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Abhi Mahule

San Francisco, CA, USA | Member Since 2014

  • 2 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 50 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • 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

    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"
    "Quantum mechanics time travel"

    Jim Baggot does an excellent job of the taking us on the journey of the quantum mechanics. Mike Pollock's narration is likable. Since its inception with the work of Max Planck right till the current ongoing work of Ed Witten on M-String theory, the entire spectrum is well chronicled.

    You will get the glimpses of the what went on through the minds of Werner Heisenberg and Erwin Schroedinger as well as Wolfgang Pauli and Paul Dirac. The idea of Neils Bohr's Copenhagen interpretation of quantum theory is concretely explained. Albert Einstein's role in all this is nicely potrayed.

    The rich additions to the standard model of physics was done by next generation of physicists such as Murray Gellman, Sheldon Glashow, Richard Feynman. The concepts of quarks, Quantum Electrodynamics and Quantum Chromodynamics is vividly explained through the thoughts of these great scientists.

    The books ends with Stephen Hawking's black hole theory and the search project for the still elusive Higgs Boson - "the God particle"

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Insight into the reasons of success and failures"

    All star hockey players' birth dates show a rare recurring phenomenon;
    A man gets access to a time shared computer in 1968 in his high school when not all top Universities had access to one;
    A person is born with a super human level of IQ, yet fails to secure a College degree and ends up as average under achiever;
    A school in an extremely impoverished neighborhood churns out fantastic students;
    A child in a tiny Canadian village with average students and teachers becomes a best selling author.

    In this book, Malcolm Gladwell narrates a few such stories. Stories which are interesting read in themselves.
    But underneath lies a theory that super success and underachievement are products of a symbiotic mix of opportunity and hard work.

    Gladwell does well to illustrate how conditions like home environment, role of teachers, onset of opportunity and other parameters can be defining factors in success.
    What he tries to convey in the end is that success is not just a result of plain vanilla hard work.
    And moreover how we as a society should take cognizance of this fact and set up stage for greater number of success stories.

    Oh yeah and that child in tiny Canadian village is Malcolm Gladwell himself.
    He attributes his success to two super smart friends of his early childhood from his tiny school.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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