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  • Horizons of Cosmology: Exploring Worlds Seen and Unseen

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joseph Silk
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    Highly esteemed astrophysicist Joseph Silk explores the vast mysteries and speculations of the field of cosmology in a way that balances an accessible style for the general reader and enough technical detail for advanced students and professionals. Indeed, while the physical laws and origins of the universe can be endlessly complex, even Einstein once mused that they could be explained simply enough to be grasped by nonspecialists.

    Amazon Customer says: "One of the best stories on modern cosmology"
    "One of the best stories on modern cosmology"
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    If you could sum up Horizons of Cosmology in three words, what would they be?

    just listen fool


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best was that he was able to incorporate storylines into what can be perceived as a dry field. It focuses on cosmology forming from astronomy and then slowly establishing itself as not only a legitimate field but a key area in our understanding of our universe.


    Any additional comments?

    read this book if you're wondering how measurements such as time and distance can be confidently given

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lee Smolin
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
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    (92)
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    The Trouble with Physics argues that a limited notion of time is holding physics back. It's time for a major revolution in scientific thought. The reality of time could be the key to the next big breakthrough in theoretical physics. What if the laws of physics themselves were not timeless? What if they could evolve? Time Reborn offers a radical new approach to cosmology that embraces the reality of time and opens up a whole new universe of possibilities.

    Gary says: "Probably the best Science book I've listened to"
    "not his best"
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    The Trouble With Physics: is still one of my favorite books. Read it first if you haven't already.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
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    (102)
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    In his first memoir, Richard Dawkins shares a rare view into his early life, his intellectual awakening at Oxford, and his path to writing The Selfish Gene. This is an intimate memoir of the childhood and intellectual development of the evolutionary biologist and world-famous atheist and how he came to write what is widely held to be one of the most important books of the 20th century.

    C. Beaton says: "Only for Dawkins' Fans"
    "There's not much new material"
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    There is nothing wrong with this book. I would be quite interesting to someone new to Dawkins. If you have read many of his books and watched the BBC specials, then you are already familiar with a good portion of the story.

    I would have said his performance was excellent except that I went to an appearance where he read from the book. His performance in person was quite funny, lively and emotional. The Audible read was more reserved.

    I found the book didn't grab my attention until he wrote about his graduate work and beyond. It seemed to end abruptly as well. I have a feeling an authorized 3rd person biography would be much more interesting.

    You know you're going to read it anyway. Why bother reading these reviews? It's good, it's just not his best

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ben Goldacre
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cowley
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    (103)
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    Author Ben Goldacre exposes the epidemic of pseudoscience and gives listeners the tools they need to distinguish good science from nonsense.

    aaron says: "The Brits Pull No Punches On Fake Medicine!!"
    "ask: was the study double blind"
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    What made the experience of listening to Bad Science the most enjoyable?

    eye opening how irresponsible the media is when publishing a story


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    yes. andrew wakefield should be held accountable for the damage he has caused.
    the rest of the mail order quacks should be publicly ridiculed for their nonsense. I'm talking about you Chopra


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
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    (1425)
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    (646)
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    (637)

    The Greatest Show on Earth is a stunning counterattack on advocates of "Intelligent Design," explaining the evidence for evolution while exposing the absurdities of the creationist "argument". Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence: from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from natural clocks that mark the vast epochs wherein evolution ran its course to the intricacies of developing embryos; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics.

    Joseph says: "Well read, well explained, scientific."
    "a masterpeice"
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    Where does The Greatest Show on Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm extremely picky about which audio books I download so they are all really good or I return them. This one stands apart. I could easily rank it in my top 5


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Greatest Show on Earth?

    Richard Lenski's experiment


    What does Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The timbre of his voice and the refinement of the performance is "like wiping your ass with silk"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • About Time: Cosmology, Time and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Adam Frank
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
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    (39)
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    The Big Bang is all but dead, and we do not yet know what will replace it. Our universe's "beginning" is at an end. What does this have to do with us here on Earth? Our lives are about to be dramatically shaken again - as altered as they were with the invention of the clock, the steam engine, the railroad, the radio and the Internet.

    Amazon Customer says: "a history of time"
    "a history of time"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    only an intelligent friend that enjoys both history and science


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the timeline of timekeeping and it's effects on society


    Any additional comments?

    honestly I think Adam frank did a better job explaining time that Sean Carroll did in his book. The two books are very different though

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams of a Final Theory: The Scientist's Search for the Ultimate Laws of Nature

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Steven Weinberg
    • Narrated By Stuart Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
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    (19)
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    This is the story of a grand scientific quest: the quest for a unifying theory of nature. Writing with dazzling elegance and clarity, Nobel Prize - winning physicist Steven Weinberg retraces the steps that have led modern scientists from relativity theory and quantum mechanics to the notion of superstrings and the idea that our universe may coexist with others. Along the way, he voices the questions that are always present: Why does each explanation of the way nature works point to other, deeper explanations?

    Roy says: "Informative"
    "If you don't know who he is, look him up"
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    Would you listen to Dreams of a Final Theory again? Why?

    yes. it's a great book. It is a tad brief but still enjoyable


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Astronomy: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing 'Hoax'

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Philip Plait
    • Narrated By Kevin Scullin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (517)
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    (390)
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    (392)

    Dr. Philip C. Plait sets the record straight on many modern hoaxes and myths. Appalled that millions of Americans don't believe in the moon landing, or that an egg stands on its end only on the vernal equinox, Plait hilariously spills the truth and informs us of scientific inaccuracies in our everyday vernacular.

    Steven says: "Answers to the astronomy questions that matter."
    ""eat if Joe Rogan""
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    If you could sum up Bad Astronomy in three words, what would they be?

    my 3 word summary: people believe that?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bad Astronomy?

    It was eye opening. I had no idea how far people's marbles were rolling.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a lot


    Any additional comments?

    follow his blog at discovermagazine

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies - How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Shermer
    • Narrated By Michael Shermer
    Overall
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    (575)
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    (572)

    In this, his magnum opus, the world’s best known skeptic and critical thinker Dr. Michael Shermer—founding publisher of Skeptic magazine and perennial monthly columnist (“Skeptic”) for Scientific American—presents his comprehensive theory on how beliefs are born, formed, nourished, reinforced, challenged, changed, and extinguished.

    Leigh says: "Great material. Not-so-great narration."
    "The best book so far on explaining beliefs"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    without hesitation. It allows the reader to look at different beliefs/superstitions from the outside


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Science Matters: Achieving Science Literacy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert M. Hazen, James Trefil
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
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    (100)
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    (98)

    These 18 lucid essays on chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy and biology will help listeners comprehend today's science news.

    Joshua says: "Everything I thought I knew, brilliantly told."
    "one of my favorites"
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    What made the experience of listening to Science Matters the most enjoyable?

    the tone and pacing of the book were just right. I listened to it with my 7 year old


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Nate Silver
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1054)
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    (1055)

    Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger - all by the time he was 30. The New York Times now publishes FiveThirtyEight.com, where Silver is one of the nation’s most influential political forecasters. Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data.

    Scott Fabel says: "Learn About Statistics Without All The Math"
    "Awesome"
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    If you could sum up The Signal and the Noise in three words, what would they be?

    bayesian statistical predictions.

    I am being forced to write additional words to meet a 15 word minimum even though I was asked to sum up the book in 3 words


    Any additional comments?

    just read it. it's fun for all ages!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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