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Matthew

Matthew Nicholasville, KY, United States Member Since 2004
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  • "A History of Modern Particle Physics"

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    I kept waiting for Carroll to get the point and discuss the actual Higgs Boson but the book really walks around the topic. There is a brief breakdown of the complexities of particle physics around Chapter 2 but the author blows through the details like they are an afterthought. Most of the time is spent detailing the history of the Large Hadron Collider and the engineering details that went into making it happen. Fascinating but not the book I was looking for.

    I'm going pick up a copy of 'Higgs Discovery' by Lisa Randall and see how that is.

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    The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sean Carroll
    • Narrated By Jonathan Hogan
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    Scientists have just announced an historic discovery on a par with the splitting of the atom: The Higgs boson, the key to understanding why mass exists has been found. In The Particle at the End of the Universe, Caltech physicist and acclaimed writer Sean Carroll takes readers behind the scenes of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN to meet the scientists and explain this landmark event.

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  • A User's Guide to the Universe: Surviving the Perils of Black Holes, Time Paradoxes, and Quantum Uncertainty

    "Physics even I can understand"

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    I skipped physics in senior high school, doing biology instead. And I managed to fail that in Year 12. But I love reading about cosmology and the universe, and this book has been a great help. It deals with the big questions like whether we'll ever be able to travel through time, whether there's life out there and where we all came from, but, it's written in a way even I could understand. And yet they did it without dumbing things down. There's a lot of meat to chew on, but they made it easily digestible. I hope this gastronomic analogy doesn't put you off, because it's really a great read. The authors explain how atoms work and what the universe looks like, yet they manage this without breaking their promise to use only one equasion. If you're interested in the big questions, don't shy away from this entertaining and informative book.

  • The Modern Scholar: Astronomy I: Earth, Sky and Planets

    "Awe inspiring, but not overwhelming"

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    What I liked about Professor Kaler's approach was that he related everything back to the earth. Though he points out that the terrestrial planets could be regarded as the sun's leftovers, he reminds us that size does not equal significance.

    The professor has a way of describing things so that you can picture them in your mind's eye. He points out not only the huge sizes of objects like the sun and Jupiter, but even more so the enormous distances between them. I did not realise how big the solar system is. Neptune is 30 times further from the sun than is earth. And the comets perhaps extend out to half the distance to the next star. But you don't get blinded with statistics. Professor Kaler explains succinctly how the moon orbits the earth, why it appears in phases, and other basic facts of astronomy.

    The lectures are well worth your credit. I've already started listening to Part 2.

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    A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
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    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
  • 4.3 (422 ratings)

    Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon

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    • By Craig Nelson
    • Narrated By Richard McGonagle
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    A richly detailed and dramatic account of one of the greatest achievements of humankind. At 9:32 A.M. on July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 rocket launched in the presence of more than a million spectators who had gathered to witness a truly historic event. It carried Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Mike Collins to the last frontier of human imagination: the moon.

    Joseph says: "DeJavous"
  • 4.3 (360 ratings)

    How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming

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    • By Mike Brown
    • Narrated By Ryan Gesell
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    The solar system most of us grew up with included nine planets, with Mercury closest to the sun and Pluto at the outer edge. Then, in 2005, astronomer Mike Brown made the discovery of a lifetime: a 10th planet, Eris, slightly bigger than Pluto. But instead of its resulting in one more planet being added to our solar system, Brown's find ignited a firestorm of controversy that riled the usually sedate world of astronomy and launched him into the public eye.

    Rickapolis says: "Informative and fun"
  • 4.4 (222 ratings)

    The Modern Scholar: Astronomy I: Earth, Sky and Planets

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By James Kaler
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    The heart of this course examines the planets themselves, and reveals how they are constructed and how they differ from one another. By studying the physical astronomy of all the planets in the Solar System, we can attempt to understand their true nature. Ultimately, these lectures will bring us to a greater understanding of the Solar System's creation, which brings us again back to the beginning and what it means to us as we look outward from our rotating Earth.

    Anthony says: "Wow... just wow"
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  • 4.5 (165 ratings)

    The Modern Scholar: Astronomy II: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By James Kaler
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    As far as we can see there are countless other galaxies of all shapes and sizes set within an ever-expanding space that was created in a "Big Bang" nearly 14 billion years ago. Along with solutions to old puzzles, however, come new riddles, as most of our Universe appears to be in the form of some kind of unseen "dark matter" and incomprehensible "dark energy" whose natures and origins remain unfathomable.

    R. David Mintz says: "Absolutely awesome!"
  • 4.5 (159 ratings)

    Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Richard Wolfson
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    "It doesn't take an Einstein to understand modern physics," says Professor Wolfson at the outset of these 24 lectures on what may be the most important subjects in the universe: relativity and quantum physics. Both have reputations for complexity. But the basic ideas behind them are, in fact, simple and comprehensible by anyone. These dynamic and illuminating lectures begin with a brief overview of theories of physical reality starting with Aristotle and culminating in Newtonian or "classical" physics.

    Joel says: "Enjoyable lecutre"
  • 4.4 (97 ratings)

    Rocket Boys

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    • By Homer H. Hickam
    • Narrated By Beau Bridges
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    In this uniquely American memoir, Homer "Sonny" Hickam beautifully captures a moment when a dying town, a divided family, and a band of teenage dreamers dared to set their sights on the stars. Looking back after a distinguished NASA career that fulfilled his boyhood ambition, Hickam shares the story of his youth, taking listeners into the life of the little mining town and the boys who came to embody both its tensions and its dreams.

    Travis says: "Hard to put down"
  • 4.4 (81 ratings)

    Moon Shot: The Inside Story of Man's Greatest Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Dan Parry
    • Narrated By John Chancer
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    ‘It didn’t matter that they were now three miles beyond their target site, that communications were dropping out and that they were running low on fuel. All that mattered to Neil as he searched for a safe spot to land was that boulders littered the surface below. “Thirty seconds,” called mission control. In truth, the flight controllers were now no more than spectators, just like everybody else. No more needed to be said. It was down to Armstrong

    David says: "A well told story of the biggest NASA mission"
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

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    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
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    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
  • Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Richard Wolfson
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (142)
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    (146)

    "It doesn't take an Einstein to understand modern physics," says Professor Wolfson at the outset of these 24 lectures on what may be the most important subjects in the universe: relativity and quantum physics. Both have reputations for complexity. But the basic ideas behind them are, in fact, simple and comprehensible by anyone. These dynamic and illuminating lectures begin with a brief overview of theories of physical reality starting with Aristotle and culminating in Newtonian or "classical" physics.

    Joel says: "Enjoyable lecutre"
  • Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
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    Neil deGrasse Tyson has a talent for guiding readers through the mysteries of outer space with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. This collection of his essays from Natural History magazine explores a myriad of cosmic topics. Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one; he also examines the needless friction between science and religion, and notes Earth's status as "an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos".

    Lind says: "Well written and well read"
  • Einstein's Cosmos: How Albert Einstein's Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time: Great Discoveries

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
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    A dazzling tour of the universe as Einstein saw it. How did Albert Einstein come up with the theories that changed the way we look at the world? By thinking in pictures. Michio Kaku, leading theoretical physicist (a cofounder of string theory) and best-selling science storyteller, shows how Einstein used seemingly simple images to lead a revolution in science. With originality and expertise, Kaku uncovers the surprising beauty that lies at the heart of Einstein's cosmos

    david says: "Relatively Wonderful"
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  • The Origin and Evolution of Earth: From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence

    • ORIGINAL (25 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert M. Hazen
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    This course chronicles the history of Earth and life on Earth from the point of view of the minerals that made it all happen. A major theme is how minerals and life coevolved, leading to the unprecedented mineral diversity on our world compared to the other planets in the solar system. Professor Hazen tells this epic story in 48 action-packed lectures that take you from the big bang to the formation of the solar system to the major milestones that marked the evolution of Earth and life.

    Saud says: "Loved it"
  • The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Brian Greene
    • Narrated By Brian Greene
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    There was a time when “universe” meant all there is. Everything. Yet, in recent years discoveries in physics and cosmology have led a number of scientists to conclude that our universe may be one among many. With crystal-clear prose and inspired use of analogy, Brian Greene shows how a range of different “multiverse” proposals emerges from theories developed to explain the most refined observations of both subatomic particles and the dark depths of space.

    C. Schmidt says: "Engrossing"
  • Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Craig Nelson
    • Narrated By Richard McGonagle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A richly detailed and dramatic account of one of the greatest achievements of humankind. At 9:32 A.M. on July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 rocket launched in the presence of more than a million spectators who had gathered to witness a truly historic event. It carried Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Mike Collins to the last frontier of human imagination: the moon.

    Joseph says: "DeJavous"
  • Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dava Sobel
    • Narrated By Fritz Weaver
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    Galileo's oldest child was 13 when he placed her in a convent near him in Florence, where she took the most appropriate name of Suor Maria Celeste. Her support was her father's greatest source of strength. Her presence, through letters which Sobel has translated from Italian and masterfully woven into the narrative, graces her father's life now as it did then. Galileo's Daughter dramatically recolors the personality and accomplishment of a mythic figure whose 17th-century clash with Catholic doctrine continues to define the schism between science and religion.

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  • The Modern Scholar: Astronomy I: Earth, Sky and Planets

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By James Kaler
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (112)
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    (109)

    The heart of this course examines the planets themselves, and reveals how they are constructed and how they differ from one another. By studying the physical astronomy of all the planets in the Solar System, we can attempt to understand their true nature. Ultimately, these lectures will bring us to a greater understanding of the Solar System's creation, which brings us again back to the beginning and what it means to us as we look outward from our rotating Earth.

    Anthony says: "Wow... just wow"
  • The Universe in a Nutshell

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen Hawking
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
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    With characteristic exuberance, Stephen Hawking invites us to be fellow travelers on this extraordinary voyage through spacetime, as he seeks "to combine Einstein's General Theory of Relativity and Richard Feynman's idea of multiple histories into one complete unified theory that will describe everything that happens in the universe."

    Adam says: "Educational and yet fun."
  • The Source Field Investigations: The Hidden Science and Lost Civilizations behind the 2012 Prophecies

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By David Wilcock
    • Narrated By David Wilcock
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    A stunning synthesis of hidden science and lost prophecies, The Source Field Investigations exposes many great secrets: DNA transformation, consciousness science, wormholes, stargate travel, sacred geometry, ancient conspiracies, multidimensional time, the Maya calendar, and a stunning new model of galactic energy fields triggering mental, biological, and spiritual evolution.More than two million people have seen David Wilcock’s incredible tour of the 2012 prophecies in his Internet documentary, The 2012 Enigma.

    The New Age Reivew says: "Fascinating!"
  • The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steven Weinberg
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
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    Now updated with a major new afterword that incorporates the latest cosmological research, this classic of contemporary science writing by a Nobel prize-winning physicist explains to general readers what happened when the Universe began, and how we know.

    Gregory says: "Strong and Compelling Story"
  • Lucky Planet: Why Earth Is Exceptional - and What That Means for Life in the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Waltham
    • Narrated By Richard Dadd
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    We have long fantasized about finding life on planets other than our own. Yet even as we become aware of the vast expanses beyond our solar system, it remains clear that Earth is exceptional. The question is: Why? In Lucky Planet, astrobiologist David Waltham argues that Earth’s climate stability is what makes it uniquely able to support life, and it is nothing short of luck that made such conditions possible. The four-billion-year stretch of good weather that our planet has experienced is statistically so unlikely that chances are slim that we will ever encounter intelligent extraterrestrial others.

    Gary says: "Any fan of Science books will enjoy"
  • The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Paul Bogard
    • Narrated By Paul Bogard
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    A deeply panoramic tour of the night, from its brightest spots to the darkest skies we have left. A starry night is one of nature's most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit world, three-quarters of Americans' eyes never switch to night vision and most of us no longer experience true darkness. In The End of Night, Paul Bogard restores our awareness of the spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky and how it has influenced the human experience across everything from science to art.

  • Kak ustroena Vselennaja: [All that you want to know about the Universe]

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 16 mins)
    • By Brajan Hejbl
    • Narrated By Alexander Tkachev
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    Novye miry, planety i zvezdy, nevidimye prostranstva i chernye dyry. Vse jeto - nasha Vselennaja. Prostejshie i odnokletochnye, kvarki, adrony i nejrino - jeto tozhe vse nasha Vselennaja. Milliardy galaktik i solnechnyh sistem… Ne mozhet byt', chto by my byli odni vo Vselennoj. Hotite uznat' eshhe bol'she? Togda jeta kniga - dlja vas!

  • Voyager: Exploring the Outer Planets

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By Joan Marie Verba
    • Narrated By Douglas R. Pratt
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    In 1977, NASA launched the space probes Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 to explore Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. This audiobook tells of what was known about those planets and their moons before the Voyager missions, as well as what Voyager discovered about those planets and their moons. This audiobook is written for the middle-grade listener, and can be enjoyed by readers age 12 and up.

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  • Strange New Worlds: The Search for Alien Planets and Life Beyond Our Solar System

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ray Jayawardhana
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
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    In Strange New Worlds, renowned astronomer Ray Jayawardhana brings news from the front lines of the epic quest to find planets - and alien life - beyond our solar system. Only in the past two decades, after millennia of speculation, have astronomers begun to discover planets around other stars - thousands in fact. Now they are closer than ever to unraveling distant twins of the Earth. In this book, Jayawardhana vividly recounts the stories of the scientists and the remarkable breakthroughs that have ushered in this extraordinary age of exploration.

  • The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Alan Lightman
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
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    With all the passion, curiosity, and precise yet lyrical prose that have marked his previous books, Alan Lightman here explores the emotional and philosophical questions raised by discoveries in science, focusing most intently on the human condition and the needs of humankind. He looks at the difficult dialogue between science and religion, the conflict between our human desire for permanence and the impermanence of nature, the possibility that our universe is simply an accident, the manner in which modern technology has separated us from direct experience of the world, and our resistance to the view that our bodies and minds can be explained by scientific logic and laws.

  • Astronomy for ESL Learners: Section 2

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    • By Zhanna Hamilton
    • Narrated By Michael Griffith
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    English tutors: Help ESL students learn about the cosmos by having them read about astronomy with you. Then, use the multiple-choice sections to test their memory of the highlighted terms. Help them improve their English while discovering the wonders the universe has to offer. Use it during your private lessons or assign chapters/multiple choice questions as homework.