54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.
This and Greenes other book THE ELEGANT UNIVERSE were the 2 books that opened my world to the mind blowing phantasmagoria of quantum physics and all the other drop-jaw wonders of the universe. There have been slews of books written since that have been trying to ride on the wave from greene's books, but most don't compare. .
Greene is one of the very finest science writers ever, and he was one of the first to successfully transfer these very complex ideas to the general public. This is why PBS has made huge specials out of both of these books. Narration on both books is excellent. HIGHEST RATING !!
Although I have not completed listening I like the understated irony of the narrator's reading. It is as if he know's that Greene's dismissal of Leibniz's conception of time as a mere concept, like motion which is an infinite continuum, may be a wrong headed dismissal.
I'm so glad that I didn't listen to the other reviewers who didn't like Michael Prichard's narration. In this book, I enjoyed it a lot. His infections are great and he understands when Brian Greene is telling a "joke" and tells it a such. I thought the narration was very well done and I didn't find it boring in the least.
The book itself is a wonderful, whirlwind tour though the depths of what we know about the universe we live in. Very well told with detailed, mind bending, and yet easy(ish) to absorb descriptions of very abstract subjects such as extra dimensions, string theory, and branes. One of the things I like most about Greene's writing is that he makes a point of clearly stating what theories are supported by experimental data, which are supported by mathematical manipulations, and which are speculative.
Entertaining and extremely educational. I highly recommend this book.
If you're looking for a book that will seriously mess with your head, this is it. Much better than A Brief History of Time; overall an excellent listen.
I majored in physics and this book was understandable without it. Excellently narrated, this book will either enhance scientific education you already possess, or make strange science easy to understand.
I have read tons of popular scientific physics books but THIS IS THE BEST BY FAR! Although a little lengthy sometimes, it really brings you to the current frontiers of science and will definitely leave you marveled!
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Huh? Great rating but that title?
Mr. Greene is a fine educator and Mr. Pritchard does a wonderful job as the reader, but even for this guy who actually studied physics, I need the paper and math in front of me. Some of the material blew by so fast I found myself fighting with the iPod to rewind to get that "last bit one more time". The audiobook is well done although it needs more chapter and section markers because if you do decide to go audio and do decide to maximize your return from this terrific book, you will be rewinding, unless of course you've been reincarnated Professor Einstein.
An excellent lay person indroduction into the world of physics. Starting with classical physics you are treated to a journey up through the latest fascinating theories. An enjoyable experience. I teach at a graduate level (nothing to do with physics) and was impressed with Brian Greene's gift for making a very tough subject understandable. I agree that the reader could be better but this should not stop you from buying this book. Hope you find it as much as I did.
Brian Greene has done a wonderful job making the world of theoretical physics accessible to everyone. I enjoyed the audio book so much that I went out a bought the paper book for future reference.
In Santa Barbara for a month during the summer of 2004 with this and 5 other titles on my iPod. I enjoyed Mr. Green's ability to allow me to understand this amazing topic. The Theory of Everything so to speak. I listened to the book twice during the month. I cannot wait for his third book. The problem is we may have to wait a few years for the science folks to formulate some new theories so he can explain them to us all. this book brings us current. I even read Scientific American with a yawn, ho hum feeling now that Brian covered it for me last summer.
5 star - First Rate