Bill Gates: I'd Give This Book to Every College Graduate

He recommends 'The Better Angels of Our Nature' by Steven Pinker
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2017 11:28 AM CDT
Bill Gates: 3 Fields I'd Study If I Were a College Freshman
Bill Gates has some advice for students heading to college.   (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Bill Gates may be a college dropout himself, but he's still hit up for advice quite a bit from college graduates. In a series of tweets spotted by Business Insider, Gates is offering that advice to all. Among other things, he writes that if he were a college freshman today, he would study artificial intelligence, energy, and the biosciences, all "promising fields where you can make a huge impact." Some other nuggets:

  • A regret: "I also have one big regret: When I left school, I knew little about the world's worst inequities. Took me decades to learn."

  • On happiness: "Like @WarrenBuffett I measure my happiness by whether people close to me are happy and love me, & by the difference I make for others."
  • A gift: "If I could give each of you a graduation present, it would be this--the most inspiring book I've ever read." The book is Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature.
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