5 famous inventor biographies

The lives behind a few key inventors.

  • Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron, was considered to be one of the first computer programmers.
  • Inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, was also a socially conscious man.
  • The Wright Brothers took the sky with minimal funding and support.
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Technology & Innovation

6 thoughtful and inspiring books for children

Books that will sharpen the youthful mind.

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  • Allegories like Orwell's Animal Farm take complex ideas and turn them into an approachable tale.
  • Aesop's Fables ancient insight is still relevant for any human growing up today.
  • The Little Prince teaches children to view the world through a more wondrous lens of reality.
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Personal Growth

6 books on the occult and mysticism

Biographies, treatises and stories on the occult and its strange cast of characters.

  • Almost by definition, the occult is a mysterious, hidden and captivating genre.
  • These six books help illuminate occult thinking and history for the curious reader.
  • Ranging from Cornelius Agrippa in the 16th century to Alesiter Crowley, also known as "the wickedest man in the world," these books are sure to entertain and provide their readers with a solid background in the occult and mysticism.
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Behold, the '70s sci-fi book series that popularized the Illuminati conspiracy

Modern notions about the Illuminati are the result of a satirical cult-classic book.

Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson
  • The historical Illuminati was a failed 18th century Bavarian secret society.
  • Current Illuminati conspiracies stem from a satirical '70s counterculture book.
  • Authors Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson's intent was to sow chaotic disinformation just for the satire.
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Culture & Religion

10 novels that brilliantly capture the American experience

The distance between the American dream and reality is expressed best through literature.

American novelist, writer, playwright, poet, essayist and civil rights activist James Baldwin poses at his home in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, southern France, on November 6, 1979. (Photo: Ralph Gatti/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Literature expands our ability to feel empathy and inspires compassion.
  • These 10 novels tackle some facet of the American experience.
  • The list includes a fictional retelling of the first Native American to graduate from Harvard, and hiding out in inner-city Newark.
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