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Escondido, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lisa Randall
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie

    The latest developments in physics have the potential to radically revise our understanding of the world: its makeup, its evolution, and the fundamental forces that drive its operation. Knocking on Heaven's Door is an exhilarating and accessible overview of these developments and an impassioned argument for the significance of science. There could be no better guide than Lisa Randall.

    "Dreadful, over-long and dull"

    This is a dreadful book. Don't waste your time or money. I had recently read and heard quite a number of physics books, most of which were very good (Nothing, The First War of Physics, The Quantum Story, The Disappearing Spoon, Cosmic Jackpot, For The Love of Physics, Electric Universe, The Grand Design, The 4% Universe, etc.), and this was by far the worst. It is a combination of school marmy preaching, name dropping, hyperbolic pep talk, full of herself prim pseudophilosophizing, and LHC tour guidance. Dull and duller by turns. There is some interest in the description of the LHC experiments, but just. Another one of those 'we are on the verge...' chronicles that never even approach a good explanation of why.

    12 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sam Kean
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette

    Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

    Ethan M. says: "Excellent, if unfocused"
    "If you like science and fiction..."

    If you like stories about science, specifically centered on elements of the periodic table, you will love this book. They are not science stories, but great stories related to science. Along the way you will get a little science, but not so much. It's mostly about great stories, like why you can track the Lewis & Clark expedition by the mercury laxatives they took, why spoons were made from gallium, why Fleishman and Ponds, why they put bismuth in pepto, and on and on. The stories are only related by their chemical connection, but it all hangs together in a terrific collection performed excellently. Five stars for the stories, four for the performance. Very entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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