I was all set to like this. I had heard a very interesting interview with Fred Alan Wolf on Insights At the Edge so had high expectations for this audio recording. But for some reason Dr. Wolf seems to have the mistaken impression that he has to ham up his delivery to make it interesting or to live up to his "Dr Quantum" persona. So the delivery was painfully corny to start with but the most disappointing part was the fact that there wasn't much depth to the content. This audio might work for someone who has never been introduced to "New Thought"/ Eastern approaches to spirituality or to the places where those philosophies intersect with science, but it seemed to me that, even if that were the case, there are better introductions to those ideas to be found elsewhere.
I really enjoyed this audio book. Dr. Wolf is a very vibrant speaker that makes listening to very deep ideas and quantum science very interesting. He builds on the topic very well and repeats key points, which is helpful being on an audio presentation. He may take some getting used to for some listeners, but going past his idiosyncrasies, he does have many good thing to say.
I'm a fan of quantum physics but struggle with the concepts most of the time. This audiobook had me sneaking whatever few moments I could get to continue listening to this fascinating concept of how we apparently create most of our own circumstances and opportunities.
If you have an inquiring mind, I'm sure you'll find this an interesting "read".
Dr. Wolf used this audio as a springboard for
his beliefs on religion instead of being totally
objective. I've scratched him from my list of favorite authors.
Dr. Quantum's (Dr Fred Alan Wolf ) style is playful and takes on different personifications, I liked it. This playfulness helps bridge traditional views to a new way of seeing the world through quantum possibilities.
Quantum possibilities are a real large jump from traditional thinking. This book is for people willing to evaluate new information, not for people to slam because it doesn't match their established world view. Remember, as Dr. Quantum points out, everyone once believed the World was flat, and the Sun circled the Earth. If you wish to learn how science now sees the World, this is an EXCELLENT choice.
Yep, Fred has an interesting presentation, but he is not dry. He relates his ideas about physics in more understandable interpretations. Yes he runs on, and would admit it. He is a fun guy and this is a fun book, but the concepts behind all this are really serious and on the leading edge of a new way of thinking about who we are, and what everything is about. Ya have to listen, and I promise you will learn about the quirky mix of quantum physics and the new thought type tone of the message, and you may learn something about yourself and improve yourself. Can you chance it? I think you have to use the credit. Maybe it will be you that changes the world...
This audio book is pure gold. I have purchased more than a dozen fine audiobooks and this one is now number one on my list. Wolf reads his own book and some of the strait-laced may be a bit put off by a herr professor who in spots sounds like a manic comedian. And maybe a few aspects of the argument could have been more developed and the point underlined. But this is a popular introduction on how quantum physics relates, or has similarities, to a spiritual understanding of the world and as such, I think, is a spectacular success. Wolf uses metaphor, analogy and word pictures to bring his point across, signs of a very good writer. He deals in profound ideas and though he may make it seem like a sleigh ride, it aint that easy to do. There is speculation here and assumptions so if you are looking for a scientific explanation of quantum physics this audiobook is not for you. Materialists, you'll hate it! But for me, Wolf is a supremely wise old coot full of vim and vigor and joy of life. A gem.
This book didn't help me at all. First of all, this isn't a book, it's more like a lecture. I'll never buy these "leture/speech type" audio books again. It leaves the author to babble on and on about things unrelated to the topic.
Although Fred Alan Wolf might be a great scientist, he is NOT very good explaining things to people. He makes countless references to this being "kind of" like that. If you want to make an anology, use a good example that fits, don't try to "bend" an unrelated topic to fit your needs.
Fred is really irratating and makes sound effects and stupid people impressions.
If you'd like to know more about quantum physics, I would NOT recommend this book.
I bought this book to learn something about how quantum physics relates to *my* reality (as outlined in the description from the publisher). What I got was an annoying, 4h9m, series of bad analogies, bad character parodies, and loose ties to physics of any type. The book can have been one sentence long and skipped all the irritating prattle:
"When life gives you lemons you decide whether to make lemonade."
Perhaps I'm being short-sighted, but can't seem to read/listen between all of Fred Alan Wolf's muttering.
This is a clowns guide to unspiritual thinking, an educated character with way to many answers. He is the apostate Pat Robertson, humility wrapped around arrogance; Who could buy this but the sophmorically needy.