When I find myself eager to talk about the contents of a book I consider it to be an excellent read. This book caused me to annoy many friends. I hope I can find the time to listen again.
Meh. I feel churlish giving Alan Sklar a bad review because there is clearly a lot of effort there, but try less hard, please, Mr. Sklar. The little chuckles and rolling intonations distract from listening to the story and make you as the reader feel condescended to.
The rivalry between Isaac Newton and Robert Hooke and the patient help of Edmund Halley were the most interesting parts but the book dawdled far too long on breathless descriptions about how "It was REALLY different back then!"
Stagey. We want to hear the author, not the narrator.
If you're not familiar with the history of Newton, the Royal Society and calculus this is a very good place to start. It's a good general history that's very entertaining and non technical.
The narration was terrible in this performance and seriously detracted from the book itself. The history is interesting although the text is not particularly beautifully written. But the narration just killed it - patronizing and sometimes sneering tone. I would give the narration a zero if I could.
Audible Junkie, listen while driving everyday, look forward to the daily deal every morning just like my morning coffee
Absolutely! the content was extremely interesting. I picked it up on a daily deal and it was much more than I anticipated. I recommended it to my teenage son.
How Descartes came up with the X Y Axis and changed our world for ever. I have told multiple people that story
The narrator was excellent, his voice was perfect and his expression added to the content of the book
Students are taught the laws of physics in school, but this book brings a fresh perspective. This book shares the environment in which the laws we take for granted as truths were first explored and initially ridiculed. It shows the monumental challenge these "geniuses" faced in both uncovering the truths and then getting people to believe them. Overall, a fun, interesting way to review the basic laws of physics and astronomy.
When you listen to the narrator at first, it seems over overwrought and over done. by the first few chapters though, I was really enjoying it. He seems to enjoy the story, and even adds a chuckle when it is appropriate. The book is excellent, of course.
It's amazing how much we take for granted in our"modern" view. We deal with instantaneous speed, infinity, limits and a world where the hand of god is morale not operational. All these things are due to the extraordinary men who chose to pursue science with open minds at a time of plague and fire.
Just some dude.
if you love science and history and a good story combine with an wonderful excellent reader that brings the writing to life then you will love this book as I do!
a fascinating overview of the changes in the worldview of science due to the new revelations brought in by the great minds of the era. I was amazed by how tightly even great minds hold to religious views that instead of abandoning the idea of a God they would modify their interpretation of him to fit the new ideas which in most cases flew in the face of the texts of the Bible.