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  • The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sean Carroll
    • Narrated By Jonathan Hogan
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (127)

    Scientists have just announced an historic discovery on a par with the splitting of the atom: The Higgs boson, the key to understanding why mass exists has been found. In The Particle at the End of the Universe, Caltech physicist and acclaimed writer Sean Carroll takes readers behind the scenes of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN to meet the scientists and explain this landmark event.

    Matthew says: "A History of Modern Particle Physics"
    "Great Book - If you know some physics"
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    I just finished this book and enjoyed it. But - a caveat:

    You really need to know some physics before you listen. I have a graduate degree in applied physics, and have read about quantum theory for years, so wasn't intimidated. But, if you have never had at least some undergraduate physics, I think you could be frustrated. It's not the fault of the author. He has two problems in telling his story: he can't explain all of physics in a book; and, the nature of the subject is completely unintuitive.

    Even if you don't understand all the physics, you still might enjoy the people involved, and the history of the collider. It does give insight into the particle physics community.

    One other small thing for me - I thought he went on a bit long at the end about why fund future physics. It started to sound a bit like testimony before a congressional committee. But I guess one is always required to explain the potential practical applications of anything in science, although personally, I think the answer "we need to understand the universe" is good enough.

    Anyway, definitely worth reading if you want to learn a bit about the world of cutting edge high energy physics.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5420)
    Performance
    (2503)
    Story
    (2510)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Amazon Customer says: "It tantalized my taste buds"
    "Wonderful "Read" !"
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    I loved this book. First - I found the story fascinating, the first year of the American Revolution. Like many Americans, I never had a chance to seriously study American history as an adult. Second - David McCullough is the best narrator on earth for American history. (If you aren't familiar with him, he is the narrator of Ken Burn's Civil War for example.) Third, the book is of manageable length - about six hours. Other books on this topic tend to be 30 to 40 hours long - for example Washington - by Chernow. The book is therefore more approachable if you want a taste of history without making a huge commitment in time.

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