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Rick A

Hollywood, MD | Member Since 2007

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  • 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Brooks
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1704)
    Performance
    (793)
    Story
    (797)

    Science starts to get interesting when things don't make sense. Science's best-kept secret is that there are experimental results and reliable data that the most brilliant scientists can neither explain nor dismiss. If history is any precedent, we should look to today's inexplicable results to forecast the future of science. Michael Brooks heads to the scientific frontier to meet 13 modern-day anomalies and discover tomorrow's breakthroughs.

    Stephen says: "10 interesting chapters-read epiloge first"
    "Good for what it is"
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    It's not uncommon for academics to write a book for "the rest of us," taking what is normally incredibly obscure data and explaining as best as possible in everyman language. This is one of those and the subject matter can be quite fascinating. That being said, be prepared for the material to still be somewhat dry. The science is fascinating, but read gets bogged down in some of the references and there are callouts to various science disciplines which, if I was reading the book I would have glanced over, but in the audio version they are read at the same pace as the main information. This not intended as a slight, but just the nature of academic based material. Also, typically the written book would have associated diagrams to illustrate the point. With science materials, there is a load of truth to the phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words." Unfortuately in the audio version you have to endure all the words instead :) I liked the book, but but by the time it was over I was tired of the presentation.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Astronomy: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing 'Hoax'

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Philip Plait
    • Narrated By Kevin Scullin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (542)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (415)

    Dr. Philip C. Plait sets the record straight on many modern hoaxes and myths. Appalled that millions of Americans don't believe in the moon landing, or that an egg stands on its end only on the vernal equinox, Plait hilariously spills the truth and informs us of scientific inaccuracies in our everyday vernacular.

    Steven says: "Answers to the astronomy questions that matter."
    "A good insight to technical aspects of astronomy"
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    I love science and physics concepts, but I can get lost with a lot of the ultra technical aspects of things like astronomy. (How someone can look at squiggles on a graph and determine the is Nitrogen frozen on Neptune is beyond me. But it's fascinating they can do it.) The author does a great job of explaining much of the technical nature of the astronomy to defend his positions without losing the listener in too much jargon. The narrator also has a very approachable voice and presentation style, instead of the professor type who is talking above you.

    I especially enjoyed the explanations debunking of the moon-landing hoax conspiracies. For the sci-fi fan, the author shows you he is open to the idea of life "out there." But for the practical scientist he explains pretty well why it's not feesible to get ones hopes up for travel to the stars in the near future.

    Overall a good listen

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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