This is an excellent, easily understood, while not condescending, introduction to physics, associated history, and scientific method and thought. The expanded and explained story of Newton and his apple gave me a very profound appreciation of what was really going on with that story, and a much better understanding of the history of scientific thought. I have found myself quoting sections when relevant discussions come up and Professor Wolfson's analogies are quite clear. Articles which once left me rather confused trying to wrap my brain around concepts I can now appreciate due to this grounding in understanding. This is my third 'Great Courses' purchase and I have not yet been disappointed.
I first read this book about eight years ago, and though it is still on my shelf I did not hesitate to purchase the audio version. While this is highly informative regarding wildlife and nature, this is also such a lovely example of well done prose that I find when I need inspiration for writing or want to clear my head and think better this book does it.
Having read several post-apocalyptic stories, suspension of disbelief can be a problem. Not here. Perhaps because, as a short story (novella), the author chose not to go on long excursions of explanations of what had happened to cause the downfall of society. Perhaps too, being familiar with the geography of the setting, nothing red-flagged me as bogus to pull me from the story.
The characters are richly portrayed, the story well done. This is a very good listen.
Another reviewer mentioned that he was unhappy to find that the next two in this trilogy were not currently available. This did give me pause before purchase, but I'm glad I did. This was a good book, an enjoyable story, one which I would be likely to listen to again. It was enjoyable enough that I DID want to read the next book in the trilogy, and pulled out my kindle and bought the next two books in the series (and have read those as well).
I often look for profound sci-fi, but have neglected the less literary fun tales which still stick with you and which still have layers of meaning in the story, and this book reminded me that, indeed, a good sci-fi is about the people in the story going through extraordinary situations, as well as new ways of considering things. It would make a good movie, if Hollywood wasn't so prone to screwing up good stories.
So far this has been a very enjoyable and educational lecture series. I have always enjoyed forays into history anthropology and studying ancient texts. This so far has given me much insight into many things which I previously did not understand, and is giving me new insight into appreciation of language and grammar. The speaker is very easy to listen to and speaks with animation such that you find lectures passing very quickly while you are absorbing a great deal of information. I have purchased several great courses so far and this is my favorite.
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