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 The Story of Phi, the World's Most Astonishing Number
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Throughout history, thinkers from mathematicians to theologians have pondered the mysterious relationship between numbers and the nature of reality. In this fascinating book, Mario Livio tells the tale of a number at the heart of that mystery: phi, or 1.6180339887....
This curious mathematical relationship, widely known as "The Golden Ratio", was discovered by Euclid more than 2,000 years ago because of its crucial role in the construction of the pentagram, to which magical properties had been attributed. Since then it has shown a propensity to appear in the most astonishing variety of places, from mollusk shells, sunflower florets, and rose petals to the shape of the galaxy. Psychological studies have investigated whether the Golden Ratio is the most aesthetically pleasing proportion extant, and it has been asserted that the creators of the Pyramids and the Parthenon employed it. It is believed to feature in works of art from Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa to Salvador Dali's The Sacrament of the Last Supper, and poets and composers have used it in their works. It has even been found to be connected to the behavior of the stock market!
The Golden Ratio is a captivating journey through art and architecture, botany and biology, physics and mathematics. It tells the human story of numerous phifixated individuals, including the followers of Pythagoras who believed that this proportion revealed the hand of God; astronomer Johannes Kepler, who saw phi as the greatest treasure of geometry; such Renaissance thinkers as mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci of Pisa; and such masters of the modern world as Goethe, Cezanne, Bartok, and physicist Roger Penrose. Wherever his quest for the meaning of phi takes him, Mario Livio reveals the world as a place where order, beauty, and eternal mystery will always coexist.
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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
 By: Thomas S. Kuhn
 Narrated by: Dennis Holland
 Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
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A good book may have the power to change the way we see the world, but a great book actually becomes part of our daily consciousness, pervading our thinking to the point that we take it for granted, and we forget how provocative and challenging its ideas once were  and still are. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is that kind of book.


The problem is not with the book
 By Marcus on 080909
By: Thomas S. Kuhn

The House of Wisdom
 How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance
 By: Jim AlKhalili
 Narrated by: Simon Vance
 Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
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The Arabic legacy of science and philosophy has long been hidden from the West. BritishIraqi physicist Jim AlKhalili unveils that legacy to fascinating effect by returning to its roots in the hubs of Arab innovation that would advance science and jumpstart the European Renaissance.


Very interesting book, wellnarrated for sure
 By Roderic Rinehart on 110720
By: Jim AlKhalili

The Upright Thinkers
 The Human Journey From Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos
 By: Leonard Mlodinow
 Narrated by: Leonard Mlodinow
 Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
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In this fascinating and illuminating work, Leonard Mlodinow guides us through the critical eras and events in the development of science, all of which, he demonstrates, were propelled forward by humankind's collective struggle to know. From the birth of reasoning and culture to the formation of the studies of physics, chemistry, biology, and modernday quantum physics, we come to see that much of our progress can be attributed to simple questions  why? how?  bravely asked.


10/10 Got What I Wanted.
 By Austin on 092215
By: Leonard Mlodinow

The Logical Leap
 Induction in Physics
 By: David Harriman
 Narrated by: Erik Singer
 Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
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Beginning with a detailed discussion of the role of mathematics and experimentation in validating generalizations in physicslooking closely at the reasoning of scientists such as Galileo, Kepler, Newton, Lavoisier, and MaxwellHarriman skillfully argues that the inductive method used in philosophy is in principle indistinguishable from the method used in physics.


Quite refreshing
 By Eric on 101210
By: David Harriman

Einstein and the Quantum
 The Quest of the Valiant Swabian
 By: A. Douglas Stone
 Narrated by: Gabriel Vaughan
 Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
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Einstein and the Quantum reveals for the first time the full significance of Albert Einstein's contributions to quantum theory. Einstein famously rejected quantum mechanics, observing that God does not play dice. But, in fact, he thought more about the nature of atoms, molecules, and the emission and absorption of light  the core of what we now know as quantum theory  than he did about relativity.


educational and fun
 By Amjad on 120413
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Leonardo's Brain
 Understanding da Vinci's Creative Genius
 By: Leonard Shlain
 Narrated by: Grover Gardner
 Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
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Bestselling author Leonard Shlain explores the life, art, and mind of Leonardo da Vinci, seeking to explain his singularity by looking at his achievements in art, science, psychology, and military strategy (yes), and then employing state of the art leftright brain scientific research to explain his universal genius. Shlain shows that no other person in human history has excelled in so many different areas as Da Vinci and he peels back the layers to explore the how and the why.


As distracted as Da Vinci
 By D. McCracken on 051215
By: Leonard Shlain

The Scientist in the Early Roman Empire
 By: Richard Carrier
 Narrated by: Richard Carrier
 Length: 18 hrs and 29 mins
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In this extensive sequel to Science Education in the Early Roman Empire, Dr. Richard Carrier explores the social history of scientists in the Roman era. Was science in decline or experiencing a revival under the Romans? What was an ancient scientist thought to be and do? Who were they, and who funded their research? And how did pagans differ from their Christian peers in their views toward science and scientists?


This Book is a Bombshell
 By James on 061518
By: Richard Carrier
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