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  • Why Does E=MC2 and Why Should We Care

  • By: Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw
  • Narrated by: Jeff Forshaw
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579

In one of the most exciting and accessible explanations of The Theory of Relativity in recent years, Professors Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw go on a journey to the frontier of 21st century science to consider the real meaning behind the iconic sequence of symbols that make up Einstein's most famous equation, exploring the principles of physics through everyday life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easier than I thought

  • By Mr. S. Hyams on 30-05-11

Almost, really good attempt, very enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-06-11

Audio quality is good and the reading is generally engaging and excellent. The mathematics is not massively difficult (O-Level maybe) but I'd recommend getting the hardcopy as well, as having it in black and white certainly helps understand the niceties. Like most good things it takes a certain amount of effort to achieve, but the pay off of understanding is certainly worth it :-) I'd probably give it 5 five stars for it's valiant attempt at explanation. However the fact that it will not quite pull it off for most folks with out the hard copy and the occasional knocking of others (no matter how daft) points of view, rather than concentrating on it's own narrative mean four stars from me.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Moral Landscape

  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Sam Harris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358

Sam Harris has discovered that most people, from secular scientists to religious fundamentalists, agree on one point: science has nothing to say on the subject of human values. Indeed, science’s failure to address questions of meaning and morality has become the primary justification for religious faith.The underlying claim is that while science is the best authority on the workings of the physical universe, religion is the best authority on meaning, values, morality, and leading a good life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Third Horseman of the Apocalypse - Brilliant

  • By Mr. J. M. Ainsworth on 25-09-13

Thought provoking, perhaps a little antagonistic

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-05-11

The central (and highly thought provoking) proposition behind this audio book is that as a race we should seek to give primacy in decisions about human morality and values to neuroscience and the scientific method. The assertion is that by doing this, as opposed to following the dogma of organised religions and other irrational beliefs, we will be creating a better society.

Whilst this is not an "easy" listen, the author does an admirable job of dealing with the science, logic, philosophy in order to make his case, whilst technically the recording and the reading are very good. I found listening to it a deeply engrossing, thought provoking and enjoyable experience and will certainly listen to it again in the near future.


So why four stars.


Well I think the authors assertion is almost certainly correct; we would be much better of removing religion from the equation. However for my money I think the book could have communicated this more effectively to a wider audience, if it had focused more on its own ideas and rather less on a sustained sniping at organised religion and its excesses. (The downside of this negativity is that there is unfortunately likely to be more people put off reading and understanding the excellent ideas in the book than will be attracted to it).


In summary, an excellent thought provoking listen, possibly flawed in a counter productive antagonistism towards religion and its adherents, otherwise very highly recommended.

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

Parallel Worlds
    A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos
    
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    Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
    142 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • Parallel Worlds

  • A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos
  • By: Michio Kaku
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

In this thrilling journey into the mysteries of our cosmos, best-selling author Michio Kaku takes us on a dizzying ride to explore black holes and time machines, multidimensional space and, most tantalizing of all, the possibility that parallel universes may lay alongside our own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Christopher Wilton on 05-01-11
  • Parallel Worlds
  • A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos
  • By: Michio Kaku
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor

A grand tour

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-01-11

A very interesting and accessible grand tour around modern physics. I'd have given it 5 stars, but I personally felt that the latter parts of the book were not quite as well done as the excellent earlier parts. In particular I felt the pacing was a bit off later on and sometimes the explanations would have benefited from further elaboration. However, saying that, it's not stopping me from listening to it again, there's a lot here to get the teeth into, would highly recommended for anyone interested in physics, might even buy the book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dreams of a Final Theory

  • The Scientist's Search for the Ultimate Laws of Nature
  • By: Steven Weinberg
  • Narrated by: Stuart Langton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

This is the story of a grand scientific quest: the quest for a unifying theory of nature. Writing with dazzling elegance and clarity, Nobel Prize - winning physicist Steven Weinberg retraces the steps that have led modern scientists from relativity theory and quantum mechanics to the notion of superstrings and the idea that our universe may coexist with others. Along the way, he voices the questions that are always present: Why does each explanation of the way nature works point to other, deeper explanations?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining, different

  • By shufflingB on 29-01-11

Entertaining, different

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-01-11

This is a bit of a pot pourri of a book that discusses amongst other things science, the scientific method, politics and religion all in the context of the quest for the Final Theory and it's importance to humankind.

The book does this in a way that is entertaining, (unsurprisingly) highly intelligent, blunt and at times very funny. The authors personality is highly apparent in the book and (to me) the reader for the audio version was a very good match. It moves along at a clip and I would guess for most people would demand a fair amount of concentration to follow (it did for me anyway).

It's not a beginners guide, but if you do have a reasonable acquaintance/interest in physics and cosmology and would like to see it from an unusual and entertaining angle, then this book/recording does this very well.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful