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R. Roddewig

Virginia USA | Member Since 2012

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  • The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Edward Dolnick
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1094)
    Performance
    (826)
    Story
    (840)

    The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

    Alison says: "The Royal Society comes alive."
    "Fabulous history of Calculus in context of period"
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    Would you listen to The Clockwork Universe again? Why?

    I am listening for a second and third time. I am using the understanding of the invention of calculus as well as limits in the graduate engineering courses I teach. This is incredibly interesting to me to find out after taking numerous math and engineering courses why Calculus was invented and by whom. Plus how the concepts of infinitesimal and infinite fit into to history. Very well done and lots of context about the seventeenth century so you feel like you could go back to the days of Newton and Leibnitz and feel at home.


    What other book might you compare The Clockwork Universe to and why?

    None I know of. I am going to search for more.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Explanation of Newton's "I have seen farther standing on the shoulders of giants" comment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Marcus Buckingham
    • Narrated By Marcus Buckingham
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    Marcus Buckingham jump-started the Strengths movement now sweeping the work world with his first two blockbusters. Now, he answers the ultimate question: How can you actually apply your strengths for maximum success at work? Research data show that most people do not come close to making full use of their assets on the job. Go Put Your Strengths to Work will reveal the hidden dimensions of your strengths through a six-step, six-week experience.

    Philip says: "Wonderful book on personal development"
    "Great book but additional content is broken"
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    What did you love best about Go Put Your Strengths to Work?

    Fantastic ideas and ways to approach your current job and organization.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not really applicable.


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

    no.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The way to convert your current job to your ideal job.


    Any additional comments?

    There is quite a bit of material both online and pdf that is supposed to be accessible with a code. My code as sent by Audible does not work for any of the online content. This has made what would be an otherwise great experience frustrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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