Fully fascinating facts.
While the author did have a clear agenda at times (despite his multiple warnings to be objective) the book provided a very interesting case study of 13 items science is currently unable to explain or that there is debate regarding. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to know what is going on or enjoys learning in general
This is a work of synthesis that I wish I'd written. It cleverly blends findings from different scientific fields into a cohesive, long-running narrative of some of the most challenging anomalies facing today's researchers and theorists. Great way to pass the miles.
The performer's voice is often a bit too pompous for the subject matter - - I'd have preferred someone with more energy and excitement. To be fair, he pulls off the actual readings well, handling the terminology and more ethereal points with aplomb. Pompous and occasionally monotone aplomb, but he does do a very good job with the material.
His reading style wouldn't deter me if I wanted to listen to a book. His voice would lend itself well to other venues like history or English politics.
Each chapter had several excellent moments - - the book's material is just that insightful.
This book talks about some of the fringes of scientific understanding. Specifically, it talks about 13 different instances of observed data that either contradict the predictions of currently accepted theories, or simply don't have solid theories to explain them yet. That description might make you think that this book is anti-science, or that it caters to fans of pseudoscience, but that isn't the case. The tone supports rigorous application of the scientific method to refine our understanding of the data in every instance.
This is definitely a book written for the average person. The author does a good job of explaining the concepts that he covers so that they are understandable. Since the fields he covers range from physics, to medicine, to neuroscience, that's a good thing; It would take an exceptional person to be well-versed in all of the fields that this book touches on.
Here's a simple way to tell if you'll like this book. If I say to you "the 'cold fusion' results that basically ruined Stanley Pons' and Martin Fleischmann's careers weren't necessarily all that crazy," do you want to know why? If you do, then this book is probably the kind of material you'll find interesting. (It will also elaborate on that particular statement in one of its chapters.)
Great book! I really enjoyed the vast spread of material covered in this book. I listen on my drive into work, and I wanted to keep listening after my arrival.
The title pretty much says it all for me. I kept reading to the end, hoping for something interesting to come up, but it never happened. None of the topics covered in this book is anything new. If you've been keeping up with the latest science at all, you will not hear anything here you haven't heard many times.
Yes... Questions make us better.loved the info on homeopathic drugs and alpha constants
This book was fantastic. I think that the fact I listened to it instead of reading it made a big difference. It can be very technical in certain areas but Brooks delivers each of the 13 subjects ( which really stretches more to about 20 with the sub content) with clear and concise descriptions, enough for a complete laymen to comprehend and he brings out as much of the humor and the irony as can be brought about in a book related to mathematical formulas, cell structure and physics can possible offer. James Adams does a wonderful job narrating and kept me listening for hours on end. The worst part of this book was at the end, when it was over. I wish they cover another 13.
That valium is really a placebo, SHOCKING!
That valium is really a placebo, SHOCKING!
Love Reading, happy I found Audible. Listen to books, on my way home, while working out, and at work. Been reading a lot of Non-Fiction history and science.
The book started out as I expected it to, going over some really thought provoking stuff.
But I felt that at times it would wonder a little bit. And it started to lose my attention toward
the end, as the subject matter started to lean more on the medical side. Not a bad book, just not as captivating or interesting as what I have been reading lately. The narration was good, the performer has a voice for reading. He does have a accent, so do listen to a sample to be sure that it is agreeable to you.
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I tried, I really tried, but listening to this made me feel like I was back in the lecture hall and falling asleep in class. The title had me psyched and I thought this would be a fun listen, but boy was I wrong. :(
I picked up this title not knowing what to expect. As a science fiction nut, I obviously have an interest in the science behind the fiction. What I wasn't expecting was a well written, well read book that takes scientific concepts and puts them in a context that is very accessible to someone who doesn't have a degree in advanced physics. In short, a wonderful read about a topic that not many think about.