Start with Grand Design, then Briefer History of Time by Hawking and follow up with Elegant Universe and you have the best summary of Quantum Physics available for non-physicists. (Whitten is the only one who understands Quantum Mechanics anyhow, so they say :).
The discussion of special and general relativity and quantum theory makes this book worth listening to or reading. When it gets into string theory it becomes tedious and bogs down but I am guessing that is the state of string theory research.
The book did not convince me that string theory is more than a concoction to avoid mathematical conundrums of the standard model. I'm frankly amazed that physicists have delved so far into supposition, but perhaps there is nowhere else to go.
The performance leaves something desired. The story and explanation of the necessary physics for the story are grand.
Someone who needs to sleep.
Falling asleep in the first chapter.
He makes very interesting material...sorry nodded off there. I've had narcolepsy since listening to this narrator.
The narrator. The material seemed like it would have been very interesting otherwise.
could have used less selling in the beginning and less reviewing at the end - but when sifted out, the interesting theories made it worthwhile.
I always read books based on astronomy and particle physics. I listen to them while driving and normally I am able to follow perfectly fine as the author builds on concepts throughout the book. When I first started this book, I had no issues. However, by about the three quarter mark, I was starting to lose him. By the end of the book, I was completely lost. Perhaps maybe do some more research on string theory on an easier book before tackling this one. It will help if you stop every so often and think about what the author has said or do some of your own research to fully understand before moving on.
Middle School Parent
Make sure that you are in a quiet place and in an inquisitive mindset. You see how far we have come but end up questioning what do we really know.
excsellent very informative great narrator clear voice good explanations. well structured. easy to understand for non scientist
This stuff is hard/ hang in there and you will some new things, that still confusing me,
Happy to say I love this book and feel free to buy at any time it's a good listen to