Meaning Crisis, Atheism, Religion & the Search for WisdomSun, 04 Sep 2022
#316 – Noam Chomsky: Putin, Ukraine, China, and Nuclear WarWed, 31 Aug 2022
#314 – Liv Boeree: Poker, Game Theory, AI, Simulation, Aliens & Existential RiskWed, 24 Aug 2022
#313 – Jordan Peterson: Life, Death, Power, Fame, and MeaningFri, 19 Aug 2022
#312 – Duncan Trussell: Comedy, Sentient Robots, Suffering, Love & Burning ManTue, 16 Aug 2022
#309 – John Carmack: Doom, Quake, VR, AGI, Programming, Video Games, and RocketsThu, 04 Aug 2022
#308 – Ryan Graves: UFOs, Fighter Jets, and AliensMon, 01 Aug 2022
#307 – Brian Armstrong: Coinbase, Cryptocurrency, and Government RegulationFri, 29 Jul 2022
#305 – Martin Rees: Black Holes, Alien Life, Dark Matter, and the Big BangSat, 23 Jul 2022
#303 – Steve Keen: Marxism, Capitalism, and EconomicsSun, 17 Jul 2022
#302 – Richard Haier: IQ Tests, Human Intelligence, and Group DifferencesThu, 14 Jul 2022
#301 – Jack Barsky: KGB SpySat, 09 Jul 2022
#300 – Joe Rogan: Comedy, Controversy, Aliens, UFOs, Putin, CIA, and FreedomMon, 04 Jul 2022
#296 – Douglas Murray: Racism, Marxism, and the War on the WestTue, 21 Jun 2022
#294 – Tony Fadell: iPhone, iPod, and NestWed, 15 Jun 2022
#293 – Donald Hoffman: Reality is an Illusion – How Evolution Hid the TruthSun, 12 Jun 2022
#292 – Robin Hanson: Alien Civilizations, UFOs, and the Future of HumanityThu, 09 Jun 2022
#291 – Jonathan Haidt: The Case Against Social MediaSat, 04 Jun 2022
#281 – Grimes: Music, AI, and the Future of HumanityFri, 29 Apr 2022
#276 – Michael Saylor: Bitcoin, Inflation, and the Future of MoneyThu, 14 Apr 2022
#274 – Karl Deisseroth: Depression, Schizophrenia, and PsychiatryThu, 07 Apr 2022
#273 – Chris Blattman: War and ViolenceSun, 03 Apr 2022
#263 – John Abramson: Big PharmaFri, 11 Feb 2022
#261 – Philip Goff: Consciousness, Panpsychism, and the Philosophy of MindThu, 03 Feb 2022
#257 – Brian Keating: Cosmology, Astrophysics, Aliens & Losing the Nobel PrizeTue, 18 Jan 2022
#256 – Nationalism Debate: Yaron Brook and Yoram HazonySat, 15 Jan 2022
#252 – Elon Musk: SpaceX, Mars, Tesla Autopilot, Self-Driving, Robotics, and AITue, 28 Dec 2021
#251 – Ray Dalio: Money, Power, and the Collapse of EmpiresSat, 25 Dec 2021
#234 – Stephen Wolfram: Complexity and the Fabric of RealityWed, 27 Oct 2021
#197 – Jocko Willink: War, Leadership, and DisciplineMon, 05 Jul 2021
#185 – Sam Harris: Consciousness, Free Will, Psychedelics, AI, UFOs, and MeaningThu, 20 May 2021
#161 - Jason Calacanis: Startups, Angel Investing, Capitalism, and FriendshipMon, 15 Feb 2021
#159 - Richard Craib: WallStreetBets, Numerai, and the Future of Stock TradingSun, 07 Feb 2021
#157 - Natalya Bailey: Rocket Engines and Electric Spacecraft PropulsionMon, 01 Feb 2021
#156 – Tim Dillon: Comedy, Power, Conspiracy Theories, and FreedomFri, 29 Jan 2021
#155 - Max Tegmark: AI and PhysicsMon, 18 Jan 2021
#154 – Avi Loeb: Aliens, Black Holes, and the Mystery of the OumuamuaThu, 14 Jan 2021
#153 - Dmitry Korkin: Evolution of Proteins, Viruses, Life, and AIMon, 11 Jan 2021
#152 - Dan Gable: Olympic Wrestling, Mental Toughness & the Making of ChampionsSat, 09 Jan 2021
#151 – Dan Kokotov: Speech Recognition with AI and HumansMon, 04 Jan 2021
#150 - Michael Malice: The White Pill, Freedom, Hope, and Happiness Amidst ChaosThu, 31 Dec 2020
#149 - Diana Walsh Pasulka: Aliens, Technology, Religion, and the Nature of BeliefMon, 28 Dec 2020
#147 - Dmitri Dolgov: Waymo and the Future of Self-Driving CarsSun, 20 Dec 2020
#145 - Matthew Johnson: PsychedelicsMon, 14 Dec 2020
#144 - Michael Littman: Reinforcement Learning and the Future of AISun, 13 Dec 2020
#143 – John Clarke: The Art of Fighting and the Pursuit of ExcellenceSun, 06 Dec 2020
#142 - Manolis Kellis: Meaning of Life, the Universe, and EverythingMon, 30 Nov 2020
#141 - Erik Brynjolfsson: Economics of AI, Social Networks, and TechnologyWed, 25 Nov 2020
#140 – Lisa Feldman Barrett: Love, Evolution, and the Human BrainFri, 20 Nov 2020
#139 - Andrew Huberman: Neuroscience of Optimal PerformanceMon, 16 Nov 2020
#136 – Dan Carlin: Hardcore HistoryTue, 03 Nov 2020
#127 – Joe Rogan: Conversations, Ideas, Love, Freedom & The Joe Rogan ExperienceSat, 26 Sep 2020
#122 – David Fravor: UFOs, Aliens, Fighter Jets, and Aerospace EngineeringTue, 08 Sep 2020
#116 – Sara Seager: Search for Planets and Life Outside Our Solar SystemSun, 16 Aug 2020
#115 – Dileep George: Brain-Inspired AIFri, 14 Aug 2020
#114 - Russ Tedrake: Underactuated Robotics, Control, Dynamics and TouchSun, 09 Aug 2020
#112 – Ian Hutchinson: Nuclear Fusion, Plasma Physics, and ReligionWed, 29 Jul 2020
#109 – Brian Kernighan: UNIX, C, AWK, AMPL, and Go ProgrammingSat, 18 Jul 2020
#107 – Peter Singer: Suffering in Humans, Animals, and AIWed, Jul 8 2020
#104 – David Patterson: Computer Architecture and Data StorageSat, 27 Jun 2020
#103 – Ben Goertzel: Artificial General IntelligenceMon, 22 Jun 2020
#102 – Steven Pressfield: The War of ArtSat, 20 Jun 2020
#96 – Stephen Schwarzman: Going Big in Business, Investing, and AIFri, 15 May 2020
#92 – Harry Cliff: Particle Physics and the Large Hadron ColliderWed, 29 Apr 2020
#91 – Jack Dorsey: Square, Cryptocurrency, and Artificial IntelligenceFri, 24 Apr 2020
#89 – Stephen Wolfram: Cellular Automata, Computation, and PhysicsSat, 18 Apr 2020
#87 – Richard Dawkins: Evolution, Intelligence, Simulation, and MemesThu, 09 Apr 2020
#86 – David Silver: AlphaGo, AlphaZero, and Deep Reinforcement LearningFri, 03 Apr 2020
#85 – Roger Penrose: Physics of Consciousness and the Infinite UniverseTue, 31 Mar 2020
#84 - William MacAskill: Effective AltruismSun, 29 Mar 2020
#83 – Nick Bostrom: Simulation and SuperintelligenceThu, 26 Mar 2020
#82 – Simon Sinek: Leadership, Hard Work, Optimism and the Infinite GameSat, 21 Mar 2020
#81 – Anca Dragan: Human-Robot Interaction and Reward EngineeringThu, 19 Mar 2020
#80 – Vitalik Buterin: Ethereum, Cryptocurrency, and the Future of MoneyMon, 16 Mar 2020
#79 – Lee Smolin: Quantum Gravity and Einstein's Unfinished RevolutionSat, 07 Mar 2020
#76 – John Hopfield: Physics View of the Mind and NeurobiologySat, 29 Feb 2020
#75 – Marcus Hutter: Universal Artificial Intelligence, AIXI, and AGIWed, 26 Feb 2020
#69 – David Chalmers: The Hard Problem of ConsciousnessWed, Jan 29 2020
#67 – Paul Krugman: Economics of Innovation, Automation, Safety Nets & UBITue, Jan 21 2020
#65 – Daniel Kahneman: Thinking Fast and Slow, Deep Learning, and AITue, Jan 14 2020
#62 – Donald Knuth: Algorithms, Complexity, and The Art of Computer ProgrammingMon, Dec 30 2019
#61 – Melanie Mitchell: Concepts, Analogies, Common Sense & Future of AISat, Dec 28 2019
#60 – Jim Gates: Supersymmetry, String Theory and Proving Einstein RightWed, Dec 25 2019
#59 – Sebastian Thrun: Flying Cars, Autonomous Vehicles, and EducationSat, Dec 21 2019
#58 - Michael Stevens: VsauceTue, Dec 17 2019
#56 - Judea Pearl: Causal Reasoning, Counterfactuals, and the Path to AGIWed, Dec 11 2019
#55 - Whitney Cummings: Comedy, Robotics, Neurology, and LoveThu, Dec 5 2019
#54 - Ray Dalio: Principles, the Economic Machine, AI & the Arc of LifeMon, Dec 2 2019
#52 - Gilbert Strang: Linear Algebra, Teaching, and MIT OpenCourseWareMon, Nov 25 2019
#50 - Michael Kearns: Algorithmic Fairness, Privacy & EthicsTue, Nov 19 2019
#48 - Bjarne Stroustrup: C++Thu, Nov 7 2019
#47 - Sean Carroll: Quantum Mechanics and the Many-Worlds InterpretationFri, Nov 1 2019
#46 - Garry Kasparov: Chess, Deep Blue, AI, and PutinSun, 27 Oct 2019
#45 - Michio Kaku: Future of Humans, Aliens, Space Travel & PhysicsTue, 22 Oct 2019
#2 – Christof Koch: ConsciousnessTue, 29 May 2018
#1 - Max Tegmark: Life 3.0Thu, 19 Apr 2018

Lex Fridman's Top Book Recommendations for Intellectual Growth

Lex Fridman is a renowned AI researcher and a popular podcast host. His podcast, the Lex Fridman Podcast, has gained immense popularity due to the diverse range of topics and guests he invites. Apart from his research and podcast, Lex is also known for his love of books. He has often shared his book recommendations on his podcast, social media, and personal website.

Lex Fridman’s book recommendations cover a wide range of genres, including science, technology, philosophy, and fiction. His recommendations are not limited to recent publications but also include classic literature. Lex’s book recommendations are highly regarded and sought after by his followers, who trust his judgment and taste in literature. He has recommended books by famous authors like George Orwell, Marcus Aurelius, and Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Lex Fridman’s book recommendations can be found on his personal website, social media, and podcast. His website, the Lex Fridman Library, is a collection of book recommendations from his podcast guests. His social media accounts, including Twitter and Instagram, often feature book recommendations and reviews. Lex’s book recommendations are highly regarded by his followers, who appreciate his diverse range of choices and his passion for literature.

Lex Fridman: A Brief Overview

Lex Fridman is a prominent AI researcher, podcaster, and educator. He is known for his contributions to the field of autonomous vehicles and his popular podcast, the Lex Fridman Podcast. Fridman has interviewed a wide range of guests, including scientists, entrepreneurs, and public figures, and has gained a large following on social media.

Fridman’s podcast has become a popular platform for discussing topics related to AI, machine learning, and robotics. He has interviewed experts in these fields, including researchers from MIT, Stanford, and other top universities. The podcast is known for its in-depth discussions and thoughtful analysis of complex topics.

In addition to his podcast, Fridman has also made a name for himself as an educator. He has taught courses on AI and machine learning at MIT and has developed online courses on these topics as well. His courses are known for their rigor and depth, and have been praised by students and educators alike.

Fridman’s book recommendations are highly regarded in the AI and machine learning communities. He has recommended a wide range of books on these topics, including “Life 3.0” by Max Tegmark, “The Master Algorithm” by Pedro Domingos, and “Superintelligence” by Nick Bostrom. His recommendations are often accompanied by thoughtful analysis and commentary, making them a valuable resource for anyone interested in these fields.

Overall, Lex Fridman is a respected figure in the AI and machine learning communities, known for his expertise, thoughtful analysis, and commitment to education. His podcast and book recommendations have become important resources for anyone interested in these fields.

Lex Fridman's Book Recommendations

Lex Fridman is a prominent AI researcher and a podcast host. He is known for his intellectual curiosity and his love for reading. He has recommended many books over the years, covering a wide range of topics from science and technology to philosophy and literature.

Fridman’s reading list is available on his website, where he provides both shorter-term and longer-term suggestions. Some of his recent recommendations include “Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari, “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor E. Frankl, and “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield.

Fridman’s recommended books are not limited to non-fiction. He is also a fan of science fiction and has recommended classics like “1984” by George Orwell and “Dune” by Frank Herbert. He has also recommended contemporary works like “The Three-Body Problem” by Liu Cixin.

Fridman’s book recommendations are not only limited to his personal website. He has also recommended books on his podcast, where he interviews a wide range of guests from different fields. Some of the most recommended books on his podcast include “The Beginning of Infinity” by David Deutsch, “Life 3.0” by Max Tegmark, and “The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov.

Overall, Fridman’s book recommendations are a great resource for anyone looking to expand their knowledge and understanding of the world. Whether you are interested in science, philosophy, or literature, there is something for everyone on his reading list.

Artificial Intelligence and Technology

AI in Lex Fridman's Reading List

Lex Fridman is a renowned AI researcher and a prominent figure in the world of technology. It comes as no surprise that AI is a recurring theme in his book recommendations. One of the most recommended books on his list is “Life 3.0” by Max Tegmark. The book explores the potential impact of artificial intelligence on humanity and how we can ensure that AI develops in a way that benefits us all.

Another classic book that Fridman recommends is “I, Robot” by Isaac Asimov. This science fiction novel explores the relationship between humans and intelligent robots, and the ethical dilemmas that arise when intelligent machines become a part of our lives.

Technology and Engineering Books

Aside from AI, Lex Fridman’s book recommendations also cover a wide range of topics in technology and engineering. One of the most recommended books in this category is “The Foundation Trilogy” by Isaac Asimov. This classic science fiction series explores the concept of psychohistory, a mathematical discipline that can predict the future of large groups of people.

Another book that Fridman recommends is “The Player of Games” by Iain M. Banks. This science fiction novel explores the concept of game theory and how it can be used to manipulate and control societies.

In addition to science fiction, Fridman also recommends books on more practical topics in technology and engineering. One such book is “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries, which provides a methodology for building successful startups by using a combination of experimentation, iterative product releases, and customer feedback.

Overall, Lex Fridman’s book recommendations cover a wide range of topics in artificial intelligence, technology, and engineering. Whether you’re interested in exploring the potential impact of AI on humanity, reading classic science fiction novels, or learning about practical strategies for building successful startups, there’s something for everyone on his list.

Philosophy and Self-Improvement

Philosophical Books

Lex Fridman’s book recommendations include a number of philosophical works that offer insights into the human condition and the nature of reality. Among them is “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius, which provides a collection of personal writings by the Roman Emperor that reflect on the Stoic philosophy of life. The book offers practical advice on how to live a virtuous life and find inner peace amidst the chaos of daily life.

Another classic philosophical work recommended by Fridman is “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu. This ancient Chinese text offers insights into military strategy that can also be applied to everyday life. The book teaches readers how to think strategically and plan ahead, as well as how to adapt to changing circumstances and overcome obstacles.

Self-Improvement and Motivation

Fridman’s book recommendations also include several works that focus on self-improvement and motivation. One such book is “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield, which explores the concept of resistance and how it can prevent individuals from achieving their goals. The book offers practical advice on how to overcome resistance and tap into one’s creative potential.

Another book recommended by Fridman is “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor E. Frankl. This powerful memoir explores Frankl’s experiences as a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp, and how he was able to find meaning and purpose in his life even in the face of extreme suffering. The book offers insights into the power of the human spirit and the importance of finding meaning in one’s life.

Finally, Fridman recommends “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek, which explores the importance of purpose and motivation in achieving success. The book offers practical advice on how to identify one’s purpose and communicate it effectively to others, as well as how to stay motivated and focused on one’s goals.

Literature and Fiction

Lex Fridman’s book recommendations include a wide range of literature and fiction books. The books listed under this category are great reads for anyone who is interested in exploring the depths of human emotions and the complexities of life.

Classic Literature

Lex Fridman’s reading list includes a number of classic literature books that are widely regarded as some of the best works of fiction ever written. These books are timeless and continue to be relevant today. Some of the classic literature books recommended by Lex Fridman are:

  • Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky

These books are all known for their beautiful prose, vivid characters, and timeless themes. They are great reads for anyone who wants to explore the depths of human emotions and the complexities of life.

Science Fiction

Lex Fridman is a renowned AI researcher and a prominent figure in the world of technology. It’s no surprise that his book recommendations include a number of science fiction books. Science fiction is a genre that explores the possibilities of the future and the impact of technology on society. Some of the science fiction books recommended by Lex Fridman are:

  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  • The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

Science fiction is a genre that is constantly evolving and pushing the boundaries of what is possible. These books are all great reads for anyone who is interested in exploring the possibilities of the future and the impact of technology on society.

History and Society

Lex Fridman’s book recommendations cover a wide range of topics related to history and society. In this section, we will explore some of the books he recommends in this category.

Historical Books

One of the most recommended books in this category is “Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari. This book explores the history of humankind from the emergence of Homo sapiens in Africa to the present day. It covers the cognitive, agricultural, and scientific revolutions and their impact on human societies. Lex Fridman has recommended this book on multiple occasions, and it is a must-read for anyone interested in history.

Another book that Lex Fridman recommends is “The Changing World Order” by Ray Dalio. This book provides a historical perspective on the rise and fall of empires and how they have shaped the world order. It also provides insights into the current geopolitical landscape and the challenges facing the world today. Lex Fridman has praised this book for its clear and concise analysis of complex issues.

Social and Political Books

Lex Fridman also recommends books that explore social and political issues. One such book is “The Righteous Mind” by Jonathan Haidt. This book explores the moral foundations of politics and how they shape our beliefs and values. It also provides insights into how we can bridge the political divide and find common ground. Lex Fridman has recommended this book for its insightful analysis of human nature and its relevance to current political debates.

Another book that Lex Fridman recommends is “The Dictator’s Handbook” by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith. This book explores the principles of political power and how they are used by dictators and democrats alike. It provides insights into the incentives that drive political behavior and how they shape the policies of governments. Lex Fridman has recommended this book for its clear and concise analysis of complex political issues.

In conclusion, Lex Fridman’s book recommendations cover a wide range of topics related to history and society. Whether you are interested in the history of humankind or the principles of political power, there is a book on his list that will pique your interest.

Psychology and Emotion

Psychological Books

Lex Fridman is known for his interest in psychology and the human mind. He has recommended several books on the topic, including “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor E. Frankl. This book explores the human search for meaning and purpose, even in the face of extreme suffering. Another book that Fridman has recommended is “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman, which explains how the human mind processes information and makes decisions.

One book that Fridman has discussed extensively on his podcast is “How Emotions Are Made” by Lisa Feldman Barrett. This book challenges the traditional view of emotions as innate and universal, instead arguing that they are constructed by the brain and influenced by culture and individual experiences. Fridman has praised the book for its insights into the workings of the human mind and its implications for fields such as psychology and artificial intelligence.

Books on Emotion

Fridman has also recommended several books on the topic of emotion, including “The Emotional Brain” by Joseph LeDoux. This book explores the neuroscience of emotion and the role of the amygdala in processing emotional stimuli. Fridman has praised the book for its clear and accessible explanations of complex concepts.

Another book that Fridman has recommended is “The Book of Human Emotions” by Tiffany Watt Smith. This book offers a comprehensive guide to the many different emotions that humans experience, from the familiar (such as happiness and sadness) to the more obscure (such as schadenfreude and ennui). Fridman has praised the book for its engaging writing style and its insights into the diversity of human experience.

In summary, Lex Fridman has recommended several books on psychology and emotion, including “Man’s Search for Meaning,” “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” “How Emotions Are Made,” “The Emotional Brain,” and “The Book of Human Emotions.” These books offer insights into the workings of the human mind and the construction of emotions, and are valuable resources for anyone interested in these topics.

Art and Music

Books on Art

Lex Fridman is known for his diverse interests and his love for art is no exception. He has recommended several books that explore different aspects of art, ranging from the history of art to the techniques of drawing. One of his top recommendations is “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield, which is a must-read for anyone looking to overcome creative blocks and unleash their full potential.

Another book that Lex has recommended is “Essential Bukowski: Poetry” by Charles Bukowski. This book is a collection of poems that reflect Bukowski’s raw and unfiltered view of the world. It is a great read for anyone who wants to explore the darker side of life and gain a deeper understanding of the human condition.

Music in Lex's Life

Music is an integral part of Lex Fridman’s life, and he has shared his love for music on several occasions. In one of his podcasts, he talked about his favorite music genres, which include classical, rock, and electronic music. He also mentioned that he enjoys listening to music while working, and that it helps him stay focused and productive.

Lex has also recommended several music-related books, including “The Rest Is Noise” by Alex Ross. This book explores the history of 20th-century classical music and how it has shaped our cultural landscape. Another book that Lex has recommended is “This Is Your Brain on Music” by Daniel Levitin, which explores the science behind music and how it affects our brains.

In conclusion, Lex Fridman’s book recommendations on art and music reflect his diverse interests and his deep appreciation for creativity and expression. Whether you are an artist, musician, or simply someone who enjoys exploring different forms of art, Lex’s recommendations are sure to inspire and enrich your life.


In conclusion, Lex Fridman’s book recommendations are a valuable resource for anyone looking to expand their reading list. His diverse range of recommendations covers everything from classic literature to modern philosophy, and his passion for reading is evident in the way he discusses each book.

One of the standout features of Fridman’s recommendations is their focus on personal growth and development. Many of the books he suggests, such as Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning” and Ryan Holiday’s “The Obstacle is the Way,” offer insights into how to live a more fulfilling life.

Another strength of Fridman’s recommendations is their inclusivity. He includes books from a variety of cultures and backgrounds, such as “Siddhartha” by Hermann Hesse and “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu, ensuring that readers can broaden their horizons and gain new perspectives.

Overall, Fridman’s book recommendations are a testament to the power of reading to broaden our minds and enrich our lives. Whether you’re looking to learn something new, gain a fresh perspective, or simply enjoy a good story, there’s something on his list for everyone.