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  • Origins

  • The Scientific Story of Creation
  • By: Jim Baggott
  • Narrated by: Neil Scott-Barbour
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
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    4 out of 5 stars 47
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

What is the nature of the material world? How does it work? What is the universe and how was it formed? What is life? Where do we come from and how did we evolve? How and why do we think? What does it mean to be human? How do we know? There are many different versions of our creation story. This book tells the version according to modern science. It is a unique account, starting at the Big Bang and travelling right up to the emergence of humans as conscious intelligent beings, 13.8 billion years later.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My brain is going to explode...

  • By AJ Rothman on 10-11-17

My brain is going to explode...

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Reviewed: 10-11-17

What an outstanding book. Its not complicated but you best have a general understanding of particle physics and cosmology. It does dive deep but he stops before you can't follow along, and he does a perfect job of it. I just can't get passed chapter 5 without my brain exploding. But I have listened to the first 5 chapters 25 times. It's that good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Universe in Your Hand

  • A Journey Through Space, Time, and Beyond
  • By: Christophe Galfard
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

Christophe Galfard's mission in life is to spread modern scientific ideas to the general public in entertaining ways. Using his considerable skills as a brilliant theoretical physicist and successful young-adult author, The Universe in Your Hand employs the immediacy of simple, direct language to show us, not explain to us, the theories that underpin everything we know about our universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • shweeet

  • By nik herndon on 10-11-16

Awesome

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Reviewed: 02-28-17

Just awesome he covers every scientific topic in a stupid easy understandable way and he really doesn't limit it to basic science he gets technical

  • Mapping the Heavens

  • The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos
  • By: Priyamvada Natarajan
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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    5 out of 5 stars 16
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Mapping the Heavens provides a tour of the "greatest hits" of cosmological discoveries - the ideas that reshaped our universe over the past century. The cosmos, once understood as a stagnant place filled with the ordinary, is now a universe that is expanding at an accelerating pace, propelled by dark energy and structured by dark matter. Priyamvada Natarajan, our guide to these ideas, is at the forefront of the research - an astrophysicist who literally creates maps of invisible matter in the universe.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unoriginal and nothing special

  • By AJ Rothman on 01-27-17

Unoriginal and nothing special

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-17

If you have already listened to several other audible books on this topic, and then wanted to write a book about those big moments, it's this book.

Lots of science books must recap historic moments, but this book is a recap of those recaps, recapped into a single book of recaps recapped. Enjoy!

She gives credit to some authors when its due. But it's just the same exact story. I'm positive she listened to the same audiobooks I did and just wrote about it. Im almost positive. She does add a little bit of original knowledge, but it's not enough.

If you're new to this area in science, and have no idea who did what, and how, by all means this is a very solid recap of those major events.
Do you know what pigeons and the cosmic microwave background have in common? Do you know who Edwin Hubble is ? If you answer is no, then enjoy this book.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to String Theory

  • By: George Musser
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
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    4 out of 5 stars 83

We're living in the midst of a scientific revolution that's captured the general public's attention and imagination. The aim of this new revolution is to develop a "theory of everything," a set of laws of physics that will explain all that can be explained, ranging from the tiniest subatomic particle to the universe as a whole. Here, readers will learn the ideas behind the theories and their effects upon our world, our civilization, and ourselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Made a difficult subject understandable

  • By Luis on 11-19-09

Awesome

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Reviewed: 09-22-16

This book exceeded my expectations it's not 100% all string theory it's the fundamental laws of quantum mechanics and general relativity along with other theories explained in detail, lots of scientific science, lots of details lots of technical information. Ray is outstanding narrator. VI don't suggest you start with this book but you should certainly end with it

  • Quantum

  • A Guide for the Perplexed
  • By: Jim Al-Khalili
  • Narrated by: Hugh Kermode
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

From Schrodinger's cat to Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, this book untangles the weirdness of the quantum world. Quantum mechanics underpins modern science and provides us with a blueprint for reality itself. And yet it has been said that if you're not shocked by it, you don't understand it. But is quantum physics really so unknowable? Is reality really so strange? And just how can cats be half alive and half dead at the same time?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Run of the Mill QM Primer

  • By Michael on 05-02-17

So far so good. It's not going to let down.

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Reviewed: 05-01-16

Covering the basics and keeping it technical. Do not dive into this thinking you're going to know it all. Though it does start at the beginning if you don't have a grasp on the standard model good luck.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Gravity's Engines

  • How Bubble-Blowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars, and Life in the Cosmos
  • By: Caleb Scharf
  • Narrated by: Caleb Scharf
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

We’ve long understood black holes to be the points at which the universe as we know it comes to an end. Often billions of times more massive than the Sun, they lurk in the inner sanctum of almost every galaxy of stars in the universe. Recent research, however, has led to a cascade of new discoveries that have revealed an entirely different side to black holes. As the astrophysicist Caleb Scharf reveals in Gravity’s Engines, these chasms in space-time don’t just vacuum up everything that comes near them; they also spit out huge beams and clouds of matter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best science books for non-scientist

  • By Gary on 08-20-12

As good as it gets

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Reviewed: 04-30-16

Just awesome - the author is clearly in compete awe, loves the stuff. Space time and blackholes
Lots of great knowledge - like if you fall 3' into a neutron star you hit it going 1200/mph. Great info on blackholes and more. Lots of good science and story's of the discoveries. Its not to be passed up no matter how much you know, you will learn a lot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Our Mathematical Universe

  • My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality
  • By: Max Tegmark
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,491

Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present and future, and through the physics, astronomy, and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the ultimate multiverse. In a dazzling combination of both popular and groundbreaking science, he not only helps us grasp his often mind-boggling theories, but he also shares with us some of the often surprising triumphs and disappointments that have shaped his life as a scientist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Michael on 02-02-14

It was boring then it changed my entire life

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Reviewed: 03-30-16

"The schrodinger equation reigns supreme!!!

So this guy Max takes you on his life's journey of Particle Physics and his discoveries. It's a fantastic book about his luckiest universe. I'm very happy such luck fell on a humble guy. He clearly expresses his gratitude but he confuses himself quite a lot thinking about it.

I suggest you know a good amount about our universe before you jump into this one. If you don't know much the first few chapters actually do bring you up to speed. If you know the stuff he still attempts to keep your attention.

It all change when I got to chapter 8. It was not what I expected, ever. Ii starts with a story about Hue Everrett, and it put me in tears. I was crying and Max was incredibly sad too, you could easily tell (damn good performance btw).
I am not some sad geek, I'm USMC, I destroy life for fun. Anyway I got so emotionally attached I stayed devastated for the rest the day, and likely the rest of my life carrying this guys name. He really thought the world of this guy. DAMN you Max I was not expecting that in a science book. Anyway the rest of chapter 8 and rest of others are all full of incredible science and examples. Even if they sucked I couldn't tell after chapter 8.

  • Edge of the Universe

  • A Voyage to the Cosmic Horizon and Beyond
  • By: Paul Halpern
  • Narrated by: Matthew Dudley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

An accessible look at the mysteries that lurk at the edge of the known universe and beyond. The observable universe, the part we can see with telescopes, is incredibly vast. Yet recent theories suggest that there is far more to the universe than what our instruments record - in fact, it could be infinite. Colossal flows of galaxies, large empty regions called voids, and other unexplained phenomena offer clues that our own "bubble universe" could be part of a greater realm called the multiverse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great summary of modern cosmology

  • By Brett on 07-12-13

Very Detailed

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Reviewed: 03-13-16

He covers a lot of history that you won't find in other books. This is one of the best along with 'mathematical universe' by Max Tegmark.

  • Spooky Action at a Distance

  • The Phenomenon That Reimagines Space and Time-and What It Means for Black Holes, the Big Bang, and Theories of Everything
  • By: George Musser
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 526
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
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    4 out of 5 stars 468

What is space? It isn't a question that most of us normally stop to ask. Space is the venue of physics; it's where things exist, where they move and take shape. Yet over the past few decades, physicists have discovered a phenomenon that operates outside the confines of space and time. The phenomenon - the ability of one particle to affect another instantly across the vastness of space - appears to be almost magical.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Rambling but Asks Good Questions

  • By Michael on 12-19-15

Just fantastic

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-31-15

Keeps you hooked, and I have ADHD. It's has slow parts of more known history than science if you already listen to similar books. But he keeps it interesting with broad topics. I thought it was a great book that was a surprise after many less interesting. Will listen too over and over I'm sure.

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  • The 4 Percent Universe

  • Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality
  • By: Richard Panek
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,267
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,257

Over the past few decades, a handful of scientists have been racing to explain a disturbing aspect of our universe: only four percent of it consists of the matter that makes up you, me, our books, and every star and planet. The rest is completely unknown. Richard Panek tells the dramatic story of the quest to find this “dark” matter and an even more bizarre substance called “dark energy”. This is perhaps the greatest mystery in all of science, and solving it will bring fame, funding, and certainly a Nobel Prize.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just Right - Not too technical not boring

  • By Michael on 11-13-11

Simply as good as it should be

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-15

This was my first book on cosmology, I'm about 9 months in and I'm now a expert on the related subjects, quantum mechanics, particle physics and cosmology (Without the Math). I've listened to book after book and some up to 6 times, including this one, 4 times. I was new to audible, and depending on available credits and type of traffic, you may not listen to it 4 times.

This is the highest quality audio I have ever heard in a book, complemented by an outstanding narrator. He really is great. (Really should download at high-quality, it does matter)

I'm so happy to have started my journey into this subject with this book. It gave me a foundation that was absolutely flawless. It's not as scientific, as much as it is history. It does have just enough spaced out but it's not about the science, it's about the 2 teams, making history. It must have been very boring in real life, (a competition to look at changes to dots ) but it reads like an epic adventure, it really does and deserves to be. Most importantly it introduces you to many, so many more real people that you will hear of again, and these people should certainly be known.
If your into cosmology, particle physics, I don't see how you can get by without knowing this history.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful