I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is a book that would have been better if I read it instead of listen or it would be a good book for the e-book with whisper-sync. It was a bit hard to follow unless I took notes. Paul Nahin covered the innovative ideas and history of mathematician George Boole (1815-1864) and electrical engineer Claude Shannon (1918-2001). The book explained classic logic vs Boolean logic in depth. He also covered how Boolean algebra is the bases of electronic circuitry that everything today works on. He covered a great deal on data transmission and its importance in day to day live. The world would not function without this innovated body of work. Allan Robertson did a good job narrating the book.
Simon Prebble did a great job narrating the story. The book goes into more depth surrounding the times of Tesla. It gives an overview history of Serbia and surrounding countries. In covering the education of Tesla the author also introduces the reader to the professors that influenced him. Marc Seifer also covers in depth the interaction between Edison, Bell, Westinghouse and investors such as J.P. Morgan, John Aster, Stanford White and others. Tesla health, habits and mental health are covered. Seifer goes into depth covering the wide array of invention of Tesla and many are just becoming a factor in our daily life. It was also interesting to note that there are many more invention that the department of defense placed under a blanket of national security and no information is available on these inventions. This book has only made me want to know more about Tesla and his fellow engineers of the 1890s.
When I was in high school Albert Einstein was my hero and I read all I could find about him. When I got to University it changed to Nikola Tesla. I am always surprised at how few people know about Tesla and how important he is to our daily life. This is a very short book telling about Tesla early life in Serbia and his relationship with his family. His mother was a well known inventor as was all her family. Tesla attended university in Germany and Czechoslovakia, he obtained an engineer degree and a degree as a physicist he spoke 5 languages. He went to work for Thomas Edison when he came to the U.S. but Edison did not get along with him because of Tesla education. The story gives some basic information about Tesla but the book is just too short. For those interested in more information read books by Marc Seifer or Margaret Cheney for starters. He was a man at least one hundred year ahead of his time. Many things you use today he is the inventor, fax machines, wireless communication, a.c. electrical current and so on. He also worked in France for Alexander Bell and he had many inventions to the telephone and its transmission. This is a good book for a brief introduction into the life of Tesla.
I love learning about the universe and our place in it by listening to Audible.
The book listens like a long poem and explains how our understanding of the world comes about through our imagination and understanding the maths that make up our world and is the key to understanding our place in the universe. As in any good poem it's probably best listened to by the author who wrote it. It did take me all of three minutes to realize that the author was a very good narrator and his speech patterns did take those three minutes for me to get used to. After that, I realize he was the best reader for the book.
The author really makes his work speak to me. For example, his explanation that Shakespeare at his core uses the "presence of the absence" makes me finally appreciate Shakespeare. Shakespeare was the first class of students in England to accept zero (cipher) and use Arabic numbers including zero. The existence of nothing (cipher) has consequences. Shakespeare helped make the world aware of that.
Another example, Abraham Lincoln loved Euclid's elements and in his debates with Douglas, say, would speak as if he was quoting from Euclid to make his points. Another example, the author states Pythagoras was the first to realize the power of the imaginary over tradition (myths and the empirical) and why that was so important for understanding our place in the universe.
The book is full of gems like the above examples. I never got lost while listening to the math stuff in the book, sometimes I would get lost on foreign words such as how the Icelandic use many different words for the smaller numbers.
Those who are not good with math and numbers will follow the major points. Imagination and how we use is understandable by all listeners.