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Dreams of a Final Theory: The Scientist's Search for the Ultimate Laws of Nature | [Steven Weinberg]

Dreams of a Final Theory: The Scientist's Search for the Ultimate Laws of Nature

This is the story of a grand scientific quest: the quest for a unifying theory of nature. Writing with dazzling elegance and clarity, Nobel Prize - winning physicist Steven Weinberg retraces the steps that have led modern scientists from relativity theory and quantum mechanics to the notion of superstrings and the idea that our universe may coexist with others. Along the way, he voices the questions that are always present: Why does each explanation of the way nature works point to other, deeper explanations?
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This is the story of a grand scientific quest: the quest for a unifying theory of nature. Writing with dazzling elegance and clarity, Nobel Prize - winning physicist Steven Weinberg retraces the steps that have led modern scientists from relativity theory and quantum mechanics to the notion of superstrings and the idea that our universe may coexist with others. Along the way, he voices the questions that are always present: Why does each explanation of the way nature works point to other, deeper explanations? Why are the best theories not only logical but beautiful? And what implications will a final theory have for our philosophy and religious faith?

Intellectually daring, rich in anecdote and aphorism, Dreams of a Final Theory launches us into a new cosmos and helps us make sense of what we find there.

©1993 Steven Weinberg; (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A splendid introduction to the nature and ambitions of modern physics and a brilliant and...moving essay on its philosophical implications." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Listening to this audiobook, one feels as if one has entered the classroom of a popular physics professor. With a clear tenor voice, [Langton] never falters in this reading, even when tackling the many difficult physics terms." (AudioFile)
"This splendid book is as good reading about physics and physicists as this reviewer can name...clear, honest, and brilliantly instructive." (Scientific American)

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    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 08-03-09
    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 08-03-09 Member Since 2005
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    I decided to approach Steven Weinberg's "Dreams of a Final Theory" because it is an area about which I know little. The Audible offering of the book is very good. I seek out books that are well read, well written and informative. This audio volume wins on all three counts.

    I came to the book as less than a novice. I caught onto the authors points without a deep understanding of math, E=MC2 or anything of the kind. His chapter, "On a Piece of Chalk," introduced basic principles of Atomic Theory in a clear way. His placement of physics into historical context was particularly helpful.

    If you are a novice and would like to learn something new - this may well be worth your time. It was worth the time so far as I was concerned.

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    Amazon Customer United States 02-15-13
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    Would you listen to Dreams of a Final Theory again? Why?

    yes. it's a great book. It is a tad brief but still enjoyable


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    Rohit NORTH QUINCY, MA, United States 01-31-11
    Rohit NORTH QUINCY, MA, United States 01-31-11
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    This is a nice book and will give the reader a good perspective of what a Final theory needs to be.

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  • Jonathan
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    1/29/11
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    "Entertaining, different"

    This is a bit of a pot pourri of a book that discusses amongst other things science, the scientific method, politics and religion all in the context of the quest for the Final Theory and it's importance to humankind.

    The book does this in a way that is entertaining, (unsurprisingly) highly intelligent, blunt and at times very funny. The authors personality is highly apparent in the book and (to me) the reader for the audio version was a very good match. It moves along at a clip and I would guess for most people would demand a fair amount of concentration to follow (it did for me anyway).

    It's not a beginners guide, but if you do have a reasonable acquaintance/interest in physics and cosmology and would like to see it from an unusual and entertaining angle, then this book/recording does this very well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rohit
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    8/24/09
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    "Good Material"

    I do agree with the other reviewer about the reader but, personally I felt that the material was great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Harry H.
    7/18/09
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    "terse"

    The terseness of the speaker is off putting for me, but I suppose he may be emulating the author's character - the words seem to indicate this.

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