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Barret

Fayetteville, AR, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Quantum: Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Manjit Kumar
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (361)

    Quantum theory is weird. As Niels Bohr said, if you aren’t shocked by quantum theory, you don’t really understand it. For most people, quantum theory is synonymous with mysterious, impenetrable science. And in fact for many years it was equally baffling for scientists themselves. In this tour de force of science history, Manjit Kumar gives a dramatic and superbly written account of this fundamental scientific revolution.

    Terezia says: "Biographic facts not explanations."
    "Great Synthesis of Science and History"
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    What made the experience of listening to Quantum the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the tale of the history of the revolutions and micro revolutions of thought that make up the path to our understanding of the quantum world. It shows that no dogma or accepted system of thought is sacred, and our understanding of the universe is an evolutionary process of ideas. SPOILER: The essential theme I got from this is that it comes back to the philosophical thought experiment of the tree falling in the woods with no one to observe it in any way. For Einstein, reality is independently real, and the tree actually did fall, whether or not someone directly observed it or indirectly observed its effects. For Bohr, the tree did not actually fall unless it was observed. For science, Einstein's belief could never be proven, because to prove it, something would have to be observed/measured. Bohr goes farther than just saying that objective reality cannot be proved, and says it doesn't exist in fact. This belief is just as unprovable as Einstein's and for the same reason.


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  • Chaos: Making a New Science

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By James Gleick
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (182)

    James Gleick explains the theories behind the fascinating new science called chaos. Alongside relativity and quantum mechanics, it is being hailed as the 20th century's third revolution.

    Ryan says: "Best AudioBook on Math/Physics yet"
    "Good Mix of Science and History"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Chaos to be better than the print version?

    Not sure


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Chaos?

    Mandelbrot sets and their discovery and nature.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Feigenbaum working in an obsessed manner on his computers, living off cigarettes.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Making a New Science


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  • The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Francis S. Collins
    • Narrated By Francis S. Collins
    Overall
    (771)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (174)

    Dr. Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project, is one of the world's leading scientists, yet he is also a man of unshakable faith in God and scripture. Dr. Collins has resolved the dilemma that haunts everyone who believes in God and respects science. Faith in God and faith in science can be harmonious, not separately but together, combined into one worldview. For Collins, science does not conflict with the Bible, science enhances it.

    Stephen says: "For those on the fence"
    "Good, Not Great"
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    Any additional comments?

    I feel that this book addressed some of the more superficial or commonly argued issues with regard to the merging of science and religion, but glossed over what, to me, are the more fundamental philosophical issues and took answers to those more fundamental questions as a given. Some of the information regarding how DNA works was interesting, but I was looking for more detail around the mechanisms and the elegance of DNA. The book did have some of that, but not as much as I would have expected. After all, God is in the details.

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