I've always rather regretted dropping physics at the age that I did, but assumed that my lack of advanced mathematics was probably a barrier to investigating the subject further by myself. I'm ecstatically happy to be proven wrong.
I couldn't really be happier with this course. It seems to be pitched towards an undergraduate non-scientist level, which is to say that it assumes that you don't know any physics already, but *does* assume that you have a few brain cells to rub together. So far so perfect.
The content is no doubt simplified and focused on the conceptual (Advanced physics without maths? How could it not be?), but Professor Wolfson is superb in how he takes the listener through the evolution of various theories in engaging logical steps.
NOTE: There are references throughout the lecture series to occasional diagrams and course materials, which are *not* available for Audible customers to download form the Great Courses website. A quick google search however will usually provide you with similar diagrams if you just throw in the relative topic keywords.
I'm a singing songwriting postie living in Yorkshire. Sometimes I like to be challenged by a book, and sometimes I just want to lose myself.
I think science is generally thought of as a big book of facts filled with equations, graphs and hypothesis’ that only scientists can understand; and as time goes on this book is getting bigger and, inevitably, more impenetrable to the uninitiated. In 13 Things ..., however, Michael Brooks reminds us that science is actually a big book of questions and - more often than not - arguments. He takes us through the big holes that science has barely begun to look into: from the dark physics of dark matter and energy, to the search for extraterrestrial life or intelligence, he quickly moves down to the human scale, working his way through life, death and sex and then onto the almost philosophical matter of free will. It’s a very interesting and enjoyable journey filled with the scientists who dare to take on the establishment and are willing to think the unthinkable - and pay the price when they are wrong too. So, thoroughly recommended to pop-science enthusiasts and anyone who fancies a glimpse into the unknown, and possibly even unknowable ...