For unclear reasons at school, we were bored reading textbooks on various "superfluous" subjects: "I am a future economist, why would I do this?". In part, you will be right that it really is not necessary for you on the USE, but, you must agree, it is better to know what not to know.
As adults, we eagerly absorb books about the universe, microbes, animals, anatomy, etc., because we grew up, and the questions remained. The earlier we start to fill in the gaps, the better - all the accumulated knowledge will always be needed. For example, who knew that the lessons of calligraphy will lead Steve Jobs to worldwide fame? It's never too late to start. Start now.
We tried to convince you that catching up lost knowledge is worth, and now we offer a couple of books that are just a must read.
1. A brief history of time. Stephen Hawking
Without superfluous words it is necessary to tell, that this book is simply ingenious! After reading this book, you want to book a ticket for the missile and fly away. Does not string theory, black holes, space-time context and many other things seem tempting? After reading the book, you can go to the "Interstellar" view and competently comment every moment. This book is not even about space, but about the magic and magic that happens over our heads.
2. Look what's inside of you. Rob Knight
Did you know that the number of microbial cells exceeds human cells by a factor of 10? Gastritis, depression, allergies - all this is the result of the work of your germs. It's silly not to know anything about them, right? When you read this book, you feel like a small child, who always opens his mouth in surprise and mutters: "It can not be ...". Did you know that diabetes, arthritis and depression are very often caused by the fact that ... you had little contact with animals in your childhood and that, most likely, there was no summer with your grandmother, where most children put flowers on, eat cherry from a tree and ran barefoot on the village. These and other secrets of our cohabitants can be found in this book.
3. Google cultural institute
Yes, it does not look like a book, but it's a resource of an artistic extravaganza. In an hour you can visit any museum! Right now I'm walking around the Guggenheim Museum. And now I in Portugal admire the local street art.
4. Bridge across the abyss. Paola Volkova Excursus in history and art.
There are 6 books in this series, each tells about its time interval. Some scold Mrs. Volkov for the fact that the narrative is a little chaotic (it's clear: Paola Volkova is a born lecturer who tells about everything excitingly), but it's impossible to accuse her of boring presentation. For those to whom the course MHK seemed superficial and too fast.
5. Legends and myths of ancient Greece. Nikolay Kun. Basics of the basics.
After reading this book, the cartoon "Hercules" becomes more interesting, you begin to correctly use the expressions "to sink into oblivion", "Gorgon jellyfish", "Sisyphean labor", "Wheel of Fortune", "apple of discord" and many others. "Legends and Myths of Ancient Greece" is an incredible storehouse for art critics, linguists, and just smart people (and for those who want to become such). Develop and answer your questions - it's always fashionable to be smart!