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  • Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Richard Wolfson
    Overall
    (225)
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    (200)
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    (201)

    "It doesn't take an Einstein to understand modern physics," says Professor Wolfson at the outset of these 24 lectures on what may be the most important subjects in the universe: relativity and quantum physics. Both have reputations for complexity. But the basic ideas behind them are, in fact, simple and comprehensible by anyone. These dynamic and illuminating lectures begin with a brief overview of theories of physical reality starting with Aristotle and culminating in Newtonian or "classical" physics.

    Joel says: "Enjoyable lecutre"
    "Dense. But thorough and accessible."
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    What made the experience of listening to Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition the most enjoyable?

    Dr. Wolfson is excellent at explaining incredibly difficult concepts in accessible ways.


    What other book might you compare Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition to and why?

    Particle Physics for Non-Physicists: A Tour of the Microcosmos

    http://www.audible.com/pd/Science-Technology/Particle-Physics-for-Non-Physicists-A-Tour-of-the-Microcosmos-Audiobook/B00DEPQ1IS

    Both are detailed lectures on difficult modern physics. Both look at the historic and societal aspects of these physical advancements.


    What about Professor Richard Wolfson’s performance did you like?

    He's engaged and obviously brilliant. But, he's also obviously accessible, down-to-earth and easy to listen to.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Understanding Einstein's Genius


    Any additional comments?

    Be prepared to rewind or relisten. It's a tough topic. But, rewarding when a new concept clicks in your mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Particle Physics for Non-Physicists: A Tour of the Microcosmos

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven Pollock
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (108)

    Would you like to know how the universe works? Scientists have been asking that question for a long time and have found that many of the answers can be found in the study of particle physics, the field that focuses on those impossibly tiny particles with unbelievably strange names - the hadrons and leptons, baryons and mesons, muons and gluons - so mystifying to the rest of us.

    Briggs Johnson says: "Fundamental understanding of fundamental stuff."
    "My favorite Great Courses Lecture"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Particle Physics for Non-Physicists: A Tour of the Microcosmos to be better than the print version?

    There is no print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's a lecture. This question is weird. Steven Pollock?


    Have you listened to any of Professor Steven Pollock’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to his lecture on Classical Physics. This one is much better. I think this is his area of expertise, though. So that makes sense.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Intense interest and desire for more and more detail. This should have a second and third version.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Pollock's presentation style. I love that he carefully organized these lectures. And, I love that he helps me to feel like I have a thorough understanding of the work being done at large colliders (well, mostly just the LHC now).

    I've listened to this twice. I intend to listen a third time. It's absolutely fascinating. I loved learning about Quantum Chromodynamics and Quantum Electrodynamics.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Sean Carroll
    Overall
    (114)
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    (101)
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    Time rules our lives, woven into the very fabric of the universe-from the rising and setting of the sun to the cycles of nature, the thought processes in our brains, and the biorhythms in our day. Nothing so pervades our existence and yet is so difficult to explain. But now, in a series of 24 riveting lectures, you can grasp exactly why - as you take a mind-expanding journey through the past, present, and future, guided by a noted author and scientist.

    Michael says: "Get From Eternity to Here instead"
    "More about entropy and less about time."
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    What made the experience of listening to Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time the most enjoyable?

    He gets very very technical and detailed. I got a lot out of each lecture.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time?

    I appreciated that he deconstructed this idea of the "laws of physics" being absolute. The second law of thermodynamics in particular.


    What about Professor Sean Carroll’s performance did you like?

    Great lecturer. Has an engaging way of speaking and he prepared these lectures in a very accessible way.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Time is not what you think.


    Any additional comments?

    I said above that it's more about entropy than time. But, in the first lecture he points out that entropy is the best way to think about time. And he carries this through all the way to the end.

    This was the most dense of the Great Courses Lectures I've listened to so far. Probably worth a second and third listen. You will get a lot out of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great Ideas of Classical Physics

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven Pollock
    Overall
    (28)
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    (25)
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    Classical physics is about how things move, why they move, and how they work. It's about making sense of motion, gravity, light, heat, sound, electricity, and magnetism, and seeing how these phenomena interweave to create the rich tapestry of everyday experience. It is, in short, the hidden order of the universe.

    C. D. White says: "Enthusiastic Professor Captured My Interest"
    "Not my favorite physics lecture. Still good."
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    What did you love best about Great Ideas of Classical Physics?

    It sheds new and renewed light on high school science class. Goes into more detail. I loved learning more about Newton's upbringing and life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Great Ideas of Classical Physics?

    I more enjoyed the ending when he begins to talk more about modern physics. But, that may have more to do with my personal preferences than a review of the lecture overall.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's non-fiction. So, this question doesn't make sense. But, I enjoyed learning about conservation of momentum.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Learn the things you forgot to learn in high school science.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a good listen. I recommend it if you are interested in classical physics and Newton.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Max Tegmark
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
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    Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present and future, and through the physics, astronomy, and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the ultimate multiverse. In a dazzling combination of both popular and groundbreaking science, he not only helps us grasp his often mind-boggling theories, but he also shares with us some of the often surprising triumphs and disappointments that have shaped his life as a scientist.

    Michael says: "Wow!"
    "The first 3/4 are great. Rest is still good."
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    What did you love best about Our Mathematical Universe?

    He gets into some very complicated physical ideas and challenges the reader (listener) to follow him. I listened to some sections a half-dozen times to really understand the entirety of the point he was making. It wasn't because it was poorly explained. But, it is quite challenging material. He really delivers it well.


    What other book might you compare Our Mathematical Universe to and why?

    I don't have a good comparison for this one. It's a bit different than others I've come across. More technical and more theoretical.


    Which character – as performed by Rob Shapiro – was your favorite?

    Seeing as it is non-fiction, this is a weird question to ask me. Max Tegmark?


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely not. My head often hurt after 30 minutes. Pace yourself. You'll get more out of it.


    Any additional comments?

    The last quarter of the book seemed like it was written to other physicists. It was a more radical theoretical interpretation of the multiverse(s) and he does a lot of defending his point preemptively. It was still interesting, but was qualitatively different than the first 3/4.

    Strongly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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