A transplanted Englishman, I spend my time on biography, history and military books. I appreciate good English and good narration.
A very useful book. I do not pretend to understand all these science books I keep reading (!), but I am getting more and more inside my head. Lewin is very good at making things interesting, particularly when he draws upon our real life experiences as examples. So why 3 stars? I am not anti- Semitic...nor anti American... nor anti anything like that but please...please Mr. Lewin...why the heck should I Iisten to long monologues on your father and the holocaust? There are books on that subject, I have read several, and their authors did not digress into physics. They left you to do that...rather well. In other words, hijacking my interest to provide a soapbox for your inner, irrelevant thoughts is offensive to me.
He could leave out all the science formulas and equations and just explain what happens. The equations bog the story down.
A fabulous and instructive listen. Yes the narration was a little fast and the subject matter a little meandering, but the over all narrative of such rich and complex subject matter necessitated an approach that didn't bog down and remained interesting and illuminating. Not a book to listen to when doing other things. I was ill when listening to it and so was able to give it my full attention for long periods which helped me appreciate the brilliance of what was being conveyed. There are certainly many parts I will revisit as one listen is probably insufficient for an English and History major!
don't know yet
His reading was too monotone - not enough inflection and cadence change to highlight the important items.
Disappointment and frustration at not being able to wade through the endless details to get to the heart of the story he was trying to tell.
This book is a missed opportunity for explaining the relevance of physics to everyday life. I believe Lewin has much to offer, and truly understands the subject matter in a way that allows him to make it relevant. But the book is boring, I'm sorry to say.
I wish I had this professor in High school and College. I have always loved physics but didn't quite get it enough that I could peruse it. This Professor explains things in a humorous that brings it to reality for you. It shows you how physics works in the world around you and gives you a basis to grow from, which is what is required to grasp the more intricate and mathematical parts of physics.
Its an awesome book for those who just want to know what the point to physics is. It is an awesome book for those who what an launching point into greater physics. the professor / writer is witty, entertaining and informative. the Narrator communicates all of that in his tone as he reads through this book and keeps you actively listening.
Life is wonderful ! Lots of great books to listen yeah !
"Einstein and the Quantum" and "Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum"
Write strictly on physics
Wrong choice, move on . . .
Author is a good lecturer/ teacher. He bring fun into the classroom - better to be one of his students, maybe not his reader.
First part teaching basic physics and than ... wow ... jump into x-ray astronomy. I do not understand the concept of this book.
Aboslutely not. I do not believe it has many fans.
I have listened to Brian Green on String Theory and Multiverses and I sat through Gary Taubes on carbohydrate metabolism, so it is not that I don't like non-fiction. But, although the narrator does his best, this is the most screamingly boring book that I have ever had the misfortune to encounter. The author seems to be a nice guy, his personal anecdotes are entertaining enough, but he is either over-simplifying to an egregious extent or spouting equations. There seems to be nothing between these two extremes. This is the first time I have ever exclaimed out loud "I can't take it anymore!" as I switched chapters. I finally gave up halfway through. I couldn't finish it, even for the love of physics!
Not unless I was tied to a chair and the earphones placed over my unwilling ears.
Regret that I am blaming him for something that is not his fault.
Violent spasms of ennui.
I loved how Walter Lewin told his story and taught physics side by side. It was very engaging.
Walter Lewin himself!
His story during WW2
Amazing book, everyone should have the opportunity to read/listen to it.
not particularly because it turned into a rant on global warming.
The discussion on Physics was outstanding. He should have stayed focused on it rather than delve into environmentalism. his discussion on the makeup of stars, and effects of tars and light could have been condensed.