In This Explains Everything, John Brockman, founder and publisher of Edge.org, asked experts in numerous fields and disciplines to come up with their favorite explanations for everyday occurrences. Why do we recognize patterns? Is there such a thing as positive stress? Are we genetically programmed to be in conflict with each other? Those are just some of the 150 questions that the world's best scientific minds answer with elegant simplicity.
With contributions from Jared Diamond, Richard Dawkins, Nassim Taleb, Brian Eno, Steven Pinker, and more, everything is explained in fun, uncomplicated terms that make the most complex concepts easy to comprehend.
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"Offers a rare chance to discover big ideas before they hit the mainstream." (New York Times Book Review)
l'enfer c'est les autres
A series of essays that read like an ode to science. Good poetry makes you feel your way to understanding, and these essays let you understand by feeling and just gives enough to whet you curiosity on the topic and give you further ideas for further listening.
This book would make a great first science book for the listener since it covers wide areas of science by making the listener feel the topic but not enough to fully understand or assimilate. As for me, the book makes a great last book in science to listen to because it summarizes superbly the 100 or so science books I've listened to (and reviewed) over the last 3 years. Now, I finally realize it's time for me to move on to other kinds of books to discover about our place in the universe.
One of the narrators of this book, Peter Berkrot, read "Confessions of a Crap Artist". You know it's a great narrator when your mind goes back to something he had read (over six months ago) and you give the narrator that personality he had from the other book. That character in "Crap Artist" makes the truly bizarre the normal, and his reading of the strange in science by making it normal made the listening experience all the more enjoyable.
This was a great book but Peter Berkrot is not a good narrator for non fiction. He has a snarky Catcher in the Rye type of voice. Emotion and deprecation detracts from discussions of quarks and black holes
I like books a lot. I like a lot of books a ton.
Deep, Beautiful, Elegant
A huge number of essays from a great number of thinkers covering an amazing amount of topics.
The two British narrators did a fine job. The two American narrators were extremely irritating, to the point that they might have done the worst narration job I've ever heard. The American man sounded like a cross between the Dateline narrator and a joke on a Simpsons show, and the woman sounded like she was reading a nursery rhyme instead of a science book.
Man: "We live among the stahhhrs, in the vastness of schpaaaaaaayyyyyce." Like it was a movie trailer.
The topics covered were extremely fascinating.
If you know the subjects, even at an introductory level, you might agree with the comments and feel good about yourself. If you don't, you are probably not going to learn, and you'll just feel confused.
There is no story here, but that wouldn't have to have been a bad thing, it's just that the small texts are hard to follow, and you don't really learn anything from them.
This is a book best formatted as a text, not as audio.
No story at all, just compilations of other people thoughts about great discoveries.
Again there was no story and I LOVE science and still couldn't understand allot of the reports. I needed a dictionary to listen to this and this is the first book I've ever EVER said that about after reading over a thousand books I would guess.
This book turned me off so badly I want nothing to do with ANYTHING from this book again.
I would cut out the first 200 pages and then leave out the last 80 pages as well!!
I didn't like this book at all.. as you needed a degree in language and 10 other sciences to understand this text and some of the chapters were embarrassing they were so poor.
I got almost nothing from this giant grab bag of all kinds of things thrown together and couldn't follow most of it. Worst book...no ...second worst book I ever bought.
"great short stories from the greatest minds"
this book is good for drives, waiting in line, bathroom, falling asleep and maybe even regular reading.
every answer is a gem.
every answer can be read many times over.
but don't fooled. you need serious concentration to understand most answers. which makes it all the more fun.
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