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  • 13.8: The Quest to Find the True Age of the Universe and the Theory of Everything

  • By: John Gribbin
  • Narrated by: Sam Devereaux
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

The 20th century gave us two great theories of physics. The general theory of relativity describes the behavior of very large things, and quantum theory the behavior of very small things. In this landmark audiobook, John Gribbin - one of the best-known science writers of the past 30 years - presents his own version of the Holy Grail of physics, the search that has been going on for decades to find a unified "Theory of Everything" that combines these ideas into one mathematical package.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple, entertaining and easily understood

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-23-18

Decent read

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Reviewed: 06-20-18

I found this to be a good book, but not a great one. Much of the early chapters are bogged down with an excess of names and dates that get lost in the verbosity. The later sections have a bit better pace, but the final discoveries are too brief in their discussion. It almost felt that the author had a limited number of pages and spent so much in the early stages of astrophysics that by the end of the story, he had to wrap it up without detail or adequate time spent.
By the end, I did enjoy the book though. It has made me think. Ponder theories and yearn for more.
To be conclusive, the performance was sufficient. Like the book, good but not great.

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