Listeners learn the difference between how the world works at the quantum level, the cosmic level, and the human level - and then how each connects to the other....
Lawrence Krauss tells the dramatic story of the discovery of the hidden world of reality....
Anil Ananthaswamy's extensive, in-depth interviews venture into the lives of individuals who offer perspectives that will change how you think about who you are....
Enrico Fermi is unquestionably among the greats of the world's physicists, the most famous Italian scientist since Galileo....
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....
Energy is, without a doubt, the very foundation of the universe. It's the engine that powers life and fuels the evolution of human civilization....
Brian Greene and an ensemble cast perform this lively story tracing Albert Einstein's electrifying journey toward the discovery of the general theory of relativity....
This landmark book is for those of us who prefer words to equations; this is the story of the ultimate quest for knowledge, the ongoing search for the secrets at the heart of time and space....
Robert Tombs' momentous The English and Their History is both a startlingly fresh and a uniquely inclusive account of the people who have a claim to be the oldest nation in the world....
Werner Heisenberg's "uncertainty principle" challenged centuries of scientific understanding and placed him in direct opposition to Albert Einstein....
Oxford professor and author Viktor Mayer-Schönberger joins Economist data editor and commentator Kenneth Cukier to deliver insight into the hottest trend in technology....
A groundbreaking examination of the greatest event in history, the Scientific Revolution, and how it came to change the way we understand ourselves and our world....
What are time and space made of? Where does matter come from? And what exactly is reality? Theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli has spent his whole life exploring these questions....
It was on the Silk Roads that East and West first encountered each other through trade and conquest, leading to the spread of ideas, cultures, and religions....
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....
Scientists have just announced an historic discovery on a par with the splitting of the atom: The Higgs boson, the key to understanding why mass exists has been found....
Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity....
An eye-opening explanation of how human beings learn and use language....
In this deeply original book, science writer Anil Ananthaswamy sets out in search of the telescopes and detectors that promise to answer the biggest questions in modern cosmology. Why is the universe expanding at an ever faster rate? What is the nature of the "dark matter" that makes up almost a quarter of the universe? Why does the universe appear fine-tuned for life? Are there others besides our own?
Ananthaswamy soon finds himself at the ends of the earth in remote and sometimes dangerous places. Take the Atacama Desert in the Chilean Andes, one of the coldest, driest places on the planet, where not even a blade of grass can survive. Its spectacularly clear skies and dry atmosphere allow astronomers to gather brilliant images of galaxies billions of light-years away. Ananthaswamy takes us inside the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope on Mount Paranal, where four massive domes open to the sky each night "like dragons waking up." He also takes us deep inside an abandoned iron mine in Minnesota, where half-mile-thick rock shields physicists as they hunt for elusive dark matter particles. And to the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, where engineers are drilling 1.5 miles into the clearest ice on the planet. They're building the world's largest neutrino detector, which could finally help reconcile quantum physics with Einstein's theory of general relativity.The stories of the people who work at these and other dramatic research sites, from Lake Baikal in Siberia to the Indian Astronomical Observatory in the Himalayas to the subterranean lair of the Large Hadron Collider make for a compelling new portrait of the universe and our quest to understand it.
An atmospheric, engaging, and illuminating read, The Edge of Physics depicts science as a human process, bringing cosmology back down to earth in the most vivid terms.
This book is an adventure brochure of the most extreme places on Earth where scientists need to go to experiment and observe, in pursuit of the boundaries of scientific knowledge. If you're going to find the Higg's Boson or prove String Theory, that's just the way it is. So the author goes around the world, and to the poles, describing the incredible feats of engineering and harsh environments where this science is done. The author has a way with words, and his descriptions are poetic. The hard science in the book is kept to layman's terms, no equations, no complex scientific analogies. On the whole, it is a good book, I listened to the entire thing and enjoyed it. 4/5 stars only because it is more about the extreme locations where physics is being done, rather than the extreme concepts in physics itself. Great narrator.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
Having read a number of these kind of books, I can say that they span a wide range of readability and technicality. This book is very readable, accessible. And, it's just technical enough to be interesting while explaining some pretty technical subjects such as the search for WIMPs.
The stories are great and hopefully will enhance the readers respect for scientific research.
A+ A lot of fun, very interesting and educational. That's a great read in my book.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
this book is less about physics and more about the machienes we have built to test all these grand quantum theories. all the theories in the world are ultimetly useless if they cannot be tested. but how do you mesure something that intreacts so weakly that it can travel through our planet and not touch anything? and if you make a detector sensitive enough to detect something so weak and small, how do you filter out all the big stuff that can throw off your readings? and how do you figure out where the stuff you discover came from? that is what this book is about. the detectors and experiments that we have built, and what they are trying to discover with all this unbelievably complex (and expensive) hardware. i pull one star for the good, but dry narration; and for wishing that there had been a little more detail here. if you think the LHC is fascinating, then this book is for you. if you don't know what the LHC is, i would reccomend this book as a good intro to the world of extreme particle physics.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
This was interesting and I continued reading it even though I realized after a while that this was more of a lesson in history and geography then anything on the 'edge of physics'. I'll read the description a little more closely next time. For what it is, this is a good book. The narrator does a great job and it was an enjoyable book. I wouldn't recommend it though unless you get really jazzed by the history of science.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
Anil excels in letting you feel the lives of the people and places of discovery.
The ending was disappointing. It's style and emphasis were obviously not Anil's. The editor's heavy handedness glared over Anil's in an attempt to interject the manipulated contrivance and preachiness of the 'Global Warming' cult.
Luckily, Anil's own unique, warm personal wonder and respect for the honest sweat and sacrifice of true discovery touches a reader's heart and mind.
Enjoy this book. =)
13 of 18 people found this review helpful
Worse Audible purchase ever and I purchase a lot. What is the point of this book? There is very little science. Mainly it's just descriptions of remote locations and observations of the way scientist dress, eat, drink, smoke, sleep. So Russia and the Antartica is cold. Waste of time
A well told story of the extremes we are going to in the pursuit of knowledge. A relentless and unending journey to explore the origins of the universe.
What did you love best about The Edge of Physics?
Liked being 'along for the ride' in foreign locations to hear what's going on out there.
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
What would have made The Edge of Physics better?
More physics. Less of the author traveling around hobnobbing, visiting, pestering, scientists.
What was most disappointing about Anil Ananthaswamy’s story?
What this book has to say about physics would take 3 hours. I did not need to know what the author had to drink, or that the local sheep have a different flavor. (cooked)<br/><br/>This EDGE of physics was so 3 years ago. This made the book confusing. I keep going and trying to figure out when this happened. Longer ago then when the book was published.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
All this being said, Anil Ananthaswamy can write. He can write dialogue, very well in fact. His ability to write a believable dialogue is better than most novelists.
Any additional comments?
This book isn't bad it is just is not what it says it is. It is a little history, some personality study and a refutation of Einstein' s assertion that there is no special place to do physics. Apparently it is done best in the most G-d forsaken places. Oh, and ones that you can't get there from here.
Would you try another book from Anil Ananthaswamy and/or L. J. Ganser?
Yes, it stretches me! I've really enjoyed what I've been able to understand. LOVED it when the announcement about the Higgs Boson was made regarding dark matter, and at least I had an inkling what they were talking about!!
Would you recommend The Edge of Physics to your friends? Why or why not?
Yes, I have already. I have shared it with my 11 year old son, just to stretch his thinking as well. It's ok to listen and not understand every word and concept!
Would you listen to another book narrated by L. J. Ganser?
Yes, I like the narrator!
Do you think The Edge of Physics needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Who knows! Don't ask me, like I said, I'm struggling with what I'm learning now (and I'm pretty smart!),