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  • What Is Real?

  • The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics
  • By: Adam Becker
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
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Every physicist agrees quantum mechanics is among humanity's finest scientific achievements. But ask what it means, and the result will be a brawl. For a century, most physicists have followed Niels Bohr's Copenhagen interpretation and dismissed questions about the reality underlying quantum physics as meaningless. A mishmash of solipsism and poor reasoning, Copenhagen endured, as Bohr's students vigorously protected his legacy, and the physics community favored practical experiments over philosophical arguments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good, "light" "read"... potential caveat below...

  • By James S. on 03-31-18

Outstanding Overview of Quantum Foundations

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Reviewed: 09-16-18

This is a very well written and narrated historical overview of quantum physics that brings us into the present (i.e., this goes well beyond the discussions between Einstein and Bohr). The account detailed herein is as much about the physics as it is about the individuals involved in developing the theory. The writing is clear and understandable, although if you are entirely new to quantum physics be forewarned this is not an easy topic. It is, however, incredibly interesting. As the title suggests, this is a book about the physical nature of reality as it relates to our more basic understanding thereof, and the author has given us a truly delightful historical narrative interweaved therewith. Excellent work to everyone involved in the production of this book.

  • Born in Africa

  • The Quest for the Origins of Human Life
  • By: Martin Meredith
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 44
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In Born in Africa, Martin Meredith follows the trail of discoveries about human origins made by scientists over the last hundred years, recounting their intense rivalry, personal feuds, and fierce controversies, as well as their feats of skill and endurance. The results have been momentous. Scientists have identified more than 20 species of extinct humans. They have firmly established Africa as the birthplace not only of humankind but also of modern humans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Up to date interesting

  • By Simon on 02-15-12

An Excellent Introduction to Paleoanthropology

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Reviewed: 06-17-18

This is an excellent book introducing the evolutionary origin of humanity. Herein, you'll find an account of the 20th century scientists, their discoveries, and their developing human-origin narratives, with more recent researchers and their contributions mentioned in the final chapters. The author does a good job of avoiding a dry historical account of brute facts. The narrator also does a fine job.

  • Why Evolution Is True

  • By: Jerry A. Coyne
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
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Why evolution is more than just a theory: it is a fact. In all the current highly publicized debates about creationism and its descendant "intelligent design", there is an element of the controversy that is rarely mentioned: the evidence, the empirical truth of evolution by natural selection.

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  • As great as everyone says it is

  • By Joseph on 12-01-10

True, indeed.

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Reviewed: 10-10-16

An excellent introduction to the Theory of Evolution as well as a clear presentation of the evidence and arguments obliging a belief therein.