Boost Your Brain With These 5 Brilliant Books

When it comes to books, we at the Next Big Idea Club are anything but snobs. A certain member of our staff, perhaps the person writing this sentence, is reading the memoirs of Steve-O, the famous Donkey hooligan – and he loves it.

That being said, if you’re looking to read something that’s not only entertaining, but also smart and rewarding, we can definitely help. So go ahead and open up the five groundbreaking books below to give your brain a major boost.

Download the Next Big Idea app to get “Book Bite” summaries of hundreds of new non-fiction books like these, all curated and read by the authors themselves.

Existential Physics: A Scientist’s Guide to Life’s Biggest Questions

By Sabine Hossenfelder

Does the past still exist? Do particles think? Was the universe made for us? A contrarian scientist reveals how close physicists are to answering these questions, where the current limits lie, and what questions may well remain unanswered forever. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Sabine Hossenfelder, in the Next Big Idea app

The Spirit Book: How to Understand Ourselves and Other Beings, from Animals to AI to Aliens by Philip Ball

The Spirit Book: How to Understand Ourselves and Other Beings, From Animals to AI to Aliens

By Philippe Ball

A popular science writer explores a range of sciences to map our answers to a huge and philosophically rich question: how can we even begin to think about minds that aren’t human? Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Philip Ball, in the Next Big Idea app

What We Owe in the Future by William MacAskill

What we owe in the future

By William MacAskill

A renowned philosopher argues for “long-termism,” the idea that positively influencing the distant future is a key moral priority of our time. We need to ensure that civilization would bounce back if it collapses and prepare for a planet where the most intelligent beings are digital and not human. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author William MacAskill, in the Next Big Idea app

Fantastic Numbers and Where to Find Them By Antonio Padilla

Fantastic numbers and where to find them: a cosmic quest from zero to infinity

By Antonio Padilla

A prominent theoretical physicist and YouTube star takes readers on an irreverent cosmic tour of nine of physics’ most extraordinary numbers, providing a startling picture of how the universe works. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Antonio Padilla, in the Next Big Idea app

Journey of the Mind: How Thought Emerged from Chaos By Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam

Journey of the mind: how thought emerged from chaos

By Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam

Two neuroscientists share the cutting-edge mathematical basis of consciousness, language, and self. They show how a “unified theory of mind” can explain the greatest mysteries of the mind and offer clues to the ultimate fate of all minds in the universe. Listen to our summary of Book Bite, read by co-authors Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam, in the Next Big Idea app

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