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The Upright Thinkers Audiobook

The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey From Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos

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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of The Drunkard's Walk and Subliminal, and coauthor of The Grand Design (with Stephen Hawking): an account of scientific discovery from the invention of stone tools to theories of quantum physics - a history at once inspiring and entertaining.

In this fascinating and illuminating work, Leonard Mlodinow guides us through the critical eras and events in the development of science, all of which, he demonstrates, were propelled forward by humankind's collective struggle to know. From the birth of reasoning and culture to the formation of the studies of physics, chemistry, biology, and modern-day quantum physics, we come to see that much of our progress can be attributed to simple questions - why? how? - bravely asked. Mlodinow profiles some of the great philosophers, scientists, and thinkers who explored these questions - Aristotle, Galileo, Newton, Darwin, Einstein, and Lavoisier among them - and makes clear that just as science has played a key role in shaping the patterns of human thought, human subjectivity has played a key role in the evolution of science. At once authoritative and accessible, and infused with the author's trademark wit, this deeply insightful audiobook is a stunning tribute to humanity's intellectual curiosity.

©2015 Leonard Mlodinow (P)2015 Random House Audio

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    "10/10 Got What I Wanted. "

    Well done. I'll be recommending this book to people along with Subliminal! Leonard Mlodinow makes sciences approachable to anyone. Great job Leonard and thank you!

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    rodrigo 07-12-15
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    Funny, well informed and at times thrilling and moving. Mandatory read for anyone who cares about science and the our intellectual history.

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    Joseph H. Oyer Worcester, MA, US 07-17-15
    Joseph H. Oyer Worcester, MA, US 07-17-15 Member Since 2014

    Audible has helped me expand my appreciation for history, science and the arts. The Great Courses series are illuminating. More please!!

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    "Fascinating history of the development of human thought and problem solving"

    At first I thought this was going to be just another book about down from the trees to up to the stars. I was wrong. The author has crafted an engaging tale of human thought and interaction. It is a must read history if one is at all interested in where we, as a species, came from and where we might be going. Thank you Professor Mlodinow.

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    "amazingly interesting book!"

    one of the best history of science book I have ever read.
    easily written and interesting

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    "unexpected subject focus"

    A decent read, I found that as it progressed the author moved away from a more generalized observation of human intellectual progress to a more concentrated look at the major contributions to physics.

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    Alfred 07-12-15
    Alfred 07-12-15
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    "The subject matter outweighs the amateur narration"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The wealth of information provided was entertaining. The self narration was a distraction that took some effort to ignore.


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    hughrdaman 08-05-15
    hughrdaman 08-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Tiresome"

    The author is self-indulged and tries too hard to hard to be cute with modern pop references while constantly distracting the reader by injecting tiresome blurbs about his personal life. I was left wondering who the book was about. There is no new ground here but rather a rehash of what so many authors have done better. I made it to the fifth chapter before crying uncle.
    Author: Leonard Mlodinow
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    About: Leonard Mlodinow (and some other stuff...).
    I want my money back.

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    Kman 05-25-15
    Kman 05-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Ok book about history of physics"

    Short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson is much better although more comprehensive in terms of subjects

    And his former book, subliminal is better than this. Still okay.

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