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  • The Nature of Matter: Understanding the Physical World

  • By: David W. Ball, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: David W. Ball
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353

In the 24 engaging lectures of The Nature of Matter, no scientific background is needed to appreciate such miracles of everyday life as a bouncing rubber ball or water's astonishing power to dissolve. Moreover, the study of matter has led directly to such inventions as semiconductor circuits for computers, new fabrics for clothes, and powerful adhesives for medicine and industry.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 95% Chemistry, 5% Physics

  • By Matt on 09-06-16

Better Than The Title

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is the content for which I've been searching! Dr Ball is clear minded about the complex features of material at its atomic level. He connects the dots so well that the content seems rather simple and wonderful. I've met a few of his students, and they claim that he is spectacular in their chemistry courses. Can Dr. Ball now bring forth physical chemistry in audible form? I'll be waiting and listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Little History of Science

  • By: William F. Bynum
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cowley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Science is fantastic. It tells us about the infinite reaches of space, the tiniest living organism, the human body, the history of Earth. People have always been doing science because they have always wanted to make sense of the world and harness its power. From ancient Greek philosophers through Einstein and Watson and Crick to the computer-assisted scientists of today, men and women have wondered, examined, experimented, calculated, and sometimes made discoveries so earthshaking that people understood the world-or themselves-in an entirely new way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Title Holds No Secret...

  • By Kevin on 04-03-13

Good Coverage but Not Perfect

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-18-15

What made the experience of listening to A Little History of Science the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the narration. It plowed the surface and didn't drill too deep. Thus it provides a nice overview. I picked up on matrix mechanics being assigned to Schrodinger as the developer. More accurately, it came out of Heisenberg's camp.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful