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 How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe
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 Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
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Without calculus, we wouldn't have cell phones, TV, GPS, or ultrasound. We wouldn't have unraveled DNA or discovered Neptune or figured out how to put 5,000 songs in your pocket.
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Not written to be read aloud
Don’t get me wrong—this is a great book and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I highly recommend it. But in many parts, the performer has to read aloud some complicated equations that are tough to follow if you are, say, listening while driving. As a statistician, I was familiar with 80% of the concepts discussed and have heard of the rest, and I struggled at times.
I recommend buying the book to read, so one can slow down when needed, or listen to it with a pencil and paper handy.
That said, this book gave me many new insights and explanations that will inform my teaching going forward.
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 052920
GREAT BOOK! would be nice to have a PDF
If you enjoy math and Steven Strogatz... you're probably a nerd like me and have already read this or similar books many times, and you know its good. 😁
If you are just interested in math and want to hear it explained in an entertaining and informative, this is a great book to read.
it would benefit from a PDF for some illustrations, but even without that it is easy to follow.
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 090519
Elegant, clear, cutting edge.
If you're curious, but mathematically hopeless, this is splendid. I found the opening overview particularly illuminating, but throughout it joins history, to biography, to physics, to math in a clear but not condescending manner.
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 M. McCreary
 021020
Read the book
This is a great discussion of the development and use of calculus, but if you're not comfortable with the topic, the audiobook isn't the best way to read it. The narrator does a great job, but with so many equations in the text, it's just easier to read the hard copy.
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 122919
Beautiful
As a young newly inspired fellow, I’ve been surprisingly driven to read and listen to such books as Strogatz’s here. It gorgeously weaves often difficult to imagine notions of mathematics into a web of relevance.
I am registered to take calculus in the next semester, and could not have imagined a better primer. I’m hooked. I am craving to learn more, and this book has teased the desire for advancement to an incredible degree. I’ve listed this book as one I must return to after actually learning to DO the calculus he dances around. But until then, I have only dreamy things to say about the book.
Narration is wonderful. As with any scientific / mathematic audio, there are tedious portions where it becomes difficult to follow given the nature of embedding equations and proofs into paragraphs. But this is, to me, apparent and obvious. I like to consider the portions of technical speak as a challenge to myself whether I can follow. I’ll repeat it several times until I understand or decide I’m not quite studied enough to understand more deeply than I do.
Mathematics is a language of translating “reality” into symbols and back again, judging their synergy along the way. To expect a book on mathematics NOT to contain technical paragraphs, is a mistake. I loved them.
If you are reading reviews looking for fuel to motivate your own decision, do it.
Especially if you are willing to be curious.
If you would like to learn.
And if you want to explore the universe, mathematics is nestled amongst the best available tools to do so.
Dive in. Enjoy.
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 090519
Great for those learning calculus
I'm in differential equations right now this is a good overview of the theories of calculus and covers aspects missed in lectures
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 Granack
 091719
Disappointing
William Gilbert, not Galileo Galilei, wrote the first book to use scientific method. It's called De Magnete, published in 1600, Kind of a famous treatise. (There's an original copy at the SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention in their permanent Dawn of the Electrical Age Exhibit, Bellingham, WA.)
Minor inaccuracies like this made the book irritating and ultimately unreadable. Perhaps this book is intended for beginners uninterested in specifics (Galileo is a more easily recognizable & memorable nameand perhaps the author thought it too confusing for readers to get the whole Galileo, Kepler & Gilbert thing right.) You'd think a book on mathmatics would be more accurate and less interested in shaving corners to make a point.
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 051520
Could really use an accompanying PDF
It sometimes talks about a graph or something visual and requires you to imagine it when it sounds like in the book you’d have the visuals. It would be so much better if the visuals were in an available pdf.
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 013020
Great overbiew
I'm not a math person by trade although I do enjoy mathematics. This book is a great way to get a wide breadth idea of the history of calculus. I suggest this book to anyone who kind of wants to know about the math without getting too into the Weeds about how to do it. Beautifully written and excellently narrated.
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 052220
beware the reader
listening now and will finish because I'm a completionist but... this reader hurts my head, he feels like someone scratching a chalkboard. I'm actually not going to finish this, it's that painful. maybe a personal issue but damn.
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 Erich Graf
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Incomplete audiobook
This is a frustrating audiobook… The original has been very lazily made into an audiobook, without providing the figures and tables that it relies on. The narrator says things ‘like look at the numbers in the left column’! Other audiobooks provide information from figures/tables in a PDF.
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 090921
Now I need to learn the calculus properly!
Very inspiring book! Can give you some idea about the variety of practical uses of calculus. Sounds like the one of most powerful mental models out there!
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 112022
Difficult to follow as an Audible book
Struggled to envisualise all the triangles, slices through parabolas, etc in the early chapters. Bought the book and found the subject matter easier to follow with a few diagrams so that I could absorb it at my own pace! Not sure why I bought the Audible version.
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 012222
Detailed and Fascinating
One of the best popular science books I have read, does not assume the reader is uneducated and explained many results. Incredible!
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 121421
Brilliant!
This has really made me feel more confident with maths. I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to.
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 102721
Beautiful and profound.
Strogatz' delicate and thoughtful storytelling brings the reader on an amazing journey. Please read this book!
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 Dirk Bertels
 061220
inspiring
Excellent book, well narrated. Lots of anecdotes I haven't heard before, even with my keen interest in maths.
Just would have been great if a PDF was provided with a brief overview of the actual math sections involving math notation.
Steven Strogatz is an inspiring writer, I do recommend his other books as well.
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 071223
Interesting story
I found the story very interesting but my enjoyment was tempered by the robot that read it.
I would not listen to another audio book by this narrator.
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Managed to turn a heavy subject to a clear one
The author did a great job in explaining this hard subject. It was clear even as an audio book, without seeing the written equations.
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 031320
Excellent
good storyline for the why of calculus
plus the historical perspective
easy to stop and start without losing the plot
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Great audiobook
Recommended for anyone with a basic to advanced knowledge of calculus. Well narrated with a descriptive story.
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 Systems 157, Inc.
 092019
And why school maths has it all wrong...
It is truly an intellectual crime the way maths is taught in schools, and this, yet another great mathematics based story, so continually gripping in revealing how amazing our understanding of the universe and its workings is through the intellectual lens of maths, plus the fascinating odyssey humans and the star historical players have taken us on throughout history demonstrates how alive, engaging, enthralling and important mathematics truly is to humans, that our global education system fails to empart and provide the passion, knowledge and appreciation this subject deserves, makes it a crime of infinitely incalculable proportions!
Well done yet again Professor Strogatz, I am in complete awe at your work yet again, well done...
RE: "A Mathematicians Lament"  has it so correct!!
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In Mycophilia, accomplished food writer and cookbook author Eugenia Bone examines the role of fungi as exotic delicacy, curative, poison, and hallucinogen, and ultimately discovers that a greater understanding of fungi is key to facing many challenges of the 21st century.


Absolutely awful, insufferable, racist author
 By Rs 🦇 on 112519
By: Eugenia Bone

Einstein's Shadow
 The Inside Story of Astronomers' DecadesLong Quest to Take the First Picture of a Black Hole
 By: Seth Fletcher
 Narrated by: Sean Pratt
 Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
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Einstein’s Shadow follows a team of elite scientists on a historic mission to take the first picture of a black hole, putting Einstein’s theory of relativity to its ultimate test and helping to answer our deepest questions about space, time, the origins of the universe, and the nature of reality.


Science revealed beautifully
 By Gary on 103018
By: Seth Fletcher

The Intelligence Trap
 Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes
 By: David Robson
 Narrated by: Simon Slater
 Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
 Unabridged

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Smart people are not only just as prone to making mistakes as everyone else  they may be even more susceptible to them. This is the "intelligence trap", the subject of David Robson's fascinating and provocative book. The Intelligence Trap explores cuttingedge ideas in our understanding of intelligence and expertise, including "strategic ignorance", "metaforgetfulness", and "functional stupidity."


Great except for one big thing
 By J. S. Noel on 120522
By: David Robson

The Joy of x
 A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity
 By: Steven Strogatz
 Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
 Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
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Many people take math in high school and promptly forget much of it. But math plays a part in all of our lives all of the time, whether we know it or not. In The Joy of x, Steven Strogatz expands on his hit New York Times series to explain the big ideas of math gently and clearly, with wit, and insight.


Great listen
 By cameron on 081619
By: Steven Strogatz

A Most Elegant Equation
 Euler’s Formula and the Beauty of Mathematics
 By: David Stipp
 Narrated by: Sean Pratt
 Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
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Bertrand Russell wrote that mathematics can exalt "as surely as poetry". This is especially true of one equation: ei(pi) + 1 = 0, the brainchild of Leonhard Euler, the Mozart of mathematics. More than two centuries after Euler's death, it is still regarded as a conceptual diamond of unsurpassed beauty. Called Euler's identity, or God's equation, it includes just five numbers but represents an astonishing revelation of hidden connections.


Good treatment of the subject
 By Kindle Customer on 040918
By: David Stipp

The Book of Why
 The New Science of Cause and Effect
 By: Judea Pearl, Dana Mackenzie
 Narrated by: Mel Foster
 Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
 Unabridged

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