• The World According to Physics

  • By: Jim Al-Khalili
  • Narrated by: Jim Al-Khalili
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (84 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Quantum physicist, New York Times best-selling author, and BBC host Jim Al-Khalili offers a fascinating and illuminating look at what physics reveals about the world.

Shining a light on the most profound insights revealed by modern physics, Jim Al-Khalili invites us all to understand what this crucially important science tells us about the universe and the nature of reality itself.

Al-Khalili begins by introducing the fundamental concepts of space, time, energy, and matter, and then describes the three pillars of modern physics - quantum theory, relativity, and thermodynamics - showing how all three must come together if we are ever to have a full understanding of reality. Using wonderful examples and thought-provoking analogies, Al-Khalili illuminates the physics of the extreme cosmic and quantum scales, the speculative frontiers of the field, and the physics that underpins our everyday experiences and technologies, bringing the listener up to speed with the biggest ideas in physics in just a few sittings. Physics is revealed as an intrepid human quest for ever more foundational principles that accurately explain the natural world we see around us, an undertaking guided by core values such as honesty and doubt. The knowledge discovered by physics both empowers and humbles us, and still, physics continues to delve valiantly into the unknown.

Making even the most enigmatic scientific ideas accessible and captivating, this deeply insightful audiobook illuminates why physics matters to everyone and calls one and all to share in the profound adventure of seeking truth in the world around us.

©2020 Jim Al-Khalili (P)2020 Princeton University Press

Critic Reviews

"A clear, simple, and fascinating account of what physics tells us about our universe, and - crucially - what evidence supports that view, from one of the most talented, inspiring, and informative popularizers of science. A triumph!" (Ian Stewart, author of Do Dice Play God?)

"Clearly written and inviting, even to readers who may not at first consider themselves scientific, The World According to Physics is a book that should be read and appreciated by many." (Jocelyn Bell Burnell, University of Oxford)

"So much science packed into such a tiny package! Jim Al-Khalili manages to give an accessible overview of an enormous amount of modern physics, without it ever feeling rushed. This book will be enjoyed by anyone who wants a glimpse of how modern physicists are thinking about some of the hardest problems in the universe." (Sean Carroll, author of Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime)

Editor's Pick

Physics for everyone! —no, really
"Whether we acknowledge it or not, the underpinnings of our day-to-day lives are determined by the oft invisible force of physics. As someone who has an insatiable thirst for knowledge, this mysterious determiner of fate has always piqued my interest (and scared me just a little bit). Admittedly, as someone without a science background, it was a difficult subject to just pick up and immerse myself in, which is why I think The World According to Physics works as the perfect launching point for those interested in learning a bit more about why our world works the way it does. Written and narrated by quantum physicist (so you know he knows what he’s talking about) and New York Times bestseller Jim Al-Khalili, The World According to Physics takes a look at some of the most significant and awe-inspiring concepts in physics and breaks them down in an easy-to-digest way, no physics degree required; all while Al-Khalili’s calm narration acts as the perfect buffer for these larger-than-life concepts. Regardless of whether or not you’re familiar with concepts such as relativity and thermodynamics, Al-Khalili convinces the listener that we should all know, appreciate, and be curious about this unseen force that affects so much of the world around us." —Luis G., Audible Editor

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excellent book

as an electrician for 40 years I've worked off electrical theories nowhere close to physics! always been pretty good in math so this book is inspired me to go back and review more calculus and trigonometry just to improve my brain thoughts.

Thank you to Jim Al-Khalili and the people that helped him on this book is really been an uplifting experience for me.
I dropped out of high school and I found this book knowledgeable understandable and like I said inspiring keep up the good work Jim Al-Khalili !

I would recommend this book for even kids in the junior high school level it just makes you think and not want to stop learning!

I found another book by Jim Al-Khalili first which really got me thinking as well I would recommend this book to anyone even if they do not like math the book is called Paradox , another great book in Jim's arsenal.

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I hoped for new ideas

This is a good book, but personally almost none of the theories or ideas were novel. This is partly due me having viewed most of Jim’s excellent BBC science documentaries. Still glad to support him in his passion to educate people on the power and potential of the scientific method.

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Would be better read.

The information was given in a back and forth manner. There were times if alI had the book I would have gone back to teference.

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Great book

Great intro of the entire physics distilled for non physicist and yet not waterd down. Good piece of work.

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Jim

does an outstanding job in describing the known world of physics and drawing your attention to the many areas that physics is exploring. The dynamics of this exploration is what makes this subject so much fun to think about. BUY IT!!!

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EXCELLENT!

Dr. Al-Khalili is one of the best teachers I have encountered. Although I am still struggling with the conservation of information, I

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  • A. Gardiner
  • 06-06-20

no fluff, good solid physics update

This is a great explanation of the current ideas in physics. I'll need to listen to some chapters a few times but that's why I enjoy Jim Al-Khalili, he doesn't simplify everything and explains complex ideas and what they are about, with the maths sometimes, no bad thing! There are ideas here that I haven't come across before and it is exciting to know what the current concepts are.

I really enjoyed the narration, of course Jim is a confident presenter and this comes across in the book. very easy to listen to. a great interview at the end with Jim is well done and adds something to the book. Definitely recommended!

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  • G. Rutter
  • 07-17-20

Brilliant as always and better with Jim reading

It’s always great to let your mind drift into Jim’s world and in this book that world comes to life. Looking forward to the next one.

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  • ade
  • 06-04-20

Intriguing

Absorbing content, Jim Al-Kalili makes you want and need to listen to this compilation!

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  • Robert
  • 08-04-22

Possibly the best science book of the year

Incredibly well written, a superbly clear - and enthusiastic - overview of modern physics from the basics to the cutting edge. Al-Khalili takes some hugely complex ideas and explains them in a way that's understandable and makes you want to find out more. Buy this book!

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  • SW
  • 06-28-22

one of my favourite science communicators

Excellent book and well read.
really enjoyed it.
looking forward to listening to more from Jim.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-17-22

nice and compact.

A wonderful articulation of the modern concepts of our physical nature. Jim conveys these ideas extremely coherently to the layman. As physics teacher, I found this book a welcome gift to help me with keeping students interested in the subject, a kick up the backside almost.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-10-22

Well worth your time.

Brilliant just brilliant. Very and very easy to understand and a must listen to for any science or physics fan.

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  • Clive
  • 07-28-21

If I listen to a broadcast by Jim al Kalili I expect it to be good and it was

Describes some very complex principles in good detail. A consummate professional with a gift for putting his point over well.
Well done.

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  • Jay
  • 07-16-21

Excellent Informative

This book is beautifully read by Jim. He has a great voice for explanation, and the content is balanced.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-21

Briiliant

Everyone should read/listen to this book- some very complex physics made easy - Jim is correct - everyone will love lustening to this by default - over natural childhood instinct for knowledge will be awakened. Thank you for making this an easy listen and bringing it to the masses...thank you Jim...