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Carolyn

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  • The Quantum Story: A History in 40 Moments

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jim Baggott
    • Narrated By Mike Pollock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (108)

    Utterly beautiful. Profoundly disconcerting. Quantum theory is quite simply the most successful account of the physical universe ever devised. Its concepts underpin much of the 21st-century technology that we now take for granted. But at the same time it has completely undermined our ability to make sense of the world at its most fundamental level.

    John says: "Not for the Casual Reader"
    "Not for a Lay Reader"
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Jim Baggott and/or Mike Pollock?

    No. I expected this to be a book for a well-educated lay reader. But a lay reader could not hope to understand the content, especially in an audio format.


    What could Jim Baggott have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This was ill-suited for an audiobook. There is much too much math here to listen to.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was workmanlike. Not much good or bad to say about it.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration. It's very tedious to listen to long equations being read out loud. And there are a lot of long equations in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrative was stripped of the stories that make it fascinating and we were left with the math. A person who can understand this level of math likely already knows it. For the rest of us, there will be few who can hold these new quantitative concepts in their heads as the equations are read out loud. If you think you can and somehow you've managed to get this far in life without already knowing the book's content, then go for it. For the rest, there are many books that are much better with theory and anecdote out there. I cannot recommend this book in the audio format.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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