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Albert Einstein’s Reading List

Albert Einstein’s Reading List

An extraordinary genius, Albert Einstein was a world-renowned theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity.

A young Albert Einstein started a book club at the Olympia Academy.

Einstein had this to say about reading books: “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” ⁠—Albert Einstein

Here is a list of 8 of Albert Einstein’s favorite books.


Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes


Ethics by Baruch Spinoza


Analysis of Sensations by Ernst Mach


A Treatise of Human Nature by David Hume


A System of Logic by John Stuart Mill


The Grammar of Science by Karl Pearson


Science and Hypothesis by Henri Poincare


The Collected Works of Johann von Goethe

You may not be surprised that Albert Einstein loved to read books. But did you know Marilyn Monroe was an avid reader?

Another Hollywood star Audrey Hepburn loved to read books.

She may be a cartoon character, but don’t forget to check out Lisa Simpson’s reading list from The Simpsons. It’s impressive! Meanwhile the boys at fictional Welton Academy in the film Dead Poets Society read these books recommended by John Keating.

Beloved author Jane Austen read these books.

The 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, who grew up in poverty and never went to college, said: “All I have learned, I learned from books.” Here is a sampling of Abraham Lincoln’s favorite books.

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