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Chukwuma

Alpharetta, GA, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Thunderstruck

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Bob Balaban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (568)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (224)

    In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men: Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication. Their lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time.

    Michael Jones says: "Marconi, murder, mix well"
    "PHENOMENAL"
    Overall

    Erik Larson is a National Treasure.

    Anyone who has had the opportunity to read his previous book "The Devil in the White City", will definitely want to read this book.

    Larson has the ability to connect very interesting historical and technical facts to a true-life murder mystery in such a way as to provide an account that you will have difficulty turning away from.

    This is a book you will not want to miss.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Joy of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By David Blatner
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Hank Jacobs, Laura Dean
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    No number has captured the attention and imagination of people throughout the ages as much as the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. Pi is infinite and, in The Joy of Pi it proves to be infinitely intriguing. With incisive historical insight and a refreshing sense of humor, David Blatner explores the many facets of pi and humankind's fascination with it - from the ancient Egyptians to the modern-day Chudnovsky brothers, who have calculated pi to eight billion digits.

    Chukwuma says: "A great start for those who love math."
    "A great start for those who love math."
    Overall

    I think that the book "A beautiful mind" did a great deal to rekindle the love for mathematics in many of us. In school I certainly remember the drudgery of mathematics, and with the exception of my 10th grade math teacher most instructors were simply un-inspiring.

    I have recently started to read about the history and the theory of mathematics in my leisure and have found that it is a relaxing, albeit unorthodox diversion.

    This book is excellent in terms of giving the history and providing interesting pieces of the fascinating people who have worked with this number. Unlike other reviewers, I found it captivating. As with many audio books, I would recommend obtaining a copy of the print version also, because some of the equations need to be "seen" rather than just heard to truly appreciate them.

    This book is clearly too basic for people who are acquainted with mathematical history or theoretical aspects of recent math theory, but for someone like myself, who finds this kind of information interesting and challenging I give it my highest recommendation.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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