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Gary

Gary Las Cruces, NM, United States Member Since 2001

Letting the rest of the world go by

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  • "Probably the best Science book I've..."

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    There is not a wasted concept in this book. The author explains everything you need to understand about time and why he thinks it is real and how modern physics has taken it out of the equation. He starts with defining mathematics as the study of the unchanging. Math (in the Platonic/Western Thought way) is how how we sneak timelessness into our way of thinking about the universe. The Newtonian paradigm adds to taking time out of the equation by the way we always must consider a subset of the universe as a whole and we are the observers and we create the time, but the part under study never covers the whole universe. Time is external to that which is under study.

    The author explains "Boltzman's Brain" so that I finally understand what it means and why it's important, he explains entropy, entanglement, the standard model and Einstein's General relativity and how they relate to how we take time out of the model.

    This book will forever change the way I think about time. I think it is probably the best of all the 50 or so astrophysics/cosmology/physics books I've read and reviewed over the last 2 years.

    I highly recommend listening to this book. The narrator knew exactly when to have the mocking laugh, the inflection and so on. I suspect the author worked with the narrator to make the presentation that flawless.

    (p.s. At the core of this book lurks the question "why is there something instead of nothing". I just listened to Holt's book "Why does the world exist". It's mostly a philosophical book, but both this book and that book do complement each other and would make and excellent summer read).


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    Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lee Smolin
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
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    The Trouble with Physics argues that a limited notion of time is holding physics back. It's time for a major revolution in scientific thought. The reality of time could be the key to the next big breakthrough in theoretical physics. What if the laws of physics themselves were not timeless? What if they could evolve? Time Reborn offers a radical new approach to cosmology that embraces the reality of time and opens up a whole new universe of possibilities.

    Gary says: "Probably the best Science book I've listened to"
  • "Higgs from beginning to end of time"

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    This was not an easy book to understand and the particle zoo plays a large role in the discussion and often I would lose my way only because the material is sometimes hard to follow, but the book covers everything you always wanted to know about the Higgs Boson and its field, but were afraid to ask.

    I absolutely loved the author's previous book, "From Eternity to Here", and couldn't wait for this book. He's such a good writer and explains better than almost anyone. There are enough good parts in this book to make the particle zoo part worth listening to.

    There's one important theme that runs through the book that will make the book easier to understand. That is these five words: "not observed waves, observed particles". In the background of the universe is the Higgs field and it is the vibration of this field that gives particles their mass. The author explains this and relates it to possible solutions to dark matter and dark energy.

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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

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    • 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.

    Matthew says: "A History of Modern Particle Physics"
  • "Easy to remember all the stories in..."

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    The author writes in a straightforward manner and explains the science in a highly entertaining manner. If I ever sit next to somebody in a waffle house who starts talking about his life stories, I can easily pivot into one of the five stories splendidly presented in this book. The writer was that good at telling the stories about the blunders, and having listened to it I can probably relate the whole book and it's major points without missing a beat. That tells me the book was well presented.

    The narrator made the book better than the written book. I found some of his voices a real hoot, particularly Darwin and Einstein. I would definitely recommend the audible version versus the written form of this book.

    For me, this book was a template for having worked in the real world surrounded around very smart people who would fall into the blunders that are illustrated by these five stories. I don't think the author realized how relevant the stories could be for most working stiffs and the kind of people we often have to work with.

    Instead of picking Einstein's blunder as the cosmological constant, he should have picked Einstein's failure to accept quantum mechanics after having co-discovered it and wasting his time on the GUT (grand unified theorem) outside of the context of quantum physics. I know why he picked the cosmological constant. It's a funner story to relate and is more relevant today because of the mystery of Dark Energy, and the word blunder is not usually associated with that for Einstein and the cosmological constant is.

    Overall, the stories are well presented, and it was narrated much better than it was written, but the author missed a great opportunity to make a better book about the foibles of life in general.

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    Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe

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    • By Mario Livio
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    We all make mistakes. Nobody’s perfect. Not even some of the greatest geniuses in history, as Mario Livio tells us in this marvelous story of scientific error and breakthrough. Charles Darwin, William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle, and Albert Einstein were all brilliant scientists. Each made groundbreaking contributions to his field - but each also stumbled badly. These five scientists expanded our knowledge of life on Earth, the evolution of the Earth itself, and the evolution of the universe, despite and because of their errors. As Mario Livio luminously explains, the scientific process advances through error.

    Gary says: "Easy to remember all the stories in the book"
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  • E=mc2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation

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    "Audio Publishers, Please Take Note!" First, I agree with others that this book is an excellent introduction to aspects of modern physics. Instead of beginning with relativity, it uses very interesting historical episodes to place Einstein's famous formula within the larger history of the science of energy and mass, which makes a lot of sense. But I am writing mainly to note the reading, which should be a model for other publishers. Far too many Audible books are read by professionals at top speed or with histrionic overacting. This casually paced, natural reading is a tremendous aid in comprehension. Today's "media professionals" simply do not trust the written word and feel they must "add value" with dramatic antics, youthful over-enthusiasm, and the highest possible number words per second. Like restaurants that insist on cranking up the music they are terrified that someone might get bored. Some topics require a bit of chewy comprehension and this reading sets an ideal standard for such.

  • Quantum Physics: Bolinda Beginner's Guides

    "Good for Student Review, If You Can Stay Awake"

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    My first experience of a Bolinda Guide in audio, and I won't race back for more. The work is admirably concise and begins promisingly enough with a very basic look at problems of measurement, the kind of fundamentals too often skipped. But it is dry. Very dry. Not a single witticism, aside, description, protagonist, or metaphor creeps in to increase the word count. The reader is good enough, a Brit with the plumy hues of an old Shakespearean. Yet with nothing to feed his thespian talents he quickly slips into a rich, hypnotic drone. Potential buyers should also know that this is indeed the "physics" of quantum physics. Nothing thus far (I am two third through, and may give up) on Bohr, entanglement, dead cat paradoxes, and such glamorous theoretical topics. Instead, we get descriptions of the workings of electrical generation, the crystal structures of transistors, and the like. I would find this interesting, but in such a colorless rendering it is hard to absorb. No one is to blame. This might be useful for student review. It is concise, accurate, clear. But, in my opinion, it is not the sort of audiobook most people will want, and not what most people expect when they grab a work with "quantum" in the title. If anyone bought it and disagrees, I hope they will post a contrary opinion. Again, students may be the exception, and that is the purpose of the series, I believe.

  • Universe on a T-Shirt: The Quest for the Theory of Everything

    "It Is What It Is....It Ain't What It Ain't."

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    Relative to the two previous, seemingly conflicting reviews, I'll be a good dialectician and side with both. This book does function well as a concise beginner's overview of the main developments in physics. Nothing original, but clear and brief, well written and nicely read.

    It is not, however, the more ambitious work implied in its title, the one I had hoped to get for my money. The book really does not deal with the philosophical issues entailed in a "theory of everything," a topic that might include the possibility of a metaphysics, the justification of Occam's Razor, the "peculiar efficacy" of mathematical equations, or the general role of reductionism in science. The "Universe on a T-Shirt" is little more than a heuristic gimmick.

    The book also indulges, here and there, in the standard swipes at modern philosophy that seem so irresistible to science writers, the more so the less philosophy they have actually read. Buy it if you want a good, brief introduction. Just don't expect more intellectual sweat than you could soak up with a T-shirt.

  • Everyday Quantum Reality

    "Double Slit Critiques"

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    When I take the hatchet to a book I’m usually happy if others offer a second opinion. After all, writing books is hard work and books are usually harmless artifacts at worst. In this instance I find myself in strong disagreement with the previous reviewer, though I can appreciate what he’s saying. The title is indeed misleading, and some parts of the book can strike you at first as pseudoscientific mumbling. But that is a mistaken assessment. This is not a book of science or explanation of quantum theory. It is best described as a series of philosophical essays on aspects of quantum theory with a distinctly phenomenological slant. The chief influence is the French existentialist Merleau-Ponty, along with some (largely unacknowledged) points from Husserl on music. This sounds unfathomable, but it is fairly straightforward. The best sections of the book explore the paradoxes of light and visibility, Goethe’s theory of color, and a very interesting, to me, discussion of the paradoxes entailed in geometric concepts of points and lines. It is true that the author can sound a tad cosmic here and there as he dwells on duality and the ineffable. At times he sounds like he is taking Western Science and Cold Cartesians to task. But many card-carrying quantum physicists and cosmologists are not far behind him in that respect. At its best the book can be (the pun seems inevitable) an illuminating discourse on the mysterious nature of light. I enjoyed most of it and have listened to a few sections over again with intellectual pleasure. It isn’t for everyone, as the other reviewer makes clear. But for those with a speculative bent, I recommend it as an interesting accompaniment to one of the standard audiobooks on quantum theory. The reading is easy on the ears, rather pleasantly quiet and meditative.

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  • "Love the book, hate the title"

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    If you could sum up Knocking on Heaven's Door in three words, what would they be?

    Gives a good tour of current high energy particle physics. It's broken into sections. The first is for those questioning faith and just discovering the wonders of nature and science.
    You could easily skip to part two and still love the book. She includes many technical details of the LHC.


    What other book might you compare Knocking on Heaven's Door to and why?

    The particle at the end of the universe. The reason is that it is the most up to date book regarding information on the HIGGS candidate and subsequent announcement in July of 2012


    Any additional comments?

    the title sucks and Lisa knows that it does. She even devoted time in the book talking about how calling the Higgs the God particle was a mistake

    Highly recommend

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    Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World

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    • By Lisa Randall
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    The latest developments in physics have the potential to radically revise our understanding of the world: its makeup, its evolution, and the fundamental forces that drive its operation. Knocking on Heaven's Door is an exhilarating and accessible overview of these developments and an impassioned argument for the significance of science. There could be no better guide than Lisa Randall.

    Amazon Customer says: "Love the book, hate the title"

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    Michael says: "Get From Eternity to Here instead"
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    Ethan M. says: "Excellent, if unfocused"
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    William says: "Not a Discworld Novel"
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    Michael says: "Wow!"
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    The first insider account of the work at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the discovery of the Higgs particle - and what it all means for our understanding of the laws of nature. The discovery of the Higgs boson made headlines around the world. Two scientists, Peter Higgs and François Englert, whose theories predicted its existence, shared a Nobel Prize. The discovery was the culmination of the largest experiment ever run, the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider.

  • The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory (






UNABRIDGED) by Brian Greene Narrated by Erik Davies

    The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Brian Greene
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
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    In a rare blend of scientific insight and writing as elegant as the theories it explains, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away the layers of mystery surrounding string theory to reveal a universe that consists of 11 dimensions where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and all matter-from the smallest quarks to the most gargantuan supernovas-is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy.

    Ginger says: "Very Very good"
  • The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler (






UNABRIDGED) by Thomas Hager Narrated by Adam Verner

    The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
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    At the dawn of the 20th century, humanity was facing global disaster. Mass starvation, long predicted for the fast-growing population, was about to become a reality. A call went out to the worlds scientists to find a solution. This is the story of the two enormously gifted, fatally flawed men who found it: the brilliant, self-important Fritz Haber and the reclusive, alcoholic Carl Bosch. Together they discovered a way to make bread out of air, built city-sized factories, controlled world markets, and saved millions of lives.

    sarah says: "Riveting"
  • Smashing Physics: Inside the Discovery of the Higgs Boson (






UNABRIDGED) by Jon Butterworth Narrated by Jonathan Keeble

    Smashing Physics: Inside the Discovery of the Higgs Boson

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jon Butterworth
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    The first insider account of the work at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the discovery of the Higgs particle - and what it all means for our understanding of the laws of nature. The discovery of the Higgs boson made headlines around the world. Two scientists, Peter Higgs and François Englert, whose theories predicted its existence, shared a Nobel Prize. The discovery was the culmination of the largest experiment ever run, the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider.

  • The Modern Scholar: Physics for Poets  by Richard T. Kouzes Narrated by Richard T. Kouzes

    The Modern Scholar: Physics for Poets

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Richard T. Kouzes
    • Narrated By Richard T. Kouzes
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    Exploring many of the most significant concepts in physics, Professor Kouzes explains each in a very straightforward and approachable manner. He begins by examining the history of physics - the "knowledge of nature" - as a science which encompasses the study of matter and all of the phenomena that are observed in our universe. He also explores the origins of physics, tracing it back to the ancient world.

  • Magnetism: A Strange, Invisible, Strong Force That's Calling All the Shots (






UNABRIDGED) by Alan Hall, PhD Narrated by Kirk Hanley

    Magnetism: A Strange, Invisible, Strong Force That's Calling All the Shots

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    • By Alan Hall, PhD
    • Narrated By Kirk Hanley
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    We all know about magnetism right? But hold the phone! Where does this force come from in the first place? Did magnetism play a role in the creation of the universe? Why is this force important in everything from atomic structure to the way solar flares form?

  • 36 Big Ideas  by The Great Courses Narrated by Professor Bart D. Ehrman, Professor Daniel W. Drezner, Professor David Sadava, Professor Dorsey Armstrong

    36 Big Ideas

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Bart D. Ehrman, Professor Daniel W. Drezner, Professor David Sadava, and others
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    How does electromagnetic radiation traveling at 186,000 miles per second tell us everything we need to know about the distant stars? Why do we prefer random rejection over always getting what we want? How does science explain our subjective experience - if it even can? These are just a few of the many scintillating questions whose answers you'll get in this lecture series.

    Amazon Customer says: "Way outdated"
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  • Zoom: From Atoms and Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees: How Everything Moves (






UNABRIDGED) by Bob Berman Narrated by Dan Woren

    Zoom: From Atoms and Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees: How Everything Moves

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bob Berman
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
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    In Zoom, Bob Berman explores how motion shapes every aspect of the universe, literally from the ground up. With an informative and entertaining style and a knack for distilling the wondrous, Berman spans astronomy, geology, biology, meteorology, and the history of science, uncovering how clouds stay aloft, how the earth's rotation curves a home run's flight, and why a mosquito's familiar whine resembles a telephone's dial tone.

    rich says: "Fact Filled Fun Listen"
  • Physics for Rock Stars: Making the Laws of the Universe Work for You (






UNABRIDGED) by Christine McKinley Narrated by Tavia Gilbert

    Physics for Rock Stars: Making the Laws of the Universe Work for You

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christine McKinley
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
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    Physics for Rock Stars is not a weighty treatise on science, but a personal tour of physics from a quirky friend. Anyone who's ever wondered why nature abhors a vacuum, what causes magnetic attraction, or how to jump off a moving train or do a perfect stage dive will find answers and a few laughs, too. No equations, numbers, or tricky concepts - just an inspiring and comical romp through the basics of physics and the beauty of the organized universe.

  • The Cosmic Cocktail: Three Parts Dark Matter (






UNABRIDGED) by Katherine Freese Narrated by Tamara Marston

    The Cosmic Cocktail: Three Parts Dark Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Katherine Freese
    • Narrated By Tamara Marston
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    The ordinary atoms that make up the known universe - from our bodies and the air we breathe to the planets and stars - constitute only 5 percent of all matter and energy in the cosmos. The rest is known as dark matter and dark energy, because their precise identities are unknown. The Cosmic Cocktail is the inside story of the epic quest to solve one of the most compelling enigmas of modern science - what is the universe made of? - told by one of today’s foremost pioneers in the study of dark matter.

  • The Science of Discworld: A Novel (






UNABRIDGED) by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen Narrated by Michael Fenton Stevens, Stephen Briggs

    The Science of Discworld: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens, Stephen Briggs
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    Not just another science audiobook and not just another Discworld novella, The Science of Discworld is a creative, mind-bending mash-up of fiction and fact, that offers a wizard’s-eye view of our world that will forever change how you look at the universe.

    William says: "Not a Discworld Novel"