Understanding the Misconceptions of Science

Narrated by: Don Lincoln
Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (121 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Consider these commonly held scientific beliefs: Planetary orbits are fixed ellipses; we only use 10 percent of our brains; nothing travels faster than light; a thrown object’s trajectory is a parabola. They seem correct, but they’re all misconceptions that aren’t entirely accurate. There’s much more to the story than you think. 

These magnificent 24 lectures are devoted to busting myths, clearing up confusion, and giving you scientific epiphanies that could change how you think about your everyday world. You’ll explore shocking truths about some of science’s most well-known - and often controversial - concepts, including the physics of flight, black holes, quantum mechanics, and even the possibility of extraterrestrial life. 

Delivered with insight, clarity, and a healthy dose of humor, Professor Lincoln’s scientific epiphanies will have you rethinking what you know - or thought you knew - about the world of science. Learn to see matter not as simple spheres but force fields. Discover why most human characteristics aren’t governed by a single gene. Examine why astronauts in the International Space Station aren’t in zero gravity but free fall. And those are just a few. 

These lectures are, above all, about awareness and respect for what an immense undertaking scientific inquiry and experimentation is. Regardless of where you are in your own scientific adventures, they’ll empower you with not just good science, but better science. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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alot of material glanced at. title is true to what it is. one thing is the repeating himself to make the book longer. ... also the audio quality when recording could have been better. would recommend

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Informative

I learned some new things and got more knowledge on others great course can't wait to do a second listening after I allow some time to pass.

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Each subject had potential. But all were too short

I might have rated it higher had it contained any information I didnt already know. But it really didnt. Although, these sorts of big picture, undetailed courses rarely do. That said, he did recomend some good "further reading" material. which many attempting this sort of thing rarely do. Overall I enjoyed it, but it isn't one I'll ever listen to twice.

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loved the book and Don Lincoln

another great book by Mr. Lincoln. his presentation is flawless and the content is completely captivating. I totally recommend this book.

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This title may do more harm than good for some readers.

The author does not seem to understand simple things like that air is made of particles which engage in completely elastic collisions and that therefore air pressure is not potential energy but is in fact kinetic energy. All manner of confusion therefore ensues.

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This was Great!

Very good. I do have a scientific back ground. I will revisit this. Great listening. They narrator at the end says - they in the end really do not know as much as people think they do. Honest is cool.

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Facinating and Entertaining

Prof. Lincoln delves into areas of science that are quite often misunderstood. I enjoyed this audio book very much as Prof. Lincoln is an excellent narrator and kept the explanations exactly as advertised, clearing up many of the misconceptions exactly as advertised in the title. Just one of several that I have enjoyed both from print, audible, and videos. This one will remain in my library and will be revisited.

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Very informative to the point where it's cathartic I feel relaxed and energized at the same time I love the emotional compassion he has in his voice ❤️❤️.

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Correcting errors

You likely don't realize where your misconceptions about science begin or end. Fortunately, this book will cover such broad selections as to hit all the most prevalent.

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Lay science education is limited in the internet age by shortened articles and generalizations as a compromise to bring it to a wider audience. At times however it would be nice to go deeper, to move a step closer to understanding what scientists do—subtleties and finer details. This book does that brilliantly without requiring science degrees, though previous exposure to the subjects will make this a most-enjoyable experience. For any science fan this is a must-watch, must-listen book. And just in time Audible has upgraded their app, linking the pdf directly. (That still needs some improvement so one can view the pdf while playing/pausing the audio.)

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  • 04-01-20

Brilliant

I wish these lectures had been available when I was a student! Very well structured and informative. They not only highlight the misconceptions but also explain the correct version of each concept. BRILLIANT!!

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  • Nigel C
  • 01-10-20

Great audio book

I do have a scientific background and found this audio book very good, great listening.

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  • Gordon T.
  • 07-30-20

Should never have been an audiobook

Too many equations and supplying a pdf defeats the purpose of them. The only equation missing was H=v*t where v=velocity of car, t=time referring to pdf, and H=days in hospital

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  • Stuart lloyd
  • 07-02-20

Brilliant

Brilliant at smashing misconceptions. Anyone who teaches or learns an A level science course should listen to this to aid in their studies.

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  • Artem Syromiatnikov
  • 06-12-20

A great course for science nerds!

The audiobook format is not the best though as the course contains quite a few formulas and charts that are quite hard to comprehend solely by listening. It's good that the course cones with an accompanying PDF with all the visual information required!

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  • G. A. Thart
  • 10-26-19

Interesting,

I learned some interesting facts. However it was a bit factualness, and it became a bit anecdotal. But this is the nature of this type of book

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  • Joye C.
  • 10-12-19

Brilliantly delivered.

Don is the perfect companion on this journey through the maze of misconception. A great listen.

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  • Joel
  • 01-13-20

Interesting, but not well suited for audio format

The content of the lectures were interesting, and the premise was a good one. That said, the mix of sciences was a touch heavy on theoretical physics for my taste (though probably not everyone's), understandable given the lectures background. the lecturer was partial to corny jokes but otherwise good. the content was regularly dependent on visualisations meaning that the audio format didnt always fit well