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Kazuhiko

Kazuhiko TUXEDO PARK, NY, United States Member Since 2012
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  • "Great way to learn Einstein's legacy"

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    I admit that I never seriously studied Einstein's equations or quantum physics, but this book gave me a great outline of the development of modern physics. I am now motivated to listen to other audiobooks on modern physics or even get some paper books that contain equations. Michio Kaku is also good at depicting human side of Einstein and other physicists. It's fun to think about Einstein writing numerous love letters. I also never imagined that Schrödinger was a serious womanizer!

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    Einstein's Cosmos: How Albert Einstein's Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time: Great Discoveries

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    • 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"
  • "They should make us read this book ..."

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    I think this is the first time I rate a book with five stars for both story and performance. So many of the diseases prevalent in modern societies (e.g., Type 2 diabetes) are called "mismatch disease" because they are caused by mismatch of the modern life style such as abundance of food (of unbalanced kind) vs. our evolutionary tendency to store fat and sugar when we can because food was scarce. This book provides a comprehensive view on how we humans developed since our ancestors started walking on two feet. The author has a rare quality of being able to translate his research expertise to its public health implications. I feel lucky to be alive in this age when books like this can teach us the evolutionary perspective on how we are living now compared to the past and what can be improved. It is also devastating to know that so many of modern diseases are preventable, and yet, important information like this has not seeped into the mainstream culture.

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    The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease

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    • By Daniel Lieberman
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
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    In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman - chair of the department of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a leader in the field - gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years, even as it shows how the increasing disparity between the jumble of adaptations in our Stone Age bodies and advancements in the modern world is occasioning this paradox: greater longevity but increased chronic disease.

    G-Man says: "A great discussion of human evolution/physiology"
  • "Very informative and entertaining t..."

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    This book is full of information on all things sushi: cultural, ecological, biology of various fish, gastronomical, business, and more. I am from Japan but did not know about 80% of the information presented in this book. The book is also entertaining as it follows stories of the classmates who attended the California Sushi Academy during one semester.

    Some of the reviews of this book gave me the impression that this part (the events that happened during the semester and the "characters" who appear) is fictional, but that is not the case. While reading this book, I also thought that level of details (e.g., what each character said) and the way the story was written are such that this had to be fictionalized/dramatized - this bothered me a little bit. So, after a half way through the book, I searched and found the author's web page, and you get to see the photos of these students and people who appeared in the book and updates of how they are doing since the book was written. So much detail of the events in the class are depicted in the book (as if they are a fiction) because the author actually attended the class and took detailed notes and interviewed these people. When you read (listen to) the book, it would help, at the outset, that you know these students are real people, because otherwise the book may sound like a mixture of facts and fictions.

    The narrator's pronunciations of the Japanese words are accurate, and as a result, they may sound too "foreign", but this should not bother you because all these terms are not meant to be memorized or remembered - even Japanese people in Japan do not use many of these technical terms associated with sushi. They just reflect the depth of the knowledge that the author acquired during his research.

    What was most fascinating to me overall about this book is that it is an illustration of how the food and its culture get transformed as they travel through different cultures and times. There is no such thing as a "pure" culture. It also made me wonder what "sushi" would be like 50 years from now, when, as some researchers predict, there will be no wild fish in the ocean.

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    The Story of Sushi: An Unlikely Saga of Raw Fish and Rice

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    • By Trevor Corson
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    Trevor Corson takes us behind the scenes at America's first sushi-chef training academy, as eager novices strive to master the elusive art of cooking without cooking. He delves into the biology and natural history of the edible creatures of the sea, and tells the fascinating story of an Indo-Chinese meal reinvented in 19th-century Tokyo as a cheap fast food.

    David says: "I want to see Top Chef: Sushi on the Food Network"
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A Peek at aaron's Bookshelf

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aaron's greatest hits:
  • Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are

    "A Nice Addition to Your Brain Science Library"

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    Seung's theory, of how the brain stores memories/experiences, is quite extraordinary. I'm no brain scientist, but I've read a number of books on the subject, and as far as I know this is the first book to adequately detail this process. Seung describes this in a way that even the non-scholarly reader can understand. The basic brain science you NEED to know in order to understand this book, he explains quickly and effectively.

    His last few chapters, on the future science of connectome research is worth the credit all by itself. He touches on cryogenics, and why it's probably not going to work the way that all the frozen people hope it will. He then discusses a few options of preserving your brain for eternity that MAY actually work.. Overall, if you enjoy brain science, and how the brain effects the way we see the world, then get this book.

    Narrator is very good.

  • The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story

    "If you love viruses and gore and non-fiction..."

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    It's rare that a non-fiction book can be this exciting, this compelling, and this gory! Hot Zone certainly gets detailed, and I loved every second of it. Preston did an OUTSTANDING job researching this topic, and really becoming an expert on it. The way he crafted a story that will keep you guessing is nothing short of genius. Narrarator is outstanding. Overall, I'd rather read/listen to this non-fiction book than ANY of the fictional virus stories I've read. Yes, it's THAT good!

  • Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History

    "Every Person with Boobs Should Read This!"

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    Every woman should read this, ESPECIALLY if you're going to have children. It goes into great detail about the environmental and dietary pollutants that can poison breast milk. Tells you the things you should stay away from. It also discusses the benefits of different tests you can have done on your breasts, blood, and breast milk.

    If you're a guy (like me) and your wife is pregnant, it wouldn't be a bad idea to read this, just to familiarize yourself with all the options out there. It touches briefly on male breast cancer, which I found fascinating--- and scary. In all honesty, if you're a guy, you probably won't enjoy this book. However, it's best to take the approach that you'll be reading it more as a favor to your significant other.

    The reader is very good. It's a science book, but written more like satire, which should hold your interest.

  • Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks

    "The Brits Pull No Punches On Fake Medicine!!"

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    First off, be aware that the humor in this book is VERY British. I didn't know that going in, but was pleasantly surprised. The narrarator is SPOT ON with the read. It's witty, yet scientific, and filled with interesting facts. Rather bravely, the author (Goldacre) admits numerous times when he's getting too bogged down in boring/heavy stuff, and apologizes. This is done in a way that's charming and hillarious. Entertaining all the way through. If you've ever wondered about the reality of Homeopathic remedies, natural healing, witch doctors, etc, then you will LOVE this book!

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Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 09-07-13 Member Since 2007

50yrs old / audible member for 5 yrs library. 75% nonfiction, 15% classics and 10% fiction. History/Science/biography/Eng.18th cent fiction

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  • "IM INCREDIBLY IMPRESSED !!!!"

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    I am so excited by this book that I can't wait to finish it before I spill out my excitement on paper. This is a great read whether you think you're interested in the topic or not. In the same way Steven kings "on writing" is a great read, regardless of your interest in writing.( If you haven't read that one- get it now it will completely alter your impression of the guy)

    First off let me tell you where I'm coming from- Though ive been about 50lbs overweight for the last 10 yrs ( due to chronic pain and being bedridden etc. ), I've never "dieted". I've never believed in "dieting" I've always known dieting is a suckers game. Nutrition on the other hand is something that I have some interest in- but the constant circling, conflicting battles of good for you- not good puts me off. so When questions of nutrition arise I just use common sense to guide my decisions, that is- unless I find a book like this one, or china study.

    2 years ago I came across the china study book by the same author and after looking that one up on the net, I was very impressed, so I bought a copy for my wife who is borderline diabetic and struggles with her diet and so is in particular need of concrete nutritional info. This I thought was a ray of light and truth in the diet-nutrition Disneyland..Then by chance I came across this book in the 3 for 2 credit sale. After listening to the sample I was captivated. I bought it and started listening to it right away. I was enthralled not just by the research or his credentials,or- the message but the writing itself ,its a very enjoyable listen. Its written as a grounded narrative and the narration itself is a perfect fit to the material which added a lot to thoroughly enjoying a book that is far from my usual reading fare.

    Im not going to get into the specifics of the book- what I will say is that it is all VERY compelling and certainly worth looking into on a deeper level. Considering how far our culture's overall diet has fallen, it would take a GIANT leap of change for most if not all of us to embrace and to fully implement the changes to our diet proposed by Colin Campbell. Personally I am SO-SO far from anything like this diet that the change for me would be as radical as well.....anything I can think of, but if he is right -and I think he is, it would not just mean living longer or disease free, it would mean a quality of living change that I suspect many of us have never known- physically AND mentally. It would certainly be interesting to look up the statistics and the experiences of those that have completely embraced this diet ( "diet" in this context naturally inferring ... you know what im saying)

    I rarely give 5 stars-or I at least try to save that status for something truly deserving. In this case I think the info is so important it merits a 5 star rating.Very persuasive- Very important-Very well written and Very enjoyable.

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    Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition

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    • By T. Colin Campbell, Howard Jacobson
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
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    In The China Study, T. Colin Campbell revolutionized the way we think about our food with the evidence that a whole food, plant-based diet is the healthiest way to eat. Now, in Whole, he explains the science behind that evidence, the ways our current scientific paradigm ignores the fascinating complexity of the human body, and why, if we have such overwhelming evidence that everything we think we know about nutrition is wrong, our eating habits haven’t changed.

    Sara says: "Not what you think it is"

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    Published 150 years ago, Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species - the text that introduced the world to natural selection - is among a handful of books that have changed the world. But the route to that status has been surprisingly circuitous and uncertain. Now, in 24 absorbing lectures by an award-winning teacher, you'll learn the remarkable story of Darwin's ideas, how scientists and religious leaders reacted to them, and the sea change in human thought that resulted.

    wayne says: "very informative"
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    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
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    In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson takes his ultimate journey - into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It's a dazzling quest, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.

    Brent says: "This audio edition is abridged!"
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    The Demon Under The Microscope

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    The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. This incredible discovery was sulfa, the first antibiotic medication. In The Demon Under the Microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of the drug that shaped modern medicine.

    John Mertus says: "A pleasure in listening"
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    The Greatest Show on Earth is a stunning counterattack on advocates of "Intelligent Design," explaining the evidence for evolution while exposing the absurdities of the creationist "argument". Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence: from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from natural clocks that mark the vast epochs wherein evolution ran its course to the intricacies of developing embryos; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics.

    Joseph says: "Well read, well explained, scientific."
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    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
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    The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design (






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    The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design

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    Eric says: "Challenging textbook more than an enjoyable listen"
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    Why Evolution Is True (






UNABRIDGED) by Jerry A. Coyne Narrated by Victor Bevine

    Why Evolution Is True

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    Why evolution is more than just a theory: it is a fact. In all the current highly publicized debates about creationism and its descendant "intelligent design", there is an element of the controversy that is rarely mentioned: the evidence, the empirical truth of evolution by natural selection.

    Ernest says: "Perfect !! Just what I was looking for."
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (






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    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
  • Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, Gorillas on Drugs, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves (






UNABRIDGED) by Laurel Braitman Narrated by Madeleine Maby

    Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, Gorillas on Drugs, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves

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    As Laurel spent three years traveling the world in search of emotionally disturbed animals and the people who care for them, she discovered numerous stories of recovery: parrots that learn how to stop plucking their feathers, dogs that cease licking their tails raw, polar bears that stop swimming in compulsive circles, and great apes that benefit from the help of human psychiatrists. How do these animals recover?

    Kathi says: "Fascinating book!"
  • The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story (






UNABRIDGED) by Richard Preston Narrated by Richard M. Davidson

    The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story

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    • By Richard Preston
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    A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days, 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot" virus. The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, The Hot Zone proves that truth really is scarier than fiction.

    aaron says: "If you love viruses and gore and non-fiction..."
  • Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution

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    Origins explains the soul-stirring leaps in our understanding of the cosmos. From the first image of a galaxy birth to Spirit rover's exploration of Mars, to the discovery of water on one of Jupiter's moons, coauthors Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith conduct a galvanizing tour of the cosmos with clarity and exuberance.

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  • The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution (






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    The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

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    The Greatest Show on Earth is a stunning counterattack on advocates of "Intelligent Design," explaining the evidence for evolution while exposing the absurdities of the creationist "argument". Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence: from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from natural clocks that mark the vast epochs wherein evolution ran its course to the intricacies of developing embryos; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics.

    Joseph says: "Well read, well explained, scientific."
  • The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet (






UNABRIDGED) by Nina Teicholz Narrated by Erin Bennett

    The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet

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    Dish up the red meat, eggs, and whole milk! In this well-researched and captivating narrative, veteran food writer Nina Teicholz proves how everything we've been told about fat is wrong. For decades, Americans have cut back on red meat and dairy products full of "bad" saturated fats. We obediently complied with nutritional guidelines to eat "heart healthy" fats found in olive oil, fish, and nuts, and followed a Mediterranean diet heavy on fruits, vegetables, and grains. Yet the nation's health has declined. What is going on?

    Brian says: "Good follow-up to Taubes"
  • The Selfish Gene (






UNABRIDGED) by Richard Dawkins Narrated by Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward

    The Selfish Gene

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    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
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    Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced thousands to rethink their beliefs about life.

    J. D. May says: "Better than print!"
  • Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships (






UNABRIDGED) by Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha Narrated by Allyson Johnson, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Ryan

    Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships

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    Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing....

    Mark says: "too much focus on academic in-fighting"
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  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild (






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    The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

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    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
  • 12 Essential Scientific Concepts  by The Great Courses Narrated by Professor Indre Viskontas

    12 Essential Scientific Concepts

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Indre Viskontas
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    Science is such a vast arena of knowledge that people looking for a better grasp of its secrets often wonder where to begin. The answer: with the essentials. Now, finally satisfy your desire for scientific inquiry in a way that makes this enormous field accessible, understandable, and undeniably captivating.

    Tanglebones says: "Excellent overview of major science concepts"
  • The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert Wright Narrated by Greg Thornton

    The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology

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    Are men literally born to cheat? Does monogamy actually serve women's interests? These are among the questions that have made The Moral Animal one of the most provocative science books in recent years. Wright unveils the genetic strategies behind everything from our sexual preferences to our office politics - as well as their implications for our moral codes and public policies.

    Darwin8u says: "A Masterpiece of Science Writing"
  • The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance (






UNABRIDGED) by David Epstein Narrated by David Epstein

    The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David Epstein
    • Narrated By David Epstein
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    Are stars like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and Serena Williams genetic freaks put on Earth to dominate their respective sports? Or are they simply normal people who overcame their biological limits through sheer force of will and obsessive training? In this controversial and engaging exploration of athletic success, Sports Illustrated senior writer David Epstein tackles the great nature vs. nurture debate and traces how far science has come in solving this great riddle.

    Cynthia says: "Epstein writes! He scores!"
  • Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow: My Life As a Country Vet (






UNABRIDGED) by David Fisher, Dr. Jan Pol Narrated by Tom Perkins

    Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow: My Life As a Country Vet

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    • By David Fisher, Dr. Jan Pol
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    Dr. Jan Pol is not your typical veterinarian. Born and raised on a dairy farm in the Netherlands, he is the star of Nat Geo Wild's hit show The Incredible Dr. Pol and has been treating animals in rural Michigan since the 1970s. Dr. Pol's 20,000-plus patients have ranged from white mice to 2,600-pound horses and everything in between.

  • Ions, Neurons and the Mind (






UNABRIDGED) by Alan Hall, PhD Narrated by David Winograd

    Ions, Neurons and the Mind

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    • By Alan Hall, PhD
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    How do we remember things? How does a low voltage current passing through the brain improve our ability to do math? How is brain size and shape related to intelligence? Do smart pills really work? This essay discusses these and other issues relating to brain function.

  • Saving Seeds, Preserving Taste: Heirloom Seed Savers in Appalachia (






UNABRIDGED) by Bill Best Narrated by Pete Ferrand

    Saving Seeds, Preserving Taste: Heirloom Seed Savers in Appalachia

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    • By Bill Best
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    Saving Seeds, Preserving Taste will introduce listeners to the cultural traditions associated with seed saving, as well as the remarkable people who have used grafting practices and hand-by-hand trading to keep alive varieties that would otherwise have been lost. As local efforts to preserve heirloom seeds have become part of a growing national food movement.

  • Fire in the Cell: The Search for Eternal Youth (






UNABRIDGED) by Alan Hall PhD Narrated by Dave Wright

    Fire in the Cell: The Search for Eternal Youth

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    • By Alan Hall PhD
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    Why do organisms grow old and die? What are the theories of aging? Does the Free Radical Theory of Aging still stack up? How do cells decide when to divide, differentiate or die? What factors accelerate the aging process? This essay takes a look at these issues and would thus be useful to students who want to know more about the processes that control cell death. The essay also documents the more extreme measures that some people have taken in the pursuit of eternal youth.

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  • The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery (






UNABRIDGED) by George Johnson Narrated by Arthur Morey

    The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery

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    • By George Johnson
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    When the woman he loved was diagnosed with a metastatic cancer, science-writer George Johnson embarked on a journey to learn everything he could about the disease and the people who dedicate their lives to understanding and combating it. What he discovered is that a revolution is now under way – an explosion of new ideas about what cancer really is and where it comes from. He combs through the realms of epidemiology, clinical trials, laboratory experiments and scientific hypotheses.

  • Free Radicals and Antioxidant Vitamins Explained (






UNABRIDGED) by Alan Hall, PhD Narrated by Susan Lee

    Free Radicals and Antioxidant Vitamins Explained

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    • By Alan Hall, PhD
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    Recently, some doubts have been expressed as to the notion of taking antioxidant vitamin supplements. Also, some recent studies have shone more light upon the Free Radical Theory of Aging and whether or not free radicals are a good or bad thing. This essay examines the effects of so-called antioxidant vitamins, and whether these supplements are beneficial or potentially harmful.

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    Darwin's "On the Origin of Species": A Modern Rendition

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    • By Daniel Duzdevich
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    For an era in which Darwin is more talked about than read, Daniel Duzdevich offers a clear, modern English rendering of Darwin's first edition. Neither an abridgement nor a summary, this version might best be described as a "translation" for contemporary English listeners. A monument to reasoned insight, the Origin illustrates the value of extensive reflection, carefully gathered evidence, and sound scientific reasoning.