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The first insider account of the work at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the discovery of the Higgs particle  and what it all means for our understanding of the laws of nature. The discovery of the Higgs boson made headlines around the world. Two scientists, Peter Higgs and François Englert, whose theories predicted its existence, shared a Nobel Prize. The discovery was the culmination of the largest experiment ever run, the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider.


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The Universe
 Leading Scientists Explore the Origin, Mysteries, and Future of the Cosmos
 By: John Brockman
 Narrated by: Antony Ferguson, Danny Campbell, Jo Anna Perrin
 Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
 Unabridged

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In The Universe, today's most influential science writers explain the science behind our evolving understanding of The Universe and everything in it, including the cuttingedge research and discoveries that are shaping our knowledge. Lee Smolin reveals how math and cosmology are helping us create a theory of the whole universe. Neil Turok analyzes the fundamental laws of nature, what came before the big bang, and the possibility of a unified theory. And much more.


Equivalant to reading 25 books
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Publisher's Summary
Think of a number between one and 10. No, hang on, let's make this interesting. Between zero and infinity. Even if you stick to the whole numbers, there are a lot to choose from  an infinite number in fact. Throw in decimal fractions, and infinity suddenly gets an awful lot bigger (is that even possible?). And then there are the negative numbers, the imaginary numbers, the irrational numbers like pi which never end. It literally never ends.
The world of numbers is indeed strange and beautiful. Among its inhabitants are some really notable characters  pi, e, the 'imaginary' number i and the famous golden ratio to name just a few. Prime numbers occupy a special status. Zero is very odd indeed: is it a number, or isn't it?
How Numbers Work takes a tour of this mindblowing but beautiful realm of numbers and the mathematical rules that connect them. Not only that but take a crash course on the biggest unsolved problems that keep mathematicians up at night, find out about the strange and unexpected ways mathematics influences our everyday lives and discover the incredible connection between numbers and reality itself.
About the series
New Scientist Instant Expert books are definitive and accessible entry points to the most important subjects in science; subjects that challenge, attract debate, invite controversy and engage the most enquiring minds.
Designed for curious listeners who want to know how things work and why, the Instant Expert series explores the topics that really matter and their impact on individuals, society, and the planet, translating the scientific complexities around us into language that's open to everyone and putting new ideas and discoveries into perspective and context.
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 Philo
 040318
Great for us fuzzywordy people
Here are heaps of context, story, and color, nicely paced around good sharp explanations of the maths. This is the hopedfor sunny path for my style of learner to climb to greater heights. A foolish detour in youth turned me from a very good (not great) math student to a more standard American teen of the time. (This means, given to all sorts of fluff and idiocy, pleasant and even joyous at turns, but semiregrettable now.) I have tried fits and starts back toward math with various baits, toys and media, but here at last, I am back on the path, and happily so. The pace is just right: sprightly and intelligent with enough breathing spaces to absorb the quantitative parts. This all finds a neat fit with the way my (law schooladdled, but thankfully also richly visual and spatial) mind stores and retrieves information.
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 Sooch San Souci
 071219
How Numbers Work
Very well recorded and wonderfully read by Mark Elstob, in my opinion. I would have preferred the book to be twice as long. So, perhaps they will provide us with Volume 2 in the near future.
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 T. KirbyGreen
 122818
A great overview
A wonderful dive into a sea of numbers, full of surprises and things to ponder. It’s a title I’ve enjoyed listening too any number of times and has led me to listen to other Audible mathematics titles.
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 andrew
 102418
Not for listening to
Although the content is good, you’d be much better off reading this book due to visualisation of formula and constant reference to the accompanying pdf
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 Richard McFerran
 120919
Great book
This is an interesting book giving a great overview of numbers.
As the book progresses the complexity progresses and it required my full attention to maintain my understanding.

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 Edgard
 062219
Great introduction to numbers
This is the perfect book for beginners. It gives both historical and holistic perspectives to help penetrate the abstraction wall of mathematics.

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 michael burthom
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fantastic book
This book is a very pleasant listen with fantastic content.
Super concepts and narration.
Thank you.

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 Ian Lunney
 090918
An intelligent and accessible tour of the subject.
After hearing this mostly wonderful audiobook, I am bored of shrodingers cat, the overpraise of infinity, and multiverses, which seem to plague popular discussion of maths and quantum physics, but I am very grateful for the rest, which more than makes up for these clichés.
It offers genuinely brilliant insight into the nature of mathematics, and helped set the subject straight in my mind for further selfeducation. Offers a smart and convincing mix of history, philosophy, and practical description of this giant subject.