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Lake Stevens, WA, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 2 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 85 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015

  • Universe on a T-Shirt: The Quest for the Theory of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dan Falk
    • Narrated By Mark Ashby

    No scientific quest is as exciting and elusive as the search to understand the Universe. Falk's book places this search in its historical context, tracing the quest from its roots in ancient Greece to the 21st century, through the breakthroughs of Newton, Maxwell, and Einstein, up to the excitement of "string theory" and today's efforts to merge quantum theory with general relativity. With as much emphasis on history as on science, Falk's enlightening and entertaining book is aimed very much for the general reader.

    Michael says: "Yet Another Brief History of Science"
    "Absolutely nothing new."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I study quantum mechanics so I tend to look for the books others do not like due to complexity or mathematics. I am very laid back about my expectations of audio books so I rarely complain. This is one of those times. The narrator is great. I hate soft spoken narrators because you cannot hear anything if you walk a few feet away or have visual distractions. This narrator should do all audio books. Next to Berry White or James Earl Jones I couldn't ask for better listening enjoyment. That said I am left with the content which is rehashed info from any source online meaning you could google the books title and learn more from search results in the first five hits. I know the author is better then this so it really makes me wonder why he published such drab material. If you want really dumbed down science then this is it. If you are really interested in the topics in this book then you should always be challenged by what you are reading. If not then you are just getting a rerun of someone else's work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Sean Carroll
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Time moves forward, not backward---everyone knows you can't unscramble an egg. In the hands of one of today's hottest young physicists, that simple fact of breakfast becomes a doorway to understanding the Big Bang, the universe, and other universes, too. In From Eternity to Here, Sean Carroll argues that the arrow of time, pointing resolutely from the past to the future, owes its existence to conditions before the Big Bang itself---a period of modern cosmology of which Einstein never dreamed.

    Jonathan says: "Best summary of modern cosmology yet, but...."
    "Time is truly disected like never before."
    Would you consider the audio edition of From Eternity to Here to be better than the print version?

    I love written books but I also love listenning to audio books while doing the mundane tasks required in the day to day grime. This book is great for the listener since hardly any math is mentioned and when it is required you dont feel overwhelmed.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Carroll has the best grasp of the meaning of

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The part I enjoyed most was the many descriptions of how time was defined throughout history. The author made each insight as clear as a cloudless summer day sky. This was also helped by having it read aloud by a very firm and warm voice.

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

    The book gave me a new view on the universe and how it came to be.

    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a scientific view of what time really is. The reader needs only a basic grasp of science to enjoy the views carroll lays out. I am studying quantum mechanics and while I knew many of the theories he took time to describe I still felt as though much of it was a better way to see how it all works without the use of mathematics.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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