About TED Books

Long enough to explore a powerful idea, but short enough to read in a single sitting, TED Books pick up where TED talks leave off. An 18-minute speech can plant a seed or spark the imagination; but many talks create a need to go deeper, to learn more, to tell a longer story. TED Books fills this need.

In September, we published the first TED Books in print. The wide-ranging series will cover everything from architecture to business, space travel to love. The first book in the series, The Terrorist's Son by Zak Ebrahim, tells the astonishing first-person account of an American boy raised on hatred and dogma – a son presumed to follow in his father's footsteps – and the man who chose a different path. The idea that reverberates throughout the prose: Everyone has a choice. Even if you're raised on hatred, you can choose tolerance.

In December we published the second book in the series, The Art of Stillness, which explores an unexpected truth from a celebrated travel writer: Stillness just might be the ultimate adventure. Pico Iyer reveals how stillness can act as a creative catalyst, and advocates for a way of living that counters the frenetic design of our modern lives.

This month we released the The Mathematics of Love, a must-have for anyone who wants to better understand their love life. In this new TED Book, mathematician Hannah Fry pulls back the curtain and reveals the hidden patterns—from dating sites to divorce, sex to marriage—behind the rituals of love.

Other upcoming TED Books include:

  • Architizer.com co-founder Marc Kushner on the future of architecture (in 100 buildings) — learn more
  • Pulitzer Prize winner Siddhartha Mukherjee (The Emperor of All Maladies) on the groundbreaking new laws of medicine
  • Swarthmore Professor Barry Schwartz (The Paradox of Choice) on why we work (Hint: It's not just for the salary)
  • Business visionary Margaret Heffernan on the small choices that create huge organizational change
  • National Geographic Explorer Andrés Ruzo on his mysterious discovery in the Amazon.