Well, I can't say that for sure. I'm less than halfway through. Maybe it picks up. Although I'm extremely compulsive, and I can't stand to leave a book unfinished no matter how slow it may be, I'm afraid this is one of them that I just can't finish.
Perhaps it's my fault for not looking closely enough, but I thought I would be in for an interesting book on fetal development, most likely focussing on genetic and epigenetic factors, with a little myth busting and some good advice thrown in. Instead the book at least as of month 4, is largely personal anecdotes with vague references to scientific research that just stops short of actually explaining anything.
As I said, perhaps the later parts of the book turn around. But I'm cutting my losses and moving on.
Although the book starts off with what looks to be good advice, it just doesn't follow through when it gets to the implementation chapters. I listened to a couple chapters about things I knew nothing about and didn't feel I learned much about the topic or about the process of learning. For comparison, I listened to a chapter about something I knew a LOT about I got even less on both sides of that
I'm cutting my losses here. The next time I need to learn something new, I'll revisit the first 30 minutes, but that's really all there is to this one...
I think the highest praise you can give a book like this is that I got so wrapped up in the process of learning to memorize things that I wanted to go out and learn the techniques myself. I really enjoyed the look into the memory competition community and the story of the author's path of breaking into it.
Note - this book does not teach you how to memorize things. It does explain some fundamental techniques in the process of telling the story, but it's not a tutorial. There are many textbooks on memory techniques.
This was a very enjoyable - the science context was approachable (as a non-astronomer) and was presented in a way that captures the spirit and adventure of scientific inquiry. Although I don't normally find personal stories very compelling, in this case, I thought it lent just the right flavor to the book.
I couldn't be more mixed in my opinions. If you are interested in Steve Jobs, by all means, get this book. It's entertaining, and the biographer's personal time with Steve does give us some great new insights. That being said, my critique of this book is that the biographer, having no real understanding of the tech industry or Apple, completely wasted his exclusive time with Steve Jobs to ask the deeper questions that Steve Jobs fans really would have liked. As a standalone book on Steve, it's a good value. It's just a shame that nobody else was around for Steve's last days to write the truly insightful definitive biography I would have really liked to have read.
It might just be targeted at people with a better physics background than me, but I found this recording to be difficult to follow without being able to see the board or follow along with notes. No disrespect to the genius Feynman or his teaching ability. I just don't think this works as an audiobook.
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