Bill Gates is giving a gift to each college graduate in US this year. Can you guess what it is?
Bill Gates has a penchant for surprising students. Back in 2005, he surprised University of Wisconsin-Madison students by making an unexpected visit as a guest lecturer for a computer science class. A year later, Gates and his wife, Melinda Gates, paid a surprise visit to San Diego High School. In 2012, the business magnate paid a surprise visit to the Deptford Green School in south London. And now, he has another surprise for students in the United States.
Gates is gifting a copy of the late global health expert's Hans Rosling's book-- Factfulness-- to all the students who graduate from a college in the US this spring. "It's a book. It's called Factfulness, by the late global-health expert and noted sword swallower Hans Rosling, and it is packed with advice about how to see the world clearly. Although I think everyone should read it, it has especially useful insights for anyone who's making the leap out of college and into the next phase of life," Gates wrote in his blog.
In the book, which was released in April this year, the author talks about a variety of things including how our instincts distort our perspective, how we perceive progress believing in the worst outcome and how we consume media. "It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think. That doesn't mean there aren't real concerns. But when we worry about everything all the time instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threaten us most," the author writes in the book.
Interestingly, Gates appears on the inside cover of the book where he calls it "one of the most important books" that he's has ever read.
Earlier this month, Gates took to his blog to share one of his "favourite courses of all times". The free online course titled "Big History" essentially packs 13.8 billion years of human history into a six-hour course and it includes chapters from various subjects including physics, chemistry, biology and anthropology. The online course has been designed by Australian historian Christian David and is also available as a book titled "Origin Story".