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The Physics of Life

The Evolution of Everything
Narrated by: Christopher Price
Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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The Physics of Life explores the roots of the big question by examining the deepest urges and properties of living things, both animate and inanimate: how to live longer, with food, warmth, power, movement, and free access to other people and surroundings. Bejan explores controversial and relevant issues such as sustainability, water and food supply, fuel, and economy, to critique the state in which the world understands positions of power and freedom. Breaking down concepts such as desire and power, sports, health and culture, the state of economy, water and energy, politics and distribution, Bejan uses the language of physics to explain how each system works in order to clarify the meaning of evolution in its broadest scientific sense, moving the listener towards a better understanding of the world's systems and the natural evolution of cultural and political development. The Physics of Life argues that the evolution phenomenon is much broader and older than the evolutionary designs that constitute the biosphere, empowering listeners with a new view of the globe and the future, revealing that the urge to have better ideas has the same physical effect as the urge to have better laws and better government. This is evolution explained loudly but also elegantly, forging a path that flows sustainability. 

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©2016 Adrian Bejan (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Interesting Ideas, but...

Interesting ideas on how physics and the study of flows can explain much of the world and our tendency to hierarchies. That said, the narration was awful where every sentence was punctuated with the same limited inflection range and irritating emphasis. Further, there are tons of references to visuals and tables that are no where available by PDF via Audible. I contacted Audible and they said they would look into the matter but I have yet to hear back.

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Nice synthesis

I listened to the audiobook version while walking on the top of a hill overlooking the pacific, and the lively scenery made me agree with the idea that the beauty of winds, water, life, technology, and society is their ceaseless motion. Excellent book of life and its physics. It offers a new synthesis with plenty of examples everyone can understand.