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Pulp Physics Audiobook

Pulp Physics: Astronomy: Humankind in Space and Time

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Dr. Berendzen has a very unique talent: he speaks extemporaneously and manages to sound as though he's reading from a book or a script. Of course, it helps that he has an exhaustive knowledge of his subject - Berendzen is to physics what Seuss was to rhyming couplets. Pulp Physics is a remarkably informative program, bringing even the scientifically inept immediately into a concrete understanding of the universe around them. It's very much like sitting in on a long and interesting lecture by a profound professor. Highly recommended! (Leslie G.)

Publisher's Summary

In this unscripted recording, renowned astrophysicist Dr. Richard Berendzen takes you on a journey through space and time that is captivating from the moment he begins to speak. Acting as your personal tour guide through the galaxy, Dr. Berendzen enthusiastically shares his expertise in this conventional - yet comprehensive - introduction to physics and astronomy. Enjoy the best of both worlds: an expert's knowledge in a user-friendly format!

©2000 by Dr. Richard Berendzen; (P)2000 by The Publishing Mills

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  • Dell
    Sacramento, CA, United States
    08/10/04
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    "Pulp Physics is insightful history"

    This book has fascinating insights into many historical situations of physics. It carries its message in simple conversational style. It is almost complete to the present day. It's omission is the acceleration of expansion of the galaxies. I am a 30 year teacher of college physics, now retired. I believe anyone from highschool to graduate school would be well served in understanding the progress of science by reading this book(or listening). The coverage is broad, but he has wonderful treatements of Galileo, Newton, Einstein, and cosmology in general. I recommend this book without reservation.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Homestead, FL, United States
    06/05/03
    Overall
    "A very thought-provoking discussion"

    Pulp Physics starts off a little slow, with repetition of information presented in other publications from this site. But, as the author gets into the discussions about our solar system and the universe it becomes much more interesting. There are many good examples presented to help the listener understand and comprehend the vastness of everything. I will anxiously await his future discussions of the universe.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Allen
    Larchmont, NY, USA
    09/08/03
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    "Pulp Physics"

    This is an excellent introduction to science and ought to be required listening (or reading) for novice and expert physicists/astronomers alike. Dr. Berendzen's folksy style plays very well in audio format and is very enjoyable even in the low-fidelity formats (1,2). I have only one factual quibble with Dr. Berendzen's material - Galileo's eye problems were not caused by sighting the sun directly through a telescope. It is well known that Galileo observed the sun indirectly by veiwing a projection of the sun on a piece of notebook paper on which he traced the sunspots. Rather, it was Galileo's habit of sharing his telescope eyepieces with many people that facilitated infection of his eyes.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sean
    Herndon, VA, USA
    17/03/04
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    "Get it"

    If you are remotely interested in the history of astrophysics then get it. His style is great and even though you are listening he does a great job of putting pictures in your head. Even my wife who is not interested in physics loved his stories. It is the right length and very easy listening for such a deep topic.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Markham
    Henderson, CO, United States
    15/09/11
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    "The most amazing book on the Cosmos ever!"
    What did you love best about Pulp Physics?

    This book tells the whole story...from beginning to end, who the players were, what accomplishments they had made to the study of Astonomy, as well as a chronological order of how this science came about. It clearly brings you from a novice to almost a full-blown Astonomer in just over 9 hours! the author is awesome in explaining the planets, the orbits, the stars...the whole cosmic story...in easy to understand language and thought! I did not think I would be so interested in the Cosmos as I am now after reading this book. I thoroughly understand what this Physicist is talking about, and I am just a beginner trying to understand these concepts for the first time. If you love Astronomy, but don't know much about the Cosmos or where it was founded, I highly recommend this book!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The storyline is chronological and easy to follow...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The whole book


    Was there a moment in the book that particular moved you?

    I loved the definitions about the different and varying stars/planets.


    Any additional comments?

    Author is spectacular! I can't seem to find anything else from him...I will keep searching...even if I have to look into the Cosmos!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David
    KEENE, NH, United States
    09/07/07
    Overall
    "Great overview of Science"

    You'll feel like you're getting a private lecture on science. A great listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    NYC, NY, USA
    18/06/05
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    "GREAT BOOK"

    I listen to it every night, over and over again...great book and very well articulated by the author. I highly recommend. I wish he had more books to download.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vaughan
    YelvertonUnited Kingdom
    05/05/05
    Overall
    "Great Stuff"

    This really worked for me, I really liked the delivery by the reader, which is relaxing and steady, The range covered is huge, and this guy has a few very unique ways of explaining some topics, many of which I have not read or heard approached in that way before, I particularly enjoyed the later chapter on Cosmology and the various ideas about the orogins of the Universe, he even brings in the place of theology in these explanations, and this has helped me see how the two subjects are not quite as much at odds as I had always thought.
    I have listened to many audible science audiobooks (I drive for 5 hours per day), and to date I think this is about the best..just my level, (my second favorite is seeing in the dark)...Excellent, I will play it through again as I enjoyed this mans company!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • FoxFire
    New York
    19/09/03
    Overall
    "Easy to Understand and Comprehensive"

    I found this to be a very comprehensive history of cosmology that is well written and well read. It is written for the lay person and is therefore easy to understand. It was an enjoyable listening experience, and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in the subject of cosmology.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Louis
    KEMPTVILLE, ON, Canada
    15/07/03
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    "Pulp Physics"

    Excellent book. There are many books that changes your life, this is one of those.

    For those of you who would like to know about our world and the discoveries that now shape our lives, this is the book for you.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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