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Brad

orange, CA, USA

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  • Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Bernadette Quigley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (212)

    In an attempt to find out, Mary Roach brings her tireless curiosity to bear on an array of contemporary and historical soul-searchers: scientists, schemers, engineers, mediums, all trying to prove (or disprove) that life goes on after we die. She begins the journey in rural India with a reincarnation researcher and ends up in a University of Virginia operating room where cardiologists have installed equipment near the ceiling to study out-of-body near-death experiences.

    Christine says: "Read this book, but don't listen to it!"
    "good book, gave me more questions then answers"
    Overall

    I thought this was an interesting read. She gives many examples of the possibility for our hope of an afterlife from the belivers point of view as well as from the skeptics. It is not really a book to convince you we do or don't go on after death but gives some compelling examples to support this and also explanations for how they could be misinterpreted. I personally like the book and found the readers presentation to be enjoyable. I also found it to be a good book for provoking thought.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Studio 360: Tesla

    • ORIGINAL (54 mins)
    • By Kurt Andersen
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    This week, the astounding mad scientist life of Nikola Tesla. Just who was this pioneer of radio, radar, and wireless communication? We discover his legacy in the work of today's scientists and artists. Samantha Hunt's new novel The Invention of Everything Else is a fictional portrait of Tesla. Monologist Mike Daisey tells us how Tesla X-rayed Mark Twain's head. And across the country, garage inventors toil in obscurity for the next breakthrough that will change the world.

    Brad says: "excellent book on an amazing man"
    "excellent book on an amazing man"
    Overall

    I found this book to be a very good read. I have always been fascinated with Tesla's work and this book gives a good introduction to it. I especially like Mike Daisey's portrayal of him. It is very sad that Edison is a household name and Tesla is unknown. He is the true father of electricity with twice as many patents as Edison. It would be difficult to find an electronic device in our homes today that does not in some way use one of Tesla's inventions. X rays, radio, florescent lights, tesla coils, ac motors, particle beam accelerators, wireless power distribution were all first envisioned by Tesla. He changed the world by giving it AC electricity and then scared it with his other crazy ideas, like receiving radio signals from outer space with what could now be considered the first radio telescope. He was also ridiculed for saying that some day people would have radios that would fit in their pocket that could send and receive information from anywhere in the world. I think the thing that really freaked people out though was when his laboratory had lightning bolts that were not shooting from the sky to it, but instead lightning bolts would be shooting FROM his lab to the sky. This book gives a very brief outline of his work and is good for someone who is curios about this very strange man who did things that to this day scientist can not explain.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guglielmo Marconi: The Scientists and Inventors Series (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 1 min)
    • By Geoffrey Orme
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne, Full Cast
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Marconi didn't invent radio waves, that credit goes to Heinrich Hertz, for whom the units hertz and megahertz are named. Hertz had discovered and first produced radio waves in 1888. But it was Marconi who took the Hertz discovery and developed what the world now knows as radio. In 1894 Marconi began experimenting at his family's home near Bologna. In 1899, he sent a signal 31 miles across the English Channel to France.

    Brad says: "Interesting but missing a major fact"
    "Interesting but missing a major fact"
    Overall

    This book was interesting in telling about how marconi brought radio to the masses and mentions several scientist who helped in the endeavor. I found it to be rather interesting. It does however not mention that the inventor of radio was not marconi but nikola tesla. Marconi had his patent revoked because it was identical to a patent belonging to tesla. Unfortunately it was not uncommon for tesla to not get credit. He also invented the worlds AC power system, AC motors, X ray machine, florescent lights, tesla coil,wireless power distribution, particle beam accelerator, transformer and over 700 other things in nearly every electronic device we use today. In addition to this book I would recommend studio 360's book on tesla.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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