This book gives an impressive blend of scientific view and spiritual view on what constitutes death. I often wonder myself if human body / mind could ever possibly be started, suspended and resumed, in same fashion we can do with computers and machines. It is such a pleasant surprise that I found this discussion right here in the book. While the discussion is evidence based, which would certainly satisfy science hungry minds, Dr. Gupta successfully brings out the human aspect of life and death. The book caused me to think deeply about the ethical and scientific right(s) and wrong(s) when someone is declared death. Many of the stories are powerfully touching, particularly for those who have experienced similar challenges in life. It is worth having a hard copy of this book as well.
BTW, some people commented on the reading quality. On the contrary, I'd think if Dr Gupta were to be a teacher, those who could attend his lecture would be fortunate. Excellent reading, which keeps the audience engaged! The book is good, to the very end, with the interview conducted. I strongly recommend this book!
Dr Kaku's writing is always inspiring and sure to keep the audience engaged. This book is even more special. In it he broadened the discussion beyond quantum physic and cosmology. It's such an art that he can knit seemingly scattered area of interest into one coherent stream of thoughts. Whether one’s interest is in medicine, neurology, biology, computer science, quantum physic or science fiction movie, one would find plenty of enjoyable discussion. While Dr Kaku did not shy in bringing out the philosophical controversy of possible man-made intelligent and conscious mind, nor talk about his personal view on the matter, he succeeded talking about the whole serious issue with lots of candour and humour.
Reading the book, I was entertained, and educated at the same time. Highly recommend!
It's been a while for me since I last find a precious gem like this book. After reading a few good books from Blaisse Pascal, Alexandre Dumas, other stories become pale. I bought the book after some hearty recommendation, which I hope so much to be able to spread it further. Reading this book I realized that human drama when real would never fail to touch. The author has a rather simple style of telling things. On the other hand, he's observation must have been exceptional, making it possible for him to bring out tiny but psychologically penetrating details.
More than once while listing to the book, I had to stop. The emotion it conveyed overwhelmed me. It forced me to slow down and ponder. I resume the listening once I get over it. Surely the life of Papillion must have been full of pain, physical and emotional kinds; even though his story is filled with love and kindness. There were fewer words on the suffering compared to the human experience Papillion wanted to share with the reader. His survival must have a lot to do with this nature in him. The civilized French society failed him in a brutal way, yet he had not failed in embracing the kindness in human nature.
What more can be said about the power of a story, if it succeeds in making me feel this way given that I watched the movie and fully know the story upfront? Indeed, there's no recommendation that could do this book justice. Find it out for yourself!
Few stories in the book were known to me before my reading, yet its so much better to know the entire big picture and see all pieces of the puzzle put together.
Currently the pharmaceutical industry and the economy as a whole has so many ailments, which should and can be cured. Each of us can help with the cure by sharing this knowledge. Some of the things mentioned in this book, is not just wrong, but outrageously wrong.
The narrator is excellent. Its hard to be distracted from her. She knows best all the points to stress, or to lighten up!
I have difficulty in puting the rating. If I were to think of this work as a novel or a piece of art work then I would probably find it easier to rate. Those who are seeking for any element of literature or art will not find much in here. I also find the reader's voice hard for me to follow. Some time, it felt like the story loses cohenrence.
However, I could not stop. There is some compelling thing I can't name made me going through. What ever this woman was telling was true. Despite knowing that it's true, and even feeling that it's true, it's still almost impossible to envision the suffering, the cruelty that this person went through.
I could not help but cried, many times.
Reading this book I realised every human being suffers, yet, there is no limit to the number of ways of suffering as well as the pain it brings. If one cares about the goodness of human being and wants to seek the meaning of life then perhaps this shall be a worthy reading.
Beautifully read with clarity and motivation. For all those who enjoys exploring science history, this book is a must. Particularly interesting when it can relate many of the famous names in other fields, hence laying out a comprehensive view of science in particular and human history in broad sense.
Science has never been shown to me as interesting as it was in this book. Apart from all the scientific details, Stephan Hawking did a wonderful job to show the whole history of science since Aristotle until modern time. So much of the book must be read again, in slower pace so I thought I shall be looking for a hard copy as well. It's true that the reader dampened the quality of this as a whole. Yet, the content was so good that I was able to forget the performance aspect of the reader.
Would recommend the book to all age and all vocations.
This is my first reading of Richard Feynman and hence, not surprising at all, it's very interesting. Nevertheless, I must say that the collection is not well arranged. There were repetitions between chapters. If we consider the book as an interview collection, it's certainly is worthy of 5-star ranking for the content. On the other hand, if we are searching for a literature item, there are many places in the book that require improved editing or re-arrangement. My most enjoyed chapter was Mr Feynman's talk about how science should be taught.
The reader is excellent. The content ... May be it was very exciting during its time. The discussion had many good points, mainly about inheritance and co-adaptation as well as struggle for life. Nevertheless it makes some major errors in moving on to re-assert the negation of creation. It didn't explain, as it intended. One cannot say one has explained the existence of number "2" by saying that there was existence of number "1". The book failed in convincing that creationism is wrong. However, it was worthwhile reading for me.
Most people would have tasted love at some point in time, yet I wonder how many were lucky enough to feel and remember it as well as it was in Jane Eyre. Amazingly written, and so is the reading (or the acting, I should say). This book, and its audio recording shall stand the test of time for many more years.
Love the book and would recommend to all book lovers.
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