If you study quantum mechanics as an undergraduate, you will generally get a nicely packaged product with all the rough edges trimmed off, maybe a paragraph or two about the history of the subject, and almost no treatment of the philosophical underpinnings of the theory or its philosophical implications. This book would make an excellent companion to a physics course in quantum mechanics, though I think it can also be enjoyed by a general reader. It is an excellent survey of the history of the subject touching on work by Planck, Einstein, Bohr, Born, Pauli, Dirac, Heisenberg, de Broglie, and Schrodinger. Short biographies are given for each of the key players, but the real plot is the evolution of quantum theory, as it is patched and re-patched, driven into ever deeper water by experiment after experiment.
As with many of the other reviewers I couldn't get past the narration. The narrator's voices for women and children are irritating. They all sound as if they are about to pass out from emotional exhaustion. Just as you are getting used to the character's voice in a long speech, he'll switch back to his normal speaking voice for a brief linking phrase like "she said", then drop back into the whimpering character's voice again. I found this too jarring to tolerate. I'd recommend buying one of the other versions available on Audible.
I had just finished "Within the Tides" and was really looking forward to listening to this book. Unfortunately this seems to be a digital dub from a consumer grade cassette recording. I gave up after five minutes because the sound was so bad, and the reading so flat.
This book is too poorly written to be worthwhile novel, and contains too much invention to trust as a non-fiction business biography. I'm as much of a sucker for a business narrative with reconstructed dialogue as anybody, but this books carries that gimmick way too far. The author admits in the introduction that he has simply made up whole conversations and incidents. Long sections consist of Mark Zuckerberg's supposed thoughts and internal dialogue, which is a neat trick since Zuckerberg declined to be interviewed for the book. To be fair, at least some of these sections are clearly labeled as supposition, but it's a darn lazy way to write a biography.
The writing is really over the top: "Dead silence. A moment frozen in time. A single paragraph on a single page in a book that spanned three centuries of pregnant, frozen, moments like this".
Check out "Stealing MySpace" for a similar book which is better written, and has more respect for facts.
This books is fine, but the title is deceptive. It is not a reading of "Leviathan", but a "Cliff Notes" type summary of "Leviathan" with illustrative quotes. It's a decent summary, but I was looking for the actual work. I suppose I should have been alerted by the brief length. Oh well, I'm better prepared now to read the real thing.
I hung on for a couple of hours, but eventually gave up on this one. It read like a side-bar profile for Time Magazine put together by SUN pr. It's not that I was looking for a hatchet job, but this was cringingy flattering. I thought that "The Second Coming of Steve Jobs" was a much better example in the same genre.
As other have remarked the sound levels leave something to be desired too.
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