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5 Books to Challenge Your Mind Intellectually

Put your mind to the test by reading these intellectually challenging books.

Just as any feminist, I like to be intellectually challenged every now and then. There’s quite something about being presented with a touted absolute fact or premise and grapple with it until forming a counterargument or gaining knowledge from what its espouses.

Since debating with people tends to be a dull task these days with many often being bad actors who set out to attack you, a book may serve better to achieve intellectual stimulation.

Ii is quite an experience to have an “aha!” moment when the most sought-after answer ended up being right under your nose. To be challenged intellectually by the written word is a humbling and rewarding experience. These books can give you that.

#1 Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t

This book goes into extensive research and detail on how specific companies were able to transform their company culture, and lead their company’s stock to drastically outperform the market. And the results prove that a *Good to Great *company doesn’t start with a great idea. It starts with finding the right people for each position. It was really an ah-ha! moment for me, and I have since been implementing this in our company hires.

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#2 Power in Numbers by Talithia Williams

Power in Numbers: The Rebel Women of Mathematics is an affirmation of female genius and a celebration of the boundless applications of mathematics. You’ll see each eminent mathematician come to life on each page, women like the astronomer-philosopher Hypatia, theoretical physicist Emmy Noether, and rocket scientist Annie Easley. This books is a full-color volume that takes aim at the forgotten influence of women on the development of mathematics over the last two millennia.

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#3 The Golden Ratio by Gary B.

The Golden Ratio examines the presence of this divine number in art and architecture throughout history, as well as its ubiquity among plants, animals, and even the cosmos. This gorgeous book-with lay flat dimensions that closely approximate the golden ratio-features clear, enlightening, and entertaining commentary alongside stunning full-color illustrations by Venezuelan artist and architect Rafael Araujo.

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#4 A Periodic Table by Tom

Combining cutting edge science with fascinating facts and stunning infographics, A Periodic Table looks at the extraordinary stories of discovery, amazing properties and surprising uses of each elements, whether solid, liquid or gas – naturally occurring, synthesized or theoretical! From hydrogen to oganesson, this is a fact-filled visual guide to each element, each accompanied by technical date (category, atomic number, weight, boiling point) as well as fun facts and stories about their discovery and surprising uses.

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#5 Peace Power Profits: Why You Don’t Have It, How To Get It

Whether you’re doing life or you’re doing business, you bring yourself to each situation.

Often people don’t make the association between the results they’re immediately having in their careers, life, business or relationships and the traumatic events in their past. These events such as abuse, abandonment, grief, loss, debilitating setbacks or self-limiting beliefs can wreak havoc on your success though you may not even know it. They leave trapped emotions inside of your body that go to work subconsciously, giving you results you’re repeatedly having.

The author Dr. Gwen uses her experience of her early abusive marriage to map a path to healing and wholeness using the Peace, Power Profits ACT Breakthrough Success Model. She shares the framework with tools and methods to help you heal your past, creating peace, power and profits and releasing you from the trap to go from Broken to Breakthrough.

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Contributors to this article
Jeff Neal from The Critter Depot

Lydia Rasmussen from Race Point

Dr. Gwen Smith from The Dr. Gwen International, Inc.

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