Another one of these scientists's half-hearted attempt at getting a few dollars out of the public's curiosity for anything 'stringy' and 'cosmy'. I must say that this latest effort is more honest than most, but mostly more clumsy. Penrose is more honest in the sense that a lot of the research spelled out in excruciating details is actually his own or that of his collaborators. More clumsy because of low quality illustrations, referred to by a notation system that is counterintuitive (in the accompanying PDF, illustration 2.9 appears pages BEFORE 2.14. ) Worse still, the choice of a narrator is awful, a voice that takes several chapters getting used to. I suppose that the tone and timbre chosen was to match that of the old professor, but it sounds shakingly feeble and quite monotonous, certainly no match for the excellent voice in Richard Panek's 4% Universe.
the first part is a good exposition of historical development leading to the standard model.
give the job to someone else, possibly a reader that understands physics and takes throat drops.
some of it was
Forget all string theorists and read outside the box - This trend is getting to be very annoying, too much dogma by too many priests who copy each other with too much hype. Avoid any book that uses the word 'profound' more than 100 times, as Dr Susskind's latest book does. Those books are deeply superficial and provide glorified snakeoil with narcissistic overtones. Penrose avoids some of that, and this is why I bought the book. Buy at your own risk.
it is complete...although described as 'short' - As compact a book as the bonds between quarks...you cannot listen to this book with your eyes open or walking your dog.
It's fine, a real pro, like one is not frequently found with Audible books readers. His breathing is impeccable, considering the difficulty of the material read.
'the whole enchilada in the shortest possible time.
A graphic companion to show numbers, since numbers do not register well in the audio mode -
At the very top
The amazing capacity the author has to produce vivid visual and intellectual shortcuts to our understanding of these phenomenons. Having photons travel in time from the origin f the universe to the satellite that capture the faint image of an early galaxy was the greatest opening a book on that subject could have come up with.
Too many to enumerate. A total treat. And there is nothing wrong to want and have to listen over and over. Few audiobook get this...or have the quality to make the exercise bearable when the need is there.
No laughing and crying. Just grateful to have a mind-expanding experience of that type, a rarity.
Keep up the good work, Audible,and tell the disgruntled reviewer to get a life!
Hugely Passionately Informative
richard panek's 4% universe for the voice, but actually better since we hear the professor himself
his infectuous enthusiam for the subject
no,...I just paid attention like a madman because the delivery is fast, admiring the enormous command of the subject, and knowing that at any rate I would have to and want to go for second listen the next time i walk the dogs to the beach, a long one.
Get it...it is the most pleasant way I found to be awe-inspired this month.
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