
The Joy of x
 A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity
 Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
 Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
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Publisher's summary
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.
Whether he is illuminating how often you should flip your mattress to get the maximum lifespan from it, explaining just how Google searches the internet, or determining how many people you should date before settling down, Strogatz shows how math connects to every aspect of life. Discussing pop culture, medicine, law, philosophy, art, and business, Strogatz is the math teacher you wish you'd had. Whether you aced integral calculus or aren't sure what an integer is, you'll find profound wisdom and persistent delight in The Joy of x.
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Does time exist? What is infinity? Why do mirrors reverse left and right but not up and down? In this scintillating collection, Holt explores the human mind, the cosmos, and the thinkers who’ve tried to encompass the latter with the former. With his trademark clarity and humor, Holt probes the mysteries of quantum mechanics, the quest for the foundations of mathematics, and the nature of logic and truth. Along the way, he offers intimate biographical sketches of celebrated and neglected thinkers, from the physicist Emmy Noether to the computing pioneer Alan Turing and the discoverer of fractals, Benoit Mandelbrot.


A good overview of scientific theory
 By MJ Walters on 091118
By: Jim Holt

The Pleasure of Finding Things Out
 The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman
 By: Richard P. Feynman
 Narrated by: Sean Runnette
 Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
 Unabridged

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The Pleasure of Finding Things Out is a magnificent treasury of the best short works of Richard P. Feynman, from interviews and speeches to lectures and printed articles. A sweeping, wideranging collection, it presents an intimate and fascinating view of a life in science  a life like no other. From his ruminations on science in our culture to his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, this book will delight anyone interested in the world of ideas.


Interesting, but material is covered in better book.
 By Erlend on 040616

Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking
 By: Daniel C. Dennett
 Narrated by: Jeff Crawford
 Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
 Unabridged

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Over a storied career, Daniel C. Dennett has engaged questions about science and the workings of the mind. His answers have combined rigorous argument with strong empirical grounding. And a lot of fun. Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking offers seventyseven of Dennett’s most successful “imaginationextenders and focusholders” meant to guide you through some of life’s most treacherous subject matter: evolution, meaning, mind, and free will.


Loved it, but some philosophy background needed.
 By LongerILiveLessIKnow on 111413

Six NotSoEasy Pieces
 Einstein's Relativity, Symmetry, and SpaceTime
 By: Richard P. Feynman
 Narrated by: Richard P. Feynman
 Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
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No 20thcentury American scientist is better known to a wider spectrum of people than Richard P. Feynman (19181988), physicist, teacher, author, and cultural icon. His autobiographies and biographies have been read and enjoyed by millions of readers around the world, while his wit and eccentricities have made him the subject of TV specials and even a theatrical film.


Very Interesting, but ...
 By Doug on 010106

The Universe in the Rearview Mirror
 How Hidden Symmetries Shape Reality
 By: Dave Goldberg
 Narrated by: Chris Sorensen
 Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
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A physicist speeds across space, time, and everything in between showing that our elegant universe from the Higgs boson to antimatter to the most massive group of galaxies is shaped by hidden symmetries that have driven all our recent discoveries about the universe and all the ones to come. Why is the sky dark at night? Is it possible to build a shrinkray gun? If there is antimatter, can there be antipeople? Why are past, present, and future our only options? Are time and space like a butterfly's wings? No one but Dave Goldberg, the coolest nerd physicist on the planet, could give a hyperdrive tour of the universe like this one.


Good, but for whom?
 By Michael on 083113
By: Dave Goldberg
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 By: Steven Strogatz
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Not written to be read aloud
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