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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.
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By: Jim AlKhalili

Dance of the Photons
 From Einstein to Quantum Teleportation
 By: Anton Zeilinger
 Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
 Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
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Einstein's steadfast refusal to accept certain aspects of quantum theory was rooted in his insistence that physics has to be about reality. Accordingly, he once derided as spooky action at a distance the notion that two elementary particles far removed from each other could nonetheless influence each others propertiesa hypothetical phenomenon his fellow theorist Erwin Schrdinger termed quantum entanglement.


Brilliant author tries hard, but comes up short...
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Knocking on Heaven's Door
 How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World
 By: Lisa Randall
 Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
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The latest developments in physics have the potential to radically revise our understanding of the world: its makeup, its evolution, and the fundamental forces that drive its operation. Knocking on Heaven's Door is an exhilarating and accessible overview of these developments and an impassioned argument for the significance of science. There could be no better guide than Lisa Randall.


Too Political
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By: Lisa Randall

Beyond Biocentrism
 Rethinking Time, Space, Consciousness, and the Illusion of Death
 By: Robert Lanza, Bob Berman
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In Beyond Biocentrism, acclaimed biologist Robert Lanza and astronomer Bob Berman take the listener on an intellectual thrill ride as they reexamine everything we thought we knew about life, death, the universe, and the nature of reality itself. The first step is acknowledging that our existing model of reality is looking increasingly creaky in the face of recent scientific discoveries.


Here's the thing
 By Mikal on 110918
By: Robert Lanza, and others

A Beginner’s Guide to Reality
 Exploring Our Everyday Adventures in Wonderland
 By: Jim Baggott
 Narrated by: Victor Bevine
 Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
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A unique fusion of philosophy and metaphysics set against the backdrop of contemporary culture. Have you ever wondered if the world is really there when you're not looking? We tend to take the reality of our world very much for granted. This book will lead you down the rabbit hole in search of something we can point to, hang our hats on, and say this is real.


A real great listen on the nature of reality
 By Patrick Mabry, Jr. on 073014
By: Jim Baggott

The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved
 How Mathematical Genius Discovered the Language of Symmetry
 By: Mario Livio
 Narrated by: Tom Parks
 Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
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For thousands of years mathematicians solved progressively more difficult algebraic equations, until they encountered the quintic equation, which resisted solution for three centuries. Working independently, two prodigies ultimately proved that the quintic cannot be solved by a simple formula. The first popular account of the mathematics of symmetry and order, The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved is told not through abstract formulas but in a beautifully written and dramatic account of the lives and work of some of the greatest and most intriguing mathematicians in history.


Historical Perspective Appreciated
 By Michael Hanrahan on 012220
By: Mario Livio
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