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    • The Ascent of Gravity

    • The Quest to Understand the Force That Explains Everything
    • By: Marcus Chown
    • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
    • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    Gravity is the weakest force in the everyday world, yet it is the strongest force in the universe. It was the first force to be recognized and described, yet it is the least understood. It is a "force" that keeps your feet on the ground, yet no such force actually exists. Gravity, to steal the words of Winston Churchill, is "a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma". And penetrating that enigma promises to answer the biggest questions in science: What is space? What is time? What is the universe? And where did it all come from?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great narrative overview

    • By Seth K on 04-24-18

    Regular price: $28.00

    • What a Wonderful World

    • By: Marcus Chown
    • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    Why do we breathe? What is money? How does the brain work? Why did life invent sex? Does time really exist? How does capitalism work - or not, as the case may be? Where do mountains come from? How do computers work? How did humans get to dominate the Earth? Why is there something rather than nothing? In What a Wonderful World, Marcus Chown, best-selling author of Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You and the Solar System app, uses his vast scientific knowledge and deep understanding of extremely complex processes to answer simple questions.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Way too esoteric

    • By Arnold on 06-16-15

    Regular price: $20.24

    • Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand

    • By: Marcus Chown
    • Narrated by: Marcus Chown
    • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Did you know that you could fit the whole human race in the volume of a sugar cube? Or that the electrical energy in a single mosquito is enough to cause a global mass extinction? Or that we are all, in fact, living in a giant hologram? Or perhaps, most importantly of all, out there in the universe there are an infinite number of copies of you reading an infinite number of copies of this? 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonders of the Universe

    • By Philomath on 10-18-18

    Regular price: $20.72

    • Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You

    • By: Marcus Chown
    • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 102
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 71

    Did you know that there’s so much empty space inside matter that the entire human race could be squeezed into the volume of a sugar cube? Or that you grow old more quickly on the top floor of a building than on the ground floor? The two towering achievements of modern physics are quantum theory and Einstein’s general theory of relativity. But, almost a century after their advent, most people haven’t the slightest clue what either is about. Get set for the most entertaining science book of the year.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant

    • By John on 01-02-11

    Regular price: $15.66

    • The Ascent of Gravity

    • The Quest to Understand the Force That Explains Everything
    • By: Marcus Chown
    • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
    • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Gravity is the weakest force in the everyday world, yet it is the strongest force in the universe. It was the first force to be recognised and described, yet it is the least understood. It is a 'force' that keeps your feet on the ground, yet no such force actually exists. Gravity, to steal the words of Winston Churchill, is 'a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma'. And penetrating that enigma promises to answer the biggest questions in science: what is space? What is time? What is the universe? And where did it all come from?

    Regular price: $21.31