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13 Things That Don't Make Sense Audiobook

13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time

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Publisher's Summary

Science starts to get interesting when things don't make sense.

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.

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    l.e. santa monica, california, United States 09-03-13
    l.e. santa monica, california, United States 09-03-13 Member Since 2014
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    "For smart people who think"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes... Questions make us better.loved the info on homeopathic drugs and alpha constants


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good science


    Which character – as performed by James Adams – was your favorite?

    Cold fusion


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Great

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    Michelle Mint Hill, NC, United States 06-25-13
    Michelle Mint Hill, NC, United States 06-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "The fasted 9 hours ever- wanted more"
    What did you love best about 13 Things That Don't Make Sense?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 13 Things That Don't Make Sense?

    That valium is really a placebo, SHOCKING!


    Have you listened to any of James Adams’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That valium is really a placebo, SHOCKING!


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    Devin Shughart Citrus Heights, CA United States 04-29-13
    Devin Shughart Citrus Heights, CA United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    "Not what I thought it would be about."

    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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    Ken GLOUCESTER, VA, United States 10-02-12
    Ken GLOUCESTER, VA, United States 10-02-12

    Rural Mail Carrier with an awesome husband and 3 fantastic kids!

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    "Ugh...not my cup of tea"

    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. :(

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    Joey BREWER, ME, United States 09-17-12
    Joey BREWER, ME, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Scientific Topics - Plain English Words"

    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.

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    Gerard 09-11-12
    Gerard 09-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    Would you try another book from Michael Brooks and/or James Adams?

    Found subjects very enlightening. Makes you understand how little is fact and how much we add as fiction.


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    09-10-12
    09-10-12 Member Since 2016
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    "excellent and fun for lay-people"
    Would you listen to 13 Things That Don't Make Sense again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 13 Things That Don't Make Sense?

    the overall theme that we cannot figure everything out.


    Have you listened to any of James Adams’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    n/a


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

    no emotional responses


    Any additional comments?

    just a fun book and helps me understand the overall position of science in the early 21st century.

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    Margaret Roberta, GA, United States 09-06-12
    Margaret Roberta, GA, United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "PERFECT for those of us who like to ask "WHY"?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 13 Things That Don't Make Sense to be better than the print version?

    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!


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

    If you have ever heard the phrase "mind over matter' then you will especially enjoy the section about the "placebo effect".


    Any additional comments?

    Great read...but pay attention less you miss something. Definitely one to re-read!

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    Kurt Lansing, MI, United States 09-04-12
    Kurt Lansing, MI, United States 09-04-12
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    "Exciting suprise"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 13 Things That Don't Make Sense to be better than the print version?

    I do not know, did not read print version. Had time to listen though, on the way to and from work.


    What other book might you compare 13 Things That Don't Make Sense to and why?

    Perhaps "The Viral Storm".


    What does James Adams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excitement and a conversational quality, a very interesting conversation.


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

    It renewed some scientific passion for me, made me feel excited about science.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Samuel 09-04-12
    Samuel 09-04-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Entertaining and Thought Provoking"
    What made the experience of listening to 13 Things That Don't Make Sense the most enjoyable?

    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.


    If you’ve listened to books by Michael Brooks before, how does this one compare?

    no.


    What about James Adams’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    no.

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