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    • When Einstein Walked with Gödel

    • Excursions to the Edge of Thought
    • By: Jim Holt
    • Narrated by: David Stifel
    • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Essayist posing as Philosopher-Physicist

    • By James S. on 05-28-18

    Regular price: $40.59

    • Why Does the World Exist?

    • An Existential Detective Story
    • By: Jim Holt
    • Narrated by: Steven Menasche
    • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 206
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    Author Jim Holt explores the greatest metaphysical mystery of all: why is there something rather than nothing? This runaway best seller, which has captured the imagination of critics and the public alike, traces our latest efforts to grasp the origins of the universe. Holt adopts the role of cosmological detective, traveling the globe to interview a host of celebrated scientists, philosophers, and writers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent survey of philosophy book

    • By Gary on 07-20-13

    Regular price: $16.79

    • The New Yorker (March 3, 2008)

    • By: Alma Guillermoprieto, Lizzie Widdicombe, Jim Holt, and others
    • Narrated by: Todd Mundt
    • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
    • Abridged
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    "Fidel's Farewell", by Alma Guillermoprieto; "Have Gun", by Lizzie Widdicombe; "Numbers Guy", by Jim Holt; "Leaving for Kenosha", by Richard Ford; "Amy's Circus", by Sasha Frere-Jones; "Breaking Bad", by Nancy Franklin; and "Taking Action", by David Denby.

    Regular price: $5.95

    • The New Yorker (Oct. 2, 2006)

    • By: Dorothy Wickenden, Bill Buford, Ben Bradlee, and others
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
    • Original Recording
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    "Top of the Class" by Dorothy Wickenden; "TV Dinners" by Bill Buford; "A Return" by Ben Bradlee; "Untrung" by Jim Holt; "The Closer" by Sasha Frere-Jones; and "Power Players" by David Denby.

    Regular price: $5.95