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Briggs Johnson

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  • 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
    (178)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (158)

    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.

    A reader of fact and fiction says: "Excellent introduction for a non-physicists"
    "Fundamental understanding of fundamental stuff."
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    What made the experience of listening to Particle Physics for Non-Physicists: A Tour of the Microcosmos the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is very forgiving, and understands the listener is there to learn. Walk in with a cursory understanding of "things are made of other things", and walk out tossing around terms you now understand like "Fermion" and "Neutrino".


    What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I feel nothing really could have been done to improve the listening, aside from including PDF's with things you'll only understand after, to give the listener a sense of advancement.


    What does Professor Steven Pollock bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His tone, as mentioned, is forgiving. He keeps the atmosphere light hearted and energetic, and you never feel like you're being spoken down to.


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

    This book has no narrative, so the question more apt would be "did it make me contemplate how I exist?"

    Yes. Knowing that even smaller than the atom, even smaller than the proton, exists a level of matter so abstract that it is unseeable directly is a world changer. You will contemplate many thing you thought you knew.


    Any additional comments?

    If you need your understanding of particle physics to become greater than the base level you'll get in popular media like Cosmos and Bill Nye (which are fantastic places to start), this will explain in familiar terms to everyone where to guide your education on the next step.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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