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Timothy D. Sowell

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  • What Einstein Got Wrong

  • By: Dan Hooper, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dan Hooper
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

These 12 half-hour lectures are about what Einstein got wrong. He may have kindled a scientific revolution with his famous theory of relativity and his proof that atoms and light quanta exist, but he balked at accepting the most startling implications of these theories - such as the existence of black holes, the big bang, gravity waves, and mind-bendingly strange phenomena in the quantum realm. This course by research physicist Dan Hooper of the University of Chicago assumes no background in science and uses very little math.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • About More Than Just His Mistakes

  • By Timothy D. Sowell on 12-22-17

About More Than Just His Mistakes

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Reviewed: 12-22-17

While these lectures do indeed concern some mistakes Einstein made, there is a lot of background material on his work that is very interesting. Professor Hooper is a very engaging speaker and obviously well versed in the subject matter. If you have any interest in The General Theory of Relativity, Einstein's life and work, or the history of Physics in general, I think you will enjoy this work very much. I know I did!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Law School for Everyone

  • By: The Great Courses, Edward K. Cheng, Joseph L. Hoffmann, and others
  • Narrated by: Edward K. Cheng, Joseph L. Hoffmann, Molly Bishop Shadel, and others
  • Length: 25 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 782
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 770

Over the span of 48 lectures, four experienced lawyers and teachers recreate key parts of the first-year law student experience, introducing you to main areas of law most every beginning student studies. Enriched with famous cases from the annals of American law and powerful arguments by some of history's most successful lawyers, these lectures offer access to an often intimidating, surprisingly accessible, and civically important field.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye opener

  • By Dustin Wilson on 04-15-18

Very Interesting and Entertaining

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Reviewed: 11-24-17

This is the first (and only) “multi-professor” course I’ve had wherein all four professors were articulate, engaging, well-prepared and just plain entertaining. The legal subjects covered are wide-ranging and the professors include both historic and current reasoning and examples. The “reasoning” is especially interesting because they don’t just describe the current environment but also provide background on what it was like in the past and why it changed. This in one of my favorite courses and I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in the law and/or our legal system.

40 of 43 people found this review helpful

  • A Brief History of the Crusades: Islam and Christianity in the Struggle for World Supremacy

  • Brief Histories
  • By: Geoffrey Hindley
  • Narrated by: Deryn Edwards
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 24
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    4 out of 5 stars 19
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    4 out of 5 stars 19

Why did the medieval Church bless William of Normandy's invasion of Christian England in 1066 and authorise cultural genocide in Provence? How could a Christian army sack Christian Constantinople in 1204? Why did thousands of ordinary men and women, led by knights and ladies, kings and queens, embark on campaigns of fanatical conquest in the world of Islam? The word 'Crusade' came later, but the concept of a 'war for the faith' is an ancient one.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad

  • By SAMA on 02-03-14

Confusing in audio format

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Reviewed: 03-22-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I found it very difficult to follow the flow of this book. Incidents were described "serially" rather than "chronologically" so that someone who died in one story line would play a prominent role in a story line much later in the book. In written form, this might not have been an issue, but I found it a confusing listen.

What didn’t you like about Deryn Edwards’s performance?

The reader did an okay job some times, but seemed to lack interest in the contents of the book. As an example, when starting a new chapter, the words "Chapter Two" or whichever was read almost as part of the previous sentence rather than being emphasized.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

As I mentioned above, this book would probably be fine in written form. There were lots of details throughout and despite my confusion I did learn a few interesting details.