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All of the geniuses in Six Great Scientists had one thing in common: the determination to do scientific research whatever the obstacles. They all had the imagination to conceive great ideas and the force of will not to be defeated. Nicolaus Copernicus proved that the earth was not the center of the universe and founded the modern scientific outlook. Galileo Galilei proved by his use of the telescope that the Copernican view was correct and fought for this truth in the face of severe persecution. Isaac Newton not only developed a comprehensive account of the entire physical universe but also struggled for the preservation of intellectual freedom by taking part in the rebellion against James II. Charles Darwin, in the face of violent opposition, established a belief in evolution, showing that all living organisms are related members of one connected system. Marie Curie discovered radium, which disclosed the secrets of the atom, revealed its structure and history, and unlocked the promise of atomic energy. Finally, Albert Einstein asserted the theory of relativity and the equivalence of mass and energy, which was essential for the controlled release of atomic power. Just as important, he also spoke out against Nazi Germany without the shadow of a compromise and never ceased to warn mankind of the danger inherent in the misuse of science. The stories of these scientists will renew our confidence in the human spirit. They remind us of the advancements that can result when men and women have the ability and courage to achieve great things.
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By Leigh A on 11-26-03

Uninspired writing

Difficult to recommend. Perhaps as a fact filled primer for further study of their work.
The author writes in a bullet like presentation most of the time. He did, he said, he was, etc. I consistently thought of a high-school report by an uninspired student. As you can imagine in a single book covering these six lives, there is little room for detail, but with so much material it need not be boring.
I found changes in the pronunciation of words to be annoying. It seemed on occasion to be aimed at sounding more auspicious. Perhaps the narrator was also bored.

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By Lifesavr on 09-16-03

Lifesavr

I love audio books and I really enjoyed this one. Though I have heard and/or read several full biographies of some of the scientist in this book I felt the author presented the material in a very compact and interesting format. The author?s theme was, I felt, the struggle most new thoughts have in being accepted and the sacrifice that society demands from our scientist in their attempt to search out the truth. For myself it brought home that these struggles are the same ones that scientist today have to deal with. It was all very enjoyable and thought provoking.

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By Andrew on 02-01-07

Six Great Scientists - Great

I was wrong to assume that this book would be partitioned in a way that each chapter isolated each scientist. The general themes of angst, committment, genius and hardship shone throughout the whole book and I was pleasantly surprised to read about the various impacts and influences between each of the scientists on each other. A thoroughly enjoyable narrative that can reccommend.

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By Rosemary on 01-03-15

Really poor performance by narrator …

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I think the audiobook is let down by the reading…not a good book for anyone as its hard to listen to - read in a monotone.

Would you be willing to try another one of Patrick Cullen’s performances?

NO

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