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Stephen B. Spencer

Papaspence

North Jersey | Member Since 2010

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  • 3 reviews
  • 21 ratings
  • 241 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • Gravity's Engines: How Bubble-Blowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars, and Life in the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Caleb Scharf
    • Narrated By Caleb Scharf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (75)

    We’ve long understood black holes to be the points at which the universe as we know it comes to an end. Often billions of times more massive than the Sun, they lurk in the inner sanctum of almost every galaxy of stars in the universe. Recent research, however, has led to a cascade of new discoveries that have revealed an entirely different side to black holes. As the astrophysicist Caleb Scharf reveals in Gravity’s Engines, these chasms in space-time don’t just vacuum up everything that comes near them; they also spit out huge beams and clouds of matter.

    Gary says: "One of the best science books for non-scientist"
    "Concise and working definitions of cosmic forces."
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    This book was excellent! I found the best working definition of the "Event Horizon" and the functions of the theoretical workings of the Black Hole. Scharf proposes several outstanding and beautiful hypotheses explaining the relationships between planets in various systems and the potential black holes that power them.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Quantum Story: A History in 40 Moments

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jim Baggott
    • Narrated By Mike Pollock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (113)

    Utterly beautiful. Profoundly disconcerting. Quantum theory is quite simply the most successful account of the physical universe ever devised. Its concepts underpin much of the 21st-century technology that we now take for granted. But at the same time it has completely undermined our ability to make sense of the world at its most fundamental level.

    John says: "Not for the Casual Reader"
    "Everything you ever wanted to know...."
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    The chronological development of Quantum Theory is explained "beautifully" and in great detail. This book pulled together many desparate elements that I had previously encountered into one very cohesive and compelling depiction of the development of "the Quantum".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Grand Design

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1011)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (429)

    The most fundamental questions about the origins of the universe and of life itself, once the province of philosophy, now occupy the territory where scientists, philosophers, and theologians meet—if only to disagree. In their new book, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow present the most recent scientific thinking about the mysteries of the universe, in nontechnical language marked by both brilliance and simplicity.

    Brandi says: "Hawking succeeds in mind-blowing physics, real"
    "Well read, content......not so much!!"
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    If you could sum up The Grand Design in three words, what would they be?

    Good not great.


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

    A more in depth dive into Stephen Hawkings' magnificent mind would have been more enjoyable. I feel that the book attempts to appeal to too broad an audience and probably short changes all, to a degree. That being said, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a look into the mind of Stephen Hawkings, but isn't looking too deeply into the physics of the future.


    Have you listened to any of Steve West’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I am not sure whether I have or not, but the performance was fine, engaging and clear.


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

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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