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The Joy of x
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 By: Steven Strogatz
 Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
 Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
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Many people take math in high school and promptly forget much of it. But math plays a part in all of our lives all of the time, whether we know it or not. In The Joy of x, Steven Strogatz expands on his hit New York Times series to explain the big ideas of math gently and clearly, with wit, and insight.


better read than listened to
 By Simon on 300321

Sync
 How Order Emerges from Chaos in the Universe, Nature, and Daily Life
 By: Steven Strogatz
 Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
 Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
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At once elegant and riveting, Sync tells the story of the dawn of a new science. Steven Strogatz, a leading mathematician in the fields of chaos and complexity theory, explains how enormous systems can synchronize themselves, from the electrons in a superconductor to the pacemaker cells in our hearts. He shows that although these phenomena might seem unrelated on the surface, at a deeper level there is a connection, forged by the unifying power of mathematics.

Fundamental
 How Quantum and Particle Physics Explain Absolutely Everything (Except Gravity)
 By: Tim James
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 Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
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Fundamental is a comprehensive beginner's guide to quantum mechanics, explaining not only the weirdness of the subject but the experiments that proved it to be true. Using a humorous and lighthearted approach, Fundamental tells the story of how the most brilliant minds in science grappled with seemingly impossible ideas and gave us everything from microchips to particle accelerators.


Succinct, full of physics, utterly brilliant
 By D B. on 220820

A Most Elegant Equation
 Euler’s Formula and the Beauty of Mathematics
 By: David Stipp
 Narrated by: Sean Pratt
 Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
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Bertrand Russell wrote that mathematics can exalt "as surely as poetry". This is especially true of one equation: ei(pi) + 1 = 0, the brainchild of Leonhard Euler, the Mozart of mathematics. More than two centuries after Euler's death, it is still regarded as a conceptual diamond of unsurpassed beauty. Called Euler's identity, or God's equation, it includes just five numbers but represents an astonishing revelation of hidden connections.


Very good.
 By Dale Linney on 120420

Complexity
 The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos
 By: M. Mitchel Waldrop
 Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
 Length: 17 hrs and 8 mins
 Unabridged

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In a rarified world of scientific research, a revolution has been brewing. Its activists are not anarchists, but rather Nobel Laureates in physics and economics and ponytailed graduates, mathematicians, and computer scientists from all over the world. They have formed an iconoclastic thinktank and their radical idea is to create a new science: complexity. They want to know how a primordial soup of simple molecules managed to turn itself into the first living celland what the origin of life some four billion years ago can tell us about the process of technological innovation today.


A simply told story of complexity
 By Tim on 210720

Oxygen
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 By: Nick Lane
 Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
 Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
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Oxygen takes the listener on an enthralling journey, as gripping as a thriller, as it unravels the unexpected ways in which oxygen spurred the evolution of life and death.


Brilliant. Great book, engaging, fascinating and enlightening
 By SilverWave on 301221

The Joy of x
 A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity
 By: Steven Strogatz
 Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
 Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
 Unabridged

Overall

Performance

Story
Many people take math in high school and promptly forget much of it. But math plays a part in all of our lives all of the time, whether we know it or not. In The Joy of x, Steven Strogatz expands on his hit New York Times series to explain the big ideas of math gently and clearly, with wit, and insight.


better read than listened to
 By Simon on 300321

Sync
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 By: Steven Strogatz
 Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
 Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
 Unabridged

Overall

Performance

Story
At once elegant and riveting, Sync tells the story of the dawn of a new science. Steven Strogatz, a leading mathematician in the fields of chaos and complexity theory, explains how enormous systems can synchronize themselves, from the electrons in a superconductor to the pacemaker cells in our hearts. He shows that although these phenomena might seem unrelated on the surface, at a deeper level there is a connection, forged by the unifying power of mathematics.

Fundamental
 How Quantum and Particle Physics Explain Absolutely Everything (Except Gravity)
 By: Tim James
 Narrated by: Tim James
 Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
 Unabridged

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Fundamental is a comprehensive beginner's guide to quantum mechanics, explaining not only the weirdness of the subject but the experiments that proved it to be true. Using a humorous and lighthearted approach, Fundamental tells the story of how the most brilliant minds in science grappled with seemingly impossible ideas and gave us everything from microchips to particle accelerators.


Succinct, full of physics, utterly brilliant
 By D B. on 220820

A Most Elegant Equation
 Euler’s Formula and the Beauty of Mathematics
 By: David Stipp
 Narrated by: Sean Pratt
 Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
 Unabridged

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Bertrand Russell wrote that mathematics can exalt "as surely as poetry". This is especially true of one equation: ei(pi) + 1 = 0, the brainchild of Leonhard Euler, the Mozart of mathematics. More than two centuries after Euler's death, it is still regarded as a conceptual diamond of unsurpassed beauty. Called Euler's identity, or God's equation, it includes just five numbers but represents an astonishing revelation of hidden connections.


Very good.
 By Dale Linney on 120420

Complexity
 The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos
 By: M. Mitchel Waldrop
 Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
 Length: 17 hrs and 8 mins
 Unabridged

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Performance

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In a rarified world of scientific research, a revolution has been brewing. Its activists are not anarchists, but rather Nobel Laureates in physics and economics and ponytailed graduates, mathematicians, and computer scientists from all over the world. They have formed an iconoclastic thinktank and their radical idea is to create a new science: complexity. They want to know how a primordial soup of simple molecules managed to turn itself into the first living celland what the origin of life some four billion years ago can tell us about the process of technological innovation today.


A simply told story of complexity
 By Tim on 210720

Oxygen
 The Molecule That Made the World
 By: Nick Lane
 Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
 Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
 Unabridged

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Oxygen takes the listener on an enthralling journey, as gripping as a thriller, as it unravels the unexpected ways in which oxygen spurred the evolution of life and death.


Brilliant. Great book, engaging, fascinating and enlightening
 By SilverWave on 301221

The Prime Number Conspiracy
 The Biggest Ideas in Math from Quanta
 By: Thomas Lin  editor, James Gleick  foreword
 Narrated by: Bob Souer
 Length: 10 hrs
 Unabridged

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These stories from Quanta Magazine map the routes of mathematical exploration, showing listeners how cuttingedge research is done, while illuminating the productive tension between conjecture and proof, theory and intuition. Listeners of The Prime Number Conspiracy are headed on "breathtaking intellectual journeys to the bleeding edge of discovery strapped to the narrative rocket of humanity's neverending pursuit of knowledge," says Quanta editorinchief Thomas Lin.

Quantum Space
 Loop Quantum Gravity and the Search for the Structure of Space, Time, and the Universe
 By: Jim Baggott
 Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
 Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
 Unabridged

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Today we are blessed with two extraordinarily successful theories of physics. The first is Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, which describes the largescale behavior of matter in a curved spacetime. The second is quantum mechanics. This theory describes the properties and behavior of matter and radiation at their smallest scales.


Thought provoking
 By karl on 121220

Why String Theory?
 By: Joseph Conlon
 Narrated by: Robbie Stevens
 Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
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Why String Theory? provides the answer, offering a highly listenable and accessible panorama of the who, what and why of this large aspect of modern theoretical physics. The author, a theoretical physics professor at the University of Oxford and a leading string theorist, explains what string theory is and where it originated. He describes how string theory fits into physics and why so many physicists and mathematicians find it appealing when working on topics from Mtheory to monsters and from cosmology to superconductors.


Great book and narrator told an entertaining story
 By Helen the Hemulen on 170321

Our Mathematical Universe
 My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality
 By: Max Tegmark
 Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
 Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
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Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present and future, and through the physics, astronomy, and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the ultimate multiverse. In a dazzling combination of both popular and groundbreaking science, he not only helps us grasp his often mindboggling theories, but he also shares with us some of the often surprising triumphs and disappointments that have shaped his life as a scientist.


Test Your Little Grey Cells
 By Simon Gibson on 300314

Elemental
 How the Periodic Table Can Now Explain (Nearly) Everything
 By: Tim James
 Narrated by: Roger Davis
 Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
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In 2016, with the addition of four final elements  nihonium, moscovium, tennessine and oganesson  to make a total of 118 elements, the periodic table was finally complete, rendering any preexisting books on the subject obsolete. Tim James, the secondaryschool science teacher we all wish we'd had, provides an accessible and wonderfully entertaining 'biography of chemistry' that uses stories to explain the positions and patterns of elements in the periodic table. Many popular science titles tend to tell the history of scientific developments, leaving the actual science largely unexplained; James, however, makes use of stories to explain the principles of chemistry within the table, showing its relevance to everyday life.


A book for anyone who wants to understand the the discovery’s and wonders of the universe
 By Claire S. on 170818

The Universe Speaks in Numbers
 How Modern Maths Reveals Nature's Deepest Secrets
 By: Graham Farmelo
 Narrated by: Hugh Kermode
 Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
 Unabridged

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One of the great mysteries of science is that its fundamental laws are written in the language of mathematics. Graham Farmelo's thrilling new book shows how modern maths has helped physicists to rethink gravity, space, and time. The Universe Speaks in Numbers takes us on an adventure from the Enlightenment to the present with a vibrant cast of characters, illuminating the most exciting and controversial developments in contemporary thought.


Quite a dry history of mathematics in physics.
 By Heisenberg on 060519

Lost in Math
 How Beauty Leads Physics Astray
 By: Sabine Hossenfelder
 Narrated by: Laura Jennings
 Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
 Unabridged

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Whether pondering black holes or predicting discoveries at CERN, physicists believe the best theories are beautiful, natural, and elegant, and this standard separates popular theories from disposable ones. This is why, Sabine Hossenfelder argues, we have not seen a major breakthrough in the foundations of physics for more than four decades. The belief in beauty has become so dogmatic that it now conflicts with scientific objectivity: Observation has been unable to confirm mindboggling theories, like supersymmetry or grand unification, invented by physicists based on aesthetic criteria.


Interesting, informative & thought provoking read
 By JHFD on 291220

What Is Life?
 With Mind and Matter and Autobiographical Sketches
 By: Erwin Schrödinger, Roger Penrose  foreword
 Narrated by: Bob Souer
 Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
 Unabridged

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Nobel laureate Erwin Schrödinger's What is Life? is one of the great science classics of the 20th century. A distinguished physicist's exploration of the question which lies at the heart of biology, it was written for the layman but proved one of the spurs to the birth of molecular biology and the subsequent discovery of the structure of DNA. It appears here together with "Mind and Matter", his essay investigating a relationship which has eluded and puzzled philosophers since the earliest times.


Excellent
 By Tom O'Rourke on 271021

Thermodynamics: Four Laws That Move the Universe
 By: Jeffrey C. Grossman, The Great Courses
 Narrated by: Jeffrey C. Grossman
 Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
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Nothing has had a more profound impact on the development of modern civilization than thermodynamics. Thermodynamic processes are at the heart of everything that involves heat, energy, and work, making an understanding of the subject indispensable for careers in engineering, physical science, biology, meteorology, and even nutrition and culinary arts. Get an indepth tour of this vital and fascinating science in 24 enthralling lectures suitable for everyone from science novices to experts who wish to review elementary concepts and formulas.


Great content but not ideal for audio
 By whatisiswhat on 130119

Fermat's Last Theorem
 The Story of a Riddle That Confounded the World's Greatest Minds for 358 Years
 By: Simon Singh
 Narrated by: David Rintoul
 Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
 Unabridged

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'I have a truly marvellous demonstration of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain.' It was with these words, written in the 1630s, that Pierre de Fermat intrigued and infuriated the mathematics community. For over 350 years, proving Fermat's Last Theorem was the most notorious unsolved mathematical problem, a puzzle whose basics most children could grasp but whose solution eluded the greatest minds in the world.


Great story, narration
 By Malthe S. on 201118

Astronomical
 From Quarks to Quasars, the Science of Space at Its Strangest
 By: Tim James
 Narrated by: Tim James
 Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
 Unabridged

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Space is the biggest, oldest, hottest, coldest, strangest thing a human can study. It's no surprise then, that the weirdest facts in science (not to mention the weirdest scientists themselves) are found in astrophysics and cosmology. If you're looking for instructions on how to set up your grandad's telescope this book probably isn't for you. In Astronomical, Tim James takes us on a tour of the known (and unknown) Universe, focusing on the mostmind boggling stuff we've come across, as well as unpacking the latest theories about what's really going on out there.


Remarkable book written by a remarkable teacher!
 By Tom on 090521

The Science of Information: From Language to Black Holes
 By: Benjamin Schumacher, The Great Courses
 Narrated by: Benjamin Schumacher
 Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
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The Science of Information: From Language to Black Holes covers the exciting concepts, history, and applications of information theory in 24 challenging and eyeopening halfhour lectures taught by Professor Benjamin Schumacher of Kenyon College. A prominent physicist and awardwinning educator at one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, Professor Schumacher is also a pioneer in the field of quantum information, which is the latest exciting development in this dynamic scientific field.


A bit technical but really full of insights
 By Amazon Customer on 280620
Summary
Without calculus, we wouldn't have cell phones, TV, GPS, or ultrasound. We wouldn't have unraveled DNA or discovered Neptune or figured out how to put 5,000 songs in your pocket.
Though many of us were scared away from this essential, engrossing subject in high school and college, Steven Strogatz's brilliantly creative, downtoearth history shows that calculus is not about complexity; it's about simplicity. It harnesses an unreal number  infinity  to tackle real world problems, breaking them down into easier ones and then reassembling the answers into solutions that feel miraculous.
Infinite Powers recounts how calculus tantalized and thrilled its inventors, starting with its first glimmers in ancient Greece and bringing us right up to the discovery of gravitational waves. Strogatz reveals how this form of math rose to the challenges of each age: how to determine the area of a circle with only sand and a stick; how to explain why Mars goes "backwards" sometimes; how to turn the tide in the fight against AIDS.
As Strogatz proves, calculus is truly the language of the universe. By unveiling the principles of that language, Infinite Powers makes us marvel at the world anew.
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 Erich Graf
 251021
Incomplete audiobook
This is a frustrating audiobook… The original has been very lazily made into an audiobook, without providing the figures and tables that it relies on. The narrator says things ‘like look at the numbers in the left column’! Other audiobooks provide information from figures/tables in a PDF.
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 Anonymous User
 090921
Now I need to learn the calculus properly!
Very inspiring book! Can give you some idea about the variety of practical uses of calculus. Sounds like the one of most powerful mental models out there!
1 person found this helpful

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 Eleanor
 141221
Brilliant!
This has really made me feel more confident with maths. I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to.

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 noname
 271021
Beautiful and profound.
Strogatz' delicate and thoughtful storytelling brings the reader on an amazing journey. Please read this book!

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 A Reader in Maine
 210220
Not written to be read aloud
Don’t get me wrong—this is a great book and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I highly recommend it. But in many parts, the performer has to read aloud some complicated equations that are tough to follow if you are, say, listening while driving. As a statistician, I was familiar with 80% of the concepts discussed and have heard of the rest, and I struggled at times.
I recommend buying the book to read, so one can slow down when needed, or listen to it with a pencil and paper handy.
That said, this book gave me many new insights and explanations that will inform my teaching going forward.
40 people found this helpful

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 Amazon Customer
 050919
Elegant, clear, cutting edge.
If you're curious, but mathematically hopeless, this is splendid. I found the opening overview particularly illuminating, but throughout it joins history, to biography, to physics, to math in a clear but not condescending manner.
27 people found this helpful

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 David
 290520
GREAT BOOK! would be nice to have a PDF
If you enjoy math and Steven Strogatz... you're probably a nerd like me and have already read this or similar books many times, and you know its good. 😁
If you are just interested in math and want to hear it explained in an entertaining and informative, this is a great book to read.
it would benefit from a PDF for some illustrations, but even without that it is easy to follow.
21 people found this helpful

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 M. McCreary
 100220
Read the book
This is a great discussion of the development and use of calculus, but if you're not comfortable with the topic, the audiobook isn't the best way to read it. The narrator does a great job, but with so many equations in the text, it's just easier to read the hard copy.
13 people found this helpful

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 Tyler
 291219
Beautiful
As a young newly inspired fellow, I’ve been surprisingly driven to read and listen to such books as Strogatz’s here. It gorgeously weaves often difficult to imagine notions of mathematics into a web of relevance.
I am registered to take calculus in the next semester, and could not have imagined a better primer. I’m hooked. I am craving to learn more, and this book has teased the desire for advancement to an incredible degree. I’ve listed this book as one I must return to after actually learning to DO the calculus he dances around. But until then, I have only dreamy things to say about the book.
Narration is wonderful. As with any scientific / mathematic audio, there are tedious portions where it becomes difficult to follow given the nature of embedding equations and proofs into paragraphs. But this is, to me, apparent and obvious. I like to consider the portions of technical speak as a challenge to myself whether I can follow. I’ll repeat it several times until I understand or decide I’m not quite studied enough to understand more deeply than I do.
Mathematics is a language of translating “reality” into symbols and back again, judging their synergy along the way. To expect a book on mathematics NOT to contain technical paragraphs, is a mistake. I loved them.
If you are reading reviews looking for fuel to motivate your own decision, do it.
Especially if you are willing to be curious.
If you would like to learn.
And if you want to explore the universe, mathematics is nestled amongst the best available tools to do so.
Dive in. Enjoy.
11 people found this helpful

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 Anonymous
 050919
Great for those learning calculus
I'm in differential equations right now this is a good overview of the theories of calculus and covers aspects missed in lectures
14 people found this helpful

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 Julian G.
 300120
Great overbiew
I'm not a math person by trade although I do enjoy mathematics. This book is a great way to get a wide breadth idea of the history of calculus. I suggest this book to anyone who kind of wants to know about the math without getting too into the Weeds about how to do it. Beautifully written and excellently narrated.
5 people found this helpful

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 Anonymous User
 080320
history
explains calculus but not heavy on math
Lots of illustrations. good for teaching anyone at any age
3 people found this helpful

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 Timothy S.
 240120
Infinitely Awesome! So much fun.
Missing insight on eastern math is meaningless compared to the tale of modern infinities.
Fun listen on headphones but some pencil and paper moments when a peek at the math is required.
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 P. Sandwall
 220520
beware the reader
listening now and will finish because I'm a completionist but... this reader hurts my head, he feels like someone scratching a chalkboard. I'm actually not going to finish this, it's that painful. maybe a personal issue but damn.
2 people found this helpful