I do not know, did not read print version. Had time to listen though, on the way to and from work.
Perhaps "The Viral Storm".
Excitement and a conversational quality, a very interesting conversation.
It renewed some scientific passion for me, made me feel excited about science.
I wasn't expecting this book to be so interesting to me. The way it was read was excellent and I didn't want to stop listening, and will probably listen again.
I found 13 Things That Don't Make Sense both entertaining and thought provoking. It is certainly fascinating to consider all of the things that science has figured out but humbling to acknowledge all that we still have left to learn.
He has a very intelligent sounding British accent that gives the book an added dimension. He also had an interesting inflection that makes the book more entertaining to listen to.
Really enjoyed this book, but come on Audible, your app is the. worst. It is slow to load, crashes, never renders the thumbnails in recent titles (who tested this thing??!) and periodically just loses its place and starts in some random location. The app is so bad it just spoils my enjoyment completely.
This was certainly worth the listen, but due to the varied topics/fields covered not all the mysteries were equally interesting to me. Unfortunately, one of the mysteries I found most intriguing -- the pioneer effect -- has been resolved as of April of this year. So if ever there's a reprint it should be the "12 Things . ."
The title is a lot more sensational than the content. There are some legitimately interesting chapters, but a lot of filler.
Grandma bibliophile! Audible books make reading with an active life possible.
Some of this book was absolutely riveting and fascinating! Other parts of this book I'm just, what? I'm not exactly the most intensely educated in science so some of this went right over my head and some was well explained so I got the jist, so that was OK! For the most part though I'd say go ahead and get the book. It was a fun listen, I feel for the scientists in the past who's ideas weren't confirmed until later, post-mortem for them, so they were humiliated and shunned in life. Goes to show that just because you are unique and brilliant doesn't mean you're wrong! Give it a go and see what you think, I sure don't regret the credit. It was interesting enough I'd like to know more of what we don't know!
Gen-Xer, software engineer, and lifelong avid reader. Soft spots for sci-fi, fantasy, and history, but I'll read anything good.
A decent overview of some the unsolved questions that modern science is currently puzzling over (how to explain all the "missing" matter in the universe) or lacks the data to answer conclusively any time soon (is there life on other planets? do we really have free will?). Then there are a few chapters concerning what might be described as fringe science (e.g. cold fusion, the placebo effect, homeopathic medicine). While I appreciate the spirit of inquiry, I suspect that homeopathic medicine is probably not one of the great mysteries occupying scientific minds today.
Unfortunately, the author's style is a bit fragmentary -- he drops a lot of names and technical information, but doesn't make the core controversies quite as clear as they could be, or provide the satisfying overview one might get from a book focused solely on astrophysics, space exploration, or biology. Regarding the "fringe science", the author's discussion of the side making the incredible claim is extremely lightweight. Sure, maybe the cold fusion people are somehow right, and the mainstream scientific community will be proven wrong, but this writer hasn't elucidated anything compelling about that particular mystery -- if it even is a mystery -- for me.
Still, the book expressed an interesting theme: the scientific community has always had trouble accepting anomalous data that suggests that current theories on something might be flawed -- those who have staked their careers on an existing model aren't eager to see it overturned, and those who might try to explain the data using a new framework must put their own reputations on the line. Thus, it takes a while for "hey, the galaxy isn't expanding the way Einstein's theory predicts" to become an issue scientists are willing to talk about. For this somewhat disquieting revelation and the fact it'll probably whet your appetite for other science reading, this book's certainly worth a library check-out.
Of all the audiobooks I have ever purchased, this is the one I listen to over and over. The narration is clear, and each time I listen, I catch a new detail or understand something a little more fully. I think it should be required listening/reading for high school students to inspire them that there are still mysteries out there, waiting to be discovered.
Other reviewers have dogged on the last chapters of the book, especially the chapter on homeopathy. He does say there is no reason for it to work scientifically, and yet people feel better. Placebo? Perhaps, but that IS the mystery that doesn't make sense. In fact, there is a whole section on placebos, a mystery in and of themselves.
I agree those chapters aren't my favorites either, but the topics aren't fully explained by modern science, and that is the theme of the whole book: 13 scientific mysteries of our time.
The mysteries covered in the book are explained from the ground up, so you can fully appreciate the anomalies. They topics covered are dark matter and energy; possibly incorrect laws of physics (the Pioneer anomaly); varying constants of nature; cold fusion; what *is* life; the WOW signal; a giant virus (that even though viruses are not alive, it has a genome like yours); why things die; why do some organisms have sex?; do you actually have free will?; the placebo effect; and homeopathy.
As you can see, the topics are varied and all are described in full. Your mind will be opened to new ways of thinking about the world around you. Enjoy!
Very informative choices of the major unanswered scientific questions of our time. A VERY difficult task. Particularly good for someone wanting to do important science. He/she must think like this. I disagree with the negative reviews, 2008.
This has been one of my favorite listens. I have listened to every chapter multiple times and get something new out of each listening. It is content dense, but so interesting.