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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
    (302)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (167)

    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 11 people found this review helpful
  • Smashing Physics: Inside the Discovery of the Higgs Boson

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jon Butterworth
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    The first insider account of the work at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the discovery of the Higgs particle - and what it all means for our understanding of the laws of nature. The discovery of the Higgs boson made headlines around the world. Two scientists, Peter Higgs and Fran├žois Englert, whose theories predicted its existence, shared a Nobel Prize. The discovery was the culmination of the largest experiment ever run, the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider.

    Benoibe says: "Surprisingly accessible and full of personality!"
    "Quickly written for the advanced physicist"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Smashing Physics? What did you like least?

    Butterworth doesn't cater to the novice. He gets right into the details, but mixes it up with his travel experiences to keep the reader's head from exploding. Don't bother if you do not have a basic knowledge of particle physics. It's a book about the current events at LHC and will be consigned to the dustpan of history in a year or two. The author, I feel, thought this also, which is why it seems so hastily written. No Pulitzer Prize here.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I'm still waiting for the book on the engineering and technology that went into building the incredible LHC. This is a very focused writing on the search for the Higgs from a theoretician's viewpoint. There is also a lot of repetition.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I still can't get over how the Brits say naught point one, instead of zero point one. I had me confused for a few sub-chapters.


    Was Smashing Physics worth the listening time?

    If you have a knowledge of particle physics, you can lean some things. If not, you will never stand to finish this one.


    1 of 1 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
    (2729)
    Performance
    (1849)
    Story
    (1849)

    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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