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  • Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

  • By: Richard Wolfson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Richard Wolfson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,094
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,030

"It doesn't take an Einstein to understand modern physics," says Professor Wolfson at the outset of these 24 lectures on what may be the most important subjects in the universe: relativity and quantum physics. Both have reputations for complexity. But the basic ideas behind them are, in fact, simple and comprehensible by anyone. These dynamic and illuminating lectures begin with a brief overview of theories of physical reality starting with Aristotle and culminating in Newtonian or "classical" physics.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great primer for hard SF fans and physics laymen

  • By David on 01-05-15

Very interesting and basic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-18

I found this book very interesting. It explains quantum mechanics and relativity in an easily understanding way without the necessary math. While the author/reader makes reference to charts and illustrations during he lecture, he does a fine job providing a verbal description. I would recommend this book to anyone who desires a lay person's view of the subjects.

  • What If?

  • Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
  • By: Randall Munroe
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,435

Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent of the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there were a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humorous but serious answers to crazy hypothetical

  • By Neuron on 05-08-16

Excellent book for both humor and science

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-16

I found this book both entertaining and full of scientific facts and trivia. Mr. Munore entertains the reader with humor backed by evidence and calculations. It is a shame that only one book is here, more of Mr. Munroe's work is needed.

  • Dare the Devil

  • By: Elaine Raco Chase
  • Narrated by: Destiny Landon, Lee James
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Welcome to Glacier Country! Luthor Devlin and his ranch hands were out tracking 20th-century rustlers when they stepped into a time warp! There on the jagged cliffs was a woolly mammoth, a sabre-toothed tiger, and a tawny, near-naked savage. She was a primal fantasy come true - that left him stunned!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different .. in a GREAT WAY!!!

  • By Brandy C. on 11-10-12

Good story - Good Production

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-16

Just finished “reading” Dare the Devil, my first from Ms. Chase, and it was very interesting. I don’t usually read books of this genre, but this book was recommended to me by a friend. I found the story moved quickly and kept me hanging on. I have listened to many, many audio books but found this production noteworthy. Usually read by one narrator, this book uses different narrators for the different characters. While the reading is unabridged, the theatrical effects of the different voices and sound effects make the book a much better listen. Other reviews can describe the plot much better than I can, but I can say I was riveted. The only not so negative comment I would make is that I listen while I am driving and listening to some of the scenes while driving is difficult ;-).

Overall, a good read and a well written story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Inferno

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23,138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,817
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20,891

Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last 36 hours, including how he got there...or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings. Langdon's world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping, compelling

  • By Happy Woman on 09-15-16

Too Many "That was close" events

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-15-13

This book i snot up to Mr. Brown's past. Every situation that occurs, at first there doesn't seem to be a way out but at the last minute a solution seems to materialize out of nowhere. While the action is good and the book moves along, the believability suffers as the story progresses.

On the good side, the references to Dante and history did prompt me into looking up the details. I learned a few things of history that I did not know before. This is Mr. Brown's forte.

A good read but not spectacular.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • What Einstein Didn't Know

  • Scientific Answers to Everyday Questions
  • By: Robert L. Wolke
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 146

How does soap know what's dirt? How do magnets work? Why do ice cubes crackle in your glass? And how can you keep them quiet? These are questions that torment us all. Now Robert L. Wolke, professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh, provides definitive - and amazingly simple - explanations for the mysteries of everyday life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A funny thing happened on the way to a great book

  • By Joseph on 10-01-12

Explainations for scientists and others

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-13

I listened to this and the sequel "What Einstein told his cook" and was fascinated with both. With a background in science and engineering, I learned a few fun facts reading the book. I would recommend this to anyone, regardless of their level of scientific knowledge. The book is well written and narrated, except for a few bad puns and jokes (which I really did enjoy with a small smile ;-).