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A reader of fact and fiction

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  • 12 Essential Scientific Concepts

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Indre Viskontas
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    Science is such a vast arena of knowledge that people looking for a better grasp of its secrets often wonder where to begin. The answer: with the essentials. Now, finally satisfy your desire for scientific inquiry in a way that makes this enormous field accessible, understandable, and undeniably captivating.

    Tanglebones says: "Excellent overview of major science concepts"
    "Not what the title promises"
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    The first 10 chapters seem to be more about physiology than anything else. This may be better suited to people with interests to workings of human body and cognitive systems, but this is not what the title promises.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Richard Wolfson
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (239)

    "It doesn't take an Einstein to understand modern physics," says Professor Wolfson at the outset of these 24 lectures on what may be the most important subjects in the universe: relativity and quantum physics. Both have reputations for complexity. But the basic ideas behind them are, in fact, simple and comprehensible by anyone. These dynamic and illuminating lectures begin with a brief overview of theories of physical reality starting with Aristotle and culminating in Newtonian or "classical" physics.

    Joel says: "Enjoyable lecutre"
    "Great stuff - but not good audio book."
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    I had some difficulties with this book, as the lecturer probably uses lots of pictures and illustrations. "As you see here..", "In the picture...", "Here we have clock A..." Fortunately the lecturer has so clear style in presentation, that it is possible to follow through examples without the illustrations.

    AND where are the illustrations? As I have bought a book that uses illustrations, I would expect them to be visible. Can't at least find them in the Audible pages.

    I would guess this would be good video lecture to follow. As audiobook .. leaves lots of room for improvement. As general book about theory of Relativity and Quantum physics, quite nice.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Particle Physics for Non-Physicists: A Tour of the Microcosmos

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven Pollock
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (122)

    Would you like to know how the universe works? Scientists have been asking that question for a long time and have found that many of the answers can be found in the study of particle physics, the field that focuses on those impossibly tiny particles with unbelievably strange names - the hadrons and leptons, baryons and mesons, muons and gluons - so mystifying to the rest of us.

    A reader of fact and fiction says: "Excellent introduction for a non-physicists"
    "Excellent introduction for a non-physicists"
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    I would recommend this to anybody who is interested in fundamental parts of our universe. Very clear presentation, easy to follow, and seems at least to me to cover the subject very well.

    I have no interest to dwell into the mathematics of particle physics, and the aim of the series of lectures is indeed to deliver as comprehensive overview of particle physics to a listener just like me.

    Very clear presentation, and I would like to listen to more material of this subject produced with such clarity and attention to delivery. Excellent!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Why Does E=MC2 and Why Should We Care

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw
    • Narrated By Jeff Forshaw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    In one of the most exciting and accessible explanations of The Theory of Relativity in recent years, Professors Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw go on a journey to the frontier of 21st century science to consider the real meaning behind the iconic sequence of symbols that make up Einstein's most famous equation, exploring the principles of physics through everyday life.

    Roy says: "Needs a few Diagrams"
    "Bad reader, bad audiobook"
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    What did you like best about Why Does E=MC2 and Why Should We Care? What did you like least?

    Very interesting book, well written about hard-to-grasp subject.


    What didn’t you like about Jeff Forshaw’s performance?

    I am afraid this might be an accent thing, but the reader has tendency to Emphasis every Other word WithOut any Relation To Context. Also, he avoids vowels, for example word "unimaginable" becomes "'nmginble". This makes listening to at least this book tiresome experience.


    Any additional comments?

    There probably are many explaining illustrations in this book - which are not available when you are listening in a car.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Quantum Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Hannu Rajaniemi
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    The Quantum Thief is a dazzling hard SF novel set in the solar system of the far future - a heist novel peopled by bizarre post-humans but powered by very human motives of betrayal, revenge and jealousy. It is a stunning debut. Jean le Flambeur is a post-human criminal, mind burglar, confidence artist and trickster.

    GS says: "Fast Paced Innovative Sci Fi"
    "good story, horrible quality of sound"
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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rupert Degas?

    There is a problem with the quality of recording: the different voices are played with so much difference on volume, that listening the book in car is impossible.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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