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Read the books that helped sharpen the mind of SpaceX founder Elon Musk
Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down
by J E Gordon
This book is an informal explanation of the basic forces that hold together the ordinary and essential things of this world. In a style that combines wit, a masterful command of his subject, and an encyclopedic range of reference, Gordon includes chapters such as ‘How to Design a Worm’ and ‘The Advantage of Being a Beam,’ offering humorous insights in human and natural creation.
Einstein: His Life and Universe
The book revolves around letters written by Einstein. The biography offers an insight into the life of the great physics prodigy. Right from his failure to be a good husband, father, and a teacher, the book explores how an ordinary man became extraordinary enough to decode the mysteries of the universe.
Ignition! An informal history of liquid rocket propellants
by John D Clark
This book has the right mix of technical details, descriptions of experiments with spectacular results and background information about the why’s and how’s of rocket science. Clark captures his vivid enthusiasm for rockets well in this engaging and informative book.
by J R R Tolkien This classic fiction has been Musk’s all-time favourite. In an interview to The New Yorker, Musk said that he would read a lot of science fiction and fantasy in his loneliness. He felt that the heroes of these fantasy books thought it was their duty to save the world, which served as an inspiration to him.
The Lord of the Rings
Do you set your alarm for half an hour earlier than you need to, then hit snooze three times before finally getting up? Bad idea. You end up cheating yourself of 30 minutes of restorative sleep as you slip in and out of light and poor quality sleep. As a result, you’ll end up feeling more tired in the day.
Set your alarm clock for when you need to wake up and pop the clock on the other side of the room so you have to get up to turn it off. Chances are you won’t sneak back into bed after that.
A t rial published i n The Journal of t he American Dental Association found that volunteers who first brushed their teeth with a dry toothbrush (followed by a session with toothpaste) had a 63 per cent reduction in plaque and a 55 per cent reduction in bleeding gums. “Bristles tend to be stiffer when dry and hence they remove more plaque,” explains dentist Dr Stephen Pitt. Plus, you’re more likely to keep brushing for longer with a dry brush because you can feel when teeth surfaces are clean with your tongue. When you use toothpaste, your mouth feels minty quickly, so you may stop brushing before plaque is removed. With a dry brush, you’re not restricted to the bathroom, so you can spend longer brushing as you do other morning activities. But use toothpaste for fluoride protection.
Don’t just stand in the shower — stretch. This improves circulation and gets your lymphatic system moving — which helps get rid of toxins. The warmth of the water will help your muscles move with more ease. First, lean down and try to touch your toes. Hold for 30 seconds. Lift your arms over your head and push towards the sky. This lengthens your spine and can help improve posture.
Drinking coffee on an empty stomach can cause heartburn, indigestion and blood sug- ar f luctuations which can make us irritable. What’s more, a morning coffee might not have the wake-up effect you crave.
Between 8-9 am, our levels of cortisol (a hormone that makes us feel awake) are at a peak. Scientists have found that drinking coffee during peak periods of cortisol production diminishes the effect of caffeine and means you build up a greater tolerance to it (meaning you need more and more to feel awake in the future).
Fling open the curtains and eat your breakfast by the window. A US study found people who were exposed to even moderately bright light in the morning had a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who were exposed to light later in the day. The study said not enough light in the morning may de-synchronise your internal body clock which can affect metabolism and lead to weight gain.
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