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David

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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
    (437)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (376)

    "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.

    Brady says: "I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would"
    "Best explanation of relativity I've heard!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've read and listened to a few books on the two subjects, but this one cleared up some confusion and filled in some gaps. For example

    - With special relativity, you frequently hear the twin paradox - when one leaves on a space ship, comes back and is younger than the earth bound twin. Most explainations i've heard usually end there, but then when you think about, if motion is relative, why isn't it the earth bound twin that stays young and the space traveler age? This book clearly explained a resolution to the paradox and it all finally makes sense

    - All of the books i've read/listened to always say, "Plank started the quantum revolution when he studied heat". then the next sentence would be about Einstein and the photoelectric effect. None of them stopped to explain what plank did. This book actually explains the "UV catastrophe" and how Plank resolved the problem.


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

    The professor of your dreams - enthusiastic, great eplainations, and anticipated questions of the audience well


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Hidden Rivals That Ignited the Space Age

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Matthew Brzezinski
    • Narrated By Charles Stransky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (590)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (404)

    On October 4, 1957, a time of Cold War paranoia, the Soviet Union secretly launched the Earth's first artificial moon. No bigger than a basketball, the tiny satellite was powered by a car battery. Yet, for all its simplicity, Sputnik stunned the world.

    Thomas says: "awesome"
    "Incredible story in exciting detail"
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    Would you listen to Red Moon Rising again? Why?

    Yes - learned so much, need to go back and pick up the details


    What did you like best about this story?

    The description of the rockets, interludes to world affairs, character profiles


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Waiting for the signal from Sputnik!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Richard P. Feynman
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1883)
    Performance
    (872)
    Story
    (881)

    With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

    Charles says: "Inspiring book, HORRIBLE reader."
    "Narrator not as distracting as others made him out"
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    Would you listen to Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! again? Why?

    Yes, great stories and perspective


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Japanese diplomat


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

    No - prefer to savor the thoughts and ideas instead of rush through.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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