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Robert

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  • Quantum: Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Manjit Kumar
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (374)

    Quantum theory is weird. As Niels Bohr said, if you aren’t shocked by quantum theory, you don’t really understand it. For most people, quantum theory is synonymous with mysterious, impenetrable science. And in fact for many years it was equally baffling for scientists themselves. In this tour de force of science history, Manjit Kumar gives a dramatic and superbly written account of this fundamental scientific revolution.

    Terezia says: "Biographic facts not explanations."
    "Kumar's QUANTUM surpasses all"
    Overall

    Of all the audiobooks on the history of quantum mechanics available from audible.com, Kumar's QUANTUM is the most lucid, best written, chooses to emphasize the most significant events and puts them in the correct historical context and order in such a way that we can see their relevance to the theory of the quantum.

    25 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • A Brilliant Darkness: The Extraordinary Life and Mysterious Disappearance of Ettore Majorana, the Troubled Genius of the Nuclear Age

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Joao Magueijo
    • Narrated By Christopher Sullivan
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    On the night of March 26, 1938, nuclear physicist Ettore Majorana boarded a ship, cash and passport in hand. He was never seen again. In A Brilliant Darkness, theoretical physicist Joo Magueijo tells the story of Majorana and his research group, the Via Panisperna Boys, who discovered atomic fission in 1934. As Majorana, the most brilliant of the group, began to realize the implications of what they had found, he became increasingly unstable.

    Robert says: "Magueijo A BRILLIANT DARKNESS not so illuminating"
    "Magueijo A BRILLIANT DARKNESS not so illuminating"
    Overall

    It is good to hear of Ettore Majorana. The over-breezingly, if not sloppily, written text disappoints. Maguielio seems to have "learned" much about Majorana by way of gossip and cafe table talk, so it's hard to know what's substantiated and what's not. One virtually gets the impression that although Majorana published virtually nothing his genius thought of "everything." It's good to have the history of nuclear physics, but it's disappointingly sketchy. It's generally well-known that Enrico Fermi was not the brightest/deepest, which Magueijo emphasizes _ad nauseum_. It's quite as if Magueijo wrote this book to correct the (false) impression we get of Italian physics from Fermi, by creating an Italian genius who Magueijo comes just short of saying outranked Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg, Pauli... The breezy narrator brings out the faults of the book. I'm sure there's a good story there, but Magueijo didn't tell it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bones and Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Brian Glover
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Andy Dalziel of the Mid-Yorks CID has witnessed a murder, but it was though dark glass and he was being sick at the time. Now he finds the case shrouded in uncertainty and a string of contradictory statements. And who is his anonymous letter writer threatening suicide? Meanwhile Dalziel's colleague, Peter Pascoe, has returned from a long convalescence uncertain about his job, his marriage, or his motivations whilst having to act as a moderator to the strong-willed Dalziel.

    Mark says: "poor quality audio"
    "poorest sound quality"
    Overall

    Very poor sound quality, very muffled and barely distinct. (I've downloaded over a hundred audible.com books & have never had this complaint.) Too hard to listen to...too bad, because a Hill novel never disappoints.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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