Science's best-kept secret is that there are experimental results and reliable data that the most brilliant scientists can neither explain nor dismiss. In the past, similar "anomalies" have revolutionized our world, as in the 16th century, when a set of celestial anomalies led Copernicus to realize that the Earth revolves around the Sun and not the reverse, and in the 1770s, when two chemists discovered oxygen because of experimental results that defied the theories of the day. If history is any precedent, we should look to today's inexplicable results to forecast the future of science.
In 13 Things That Don't Make Sense, Michael Brooks heads to the scientific frontier to meet 13 modern-day anomalies and discover tomorrow's breakthroughs.
©2008 Michael Brooks; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Yes... Questions make us better.loved the info on homeopathic drugs and alpha constants
This book was fantastic. I think that the fact I listened to it instead of reading it made a big difference. It can be very technical in certain areas but Brooks delivers each of the 13 subjects ( which really stretches more to about 20 with the sub content) with clear and concise descriptions, enough for a complete laymen to comprehend and he brings out as much of the humor and the irony as can be brought about in a book related to mathematical formulas, cell structure and physics can possible offer. James Adams does a wonderful job narrating and kept me listening for hours on end. The worst part of this book was at the end, when it was over. I wish they cover another 13.
That valium is really a placebo, SHOCKING!
That valium is really a placebo, SHOCKING!
Love Reading, happy I found Audible. Listen to books, on my way home, while working out, and at work. Been reading a lot of Non-Fiction history and science.
The book started out as I expected it to, going over some really thought provoking stuff.
But I felt that at times it would wonder a little bit. And it started to lose my attention toward
the end, as the subject matter started to lean more on the medical side. Not a bad book, just not as captivating or interesting as what I have been reading lately. The narration was good, the performer has a voice for reading. He does have a accent, so do listen to a sample to be sure that it is agreeable to you.
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I tried, I really tried, but listening to this made me feel like I was back in the lecture hall and falling asleep in class. The title had me psyched and I thought this would be a fun listen, but boy was I wrong. :(
I picked up this title not knowing what to expect. As a science fiction nut, I obviously have an interest in the science behind the fiction. What I wasn't expecting was a well written, well read book that takes scientific concepts and puts them in a context that is very accessible to someone who doesn't have a degree in advanced physics. In short, a wonderful read about a topic that not many think about.
Found subjects very enlightening. Makes you understand how little is fact and how much we add as fiction.
possibly, but i am generally too bust to read pleasure books twice. if i wanted the technical info, then i might. but it is written very well for lay-people. you dont need to be a scientist to enjoy the book.
the overall theme that we cannot figure everything out.
no emotional responses
just a fun book and helps me understand the overall position of science in the early 21st century.
I have not read the print version but that would allow the reader to go back and re-read certain parts....which in the case of this book would be helpful. The book is presented well but just stuffed full of information and names of scientists that may or may not be familiar depending on the listener. Einstein was correct when once he alluded to standing on the shoulders of giants. All scientists have done that throughout history. I liked the way the author linked "one thing" to the next in a more or less logical progression. I was waiting for more and then the book ended. It is always good to want more. I was engrossed and loved the details but the author does not belabor points and moves on to the next one quickly. He asks so many questions during the presentation that when you finish listening you want to start finding out more. Amazing what some scientists suffered at the hands of their contemporaries. It still goes on today, in every career field and in every office. That part of human nature has not evolved in recorded history. Definitely a book for people curious about why things are the way they are...or you could say a book for curious people!
If you have ever heard the phrase "mind over matter' then you will especially enjoy the section about the "placebo effect".
Great read...but pay attention less you miss something. Definitely one to re-read!
I do not know, did not read print version. Had time to listen though, on the way to and from work.
Perhaps "The Viral Storm".
Excitement and a conversational quality, a very interesting conversation.
It renewed some scientific passion for me, made me feel excited about science.
I wasn't expecting this book to be so interesting to me. The way it was read was excellent and I didn't want to stop listening, and will probably listen again.
I found 13 Things That Don't Make Sense both entertaining and thought provoking. It is certainly fascinating to consider all of the things that science has figured out but humbling to acknowledge all that we still have left to learn.
He has a very intelligent sounding British accent that gives the book an added dimension. He also had an interesting inflection that makes the book more entertaining to listen to.
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