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Marcin

Radom, Poland | Member Since 2012

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  • The Political Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By George Lakoff
    • Narrated By Kent Cassella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    This passionate, erudite, and groundbreaking book will appeal to readers of Steven Pinker and Thomas Frank. It is a fascinating read for anyone interested in how the mind works, how society works, and how they work together.

    D. Saguy says: "An absolute must read before the 2012 elections"
    "Good story, unacceptable performance"
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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kent Cassella?

    There are many very good narrators and all of them would fit. Unfortunately, Kent Cassella made a very bad job here. I don't know any other of his performances and I hope I won't have to know. This was probably the worst narration I have ever listened to. One could think that Kent Cassella is going to win a sort of fast-reading grand prix.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • History of Science: Antiquity to 1700

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Lawrence M. Principe
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    For well over 2,000 years, much of our fundamental "desire to know" has focused on science. Our commitment to science and technology has been so profound that these stand as probably the most powerful influences on human culture. To truly understand our Western heritage, our contemporary society, and ourselves as individuals, we need to know what science is and how it developed. In this 36-lecture series, one of science's most acclaimed teachers takes you through science's complex evolution of thought and discovery.

    Fara says: "Good, but spotty."
    "Good as an intro but detailed not enough"
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    Unfortunately, I've got to admit to what another reviewer said - the course is superficial, at least there is quite a few reasons to back up such a bashing claim. Still, it's worth listening to as an introductory course to the subject. Nevertheless, prof. Lawrence M. Principe could do better job in giving more factual knowledge on such quite basic topics in his course as history of alchemy, chemistry, astrology, medicine, etc. by being more specific and providing more details, instead of uttering many empty words. Having said that, as I said, the course contain pretty substantial amount of factual knowledge to satisfy listeners expecting a basic introductory course (even listeners familiar with the history and history of philosophy of the covered period).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Uncertainty: Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr, and the Struggle for the Soul of Science

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By David Lindley
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (90)

    Werner Heisenberg's "uncertainty principle" challenged centuries of scientific understanding, placed him in direct opposition to Albert Einstein, and put Niels Bohr in the middle of one of the most heated debates in scientific history. Heisenberg's theorem stated that there were physical limits to what we could know about sub-atomic particles; this "uncertainty" would have shocking implications.

    Ryan says: "fascinating insight into the real drama of physics"
    "A philosophically inclined book on quantum"
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    This book written by a physicist is not only a historical sketch of quantum mechanics' development but also philosophical recollections of what it means, in particular from the angle of the uncertainty principle. Short as it is, the book may well be a good companion to Manjit Kumar's "Quantum. Einstein, Bohr, and the great debate about the nature of reality", all the more so because the latter is mostly historical. And even in purely historical terms it's worth reading about the same events from different angles, or even just to ponder about the same important histories again, which may inspire us in a different way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Absolutely Small: How Quantum Theory Explains Our Everyday World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Michael D. Fayer
    • Narrated By Scott Peterson
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Our intuition about how things should behave is usually right in the everyday world. We see the baseball soar in the air, arc, drop, and lie stationary on the ground. Through data gathered by our senses and basic knowledge of the laws of classical mechanics, the motion of a ball makes perfect sense. But enter the world of the tiniest particles on earth—the motion of electrons, the shapes of molecules—and everything we think we know about the world radically changes.

    Chris says: "No math - wrong"
    "a premium popular scientific book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As one of the previous reviewers said, this book absolutely doesn't deserve the harsh critique a few people has given it here. They most probably haven't downloaded an additional pdf with lots of schematics, graphs, and plots which considerably eases the listening - with them the narration is simple and as clear as crystal (no pun intended). It's a great introduction to quantum physics and chemistry - if you are interested in those subjects, you don't have to hesitate, in all likelihood you won't be disappointed.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Peterson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've never listened to any of his other performances but here he's done a great job.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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