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M. Burlingame

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  • The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lee Smolin
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (135)

    In this illuminating book, the renowned theoretical physicist Lee Smolin argues that fundamental physics - the search for the laws of nature - is losing its way. Ambitious ideas about extra dimensions, exotic particles, multiple universes, and strings have captured the publics imagination -- and the imagination of experts.

    J B Tipton says: "Strings snipped"
    "Not just another rehash of Newton & Einstein"
    Overall

    If you have some background in relativity and quantum physics, and don't want to listen to another book where half of it is a review of Newton and Einstein, this is for you. Smolin discusses some of the problems with the reigning paradigms, mainly String Theory, and then offers some promising alternatives, which, sadly, get too little attention. He ends with a philosophical discussion of why we need people who "color outside the lines" to advance the field of quantum gravity, which has reached stagnation. This book applies to all fields where new ideas and speculation is suppressed by the reigning theorists.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2270)
    Performance
    (1461)
    Story
    (1456)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "A great listen!"
    Overall

    The reader does an excellent job on this very fine work of literature. I started reading the paper copy, but enjoyed the narration better. Dr. Mukherjee should be in line for a Pulitzer Prize for this timely book about a raging epidemic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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