At the Edge of Uncertainty

  • by Michael Brooks
  • Narrated by Sean Runnette
  • 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The best-selling author of Free Radicals takes listeners on a whirlwind tour of the most controversial areas of modern science.
The atom, the big bang, DNA, natural selection - all are ideas that have revolutionized science; and all were dismissed out of hand when they first appeared. The surprises haven't stopped in recent years, and in At the Edge of Uncertainty, best-selling author Michael Brooks investigates the new wave of radical insights that are shaping the future of scientific discovery.
Brooks takes us to the extreme frontiers of what we understand about the world. He journeys from the observations that might rewrite our story of how the cosmos came to be, through the novel biology behind our will to live, and on to the physiological root of consciousness. Along the way, he examines how it's time to redress the gender imbalance in clinical trials, explores how merging humans with other species might provide a solution to the shortage of organ donors, and finds out whether the universe really is like a computer or if the flow of time is a mere illusion.


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All smoke, no fire

I get it. You're not going to have a ton of solid evidence if you're looking at things beyond the current understanding of science. But you should have a lot of evidence that has lead you to explore them and has given you a degree of certainty that we are on the verge of breakthroughs in them.

Unfortunately this book doesn't. It simply uses developing areas of science as a launchpad to go hog wild prurporting old crackpot ideas as plausible explanations. Most are not only junk science, but honestly not even very imaginative either.

There were so many ideas put forth as "new" thinking that were just plain tired old hypotheses that have all been more or less picked over for years.

And the narrator... Awe, GAWD. Think of Dick Cheney with braces. If I heard his Jim Carey tooth whistle one more more time, I'd have torn my ears off.


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- Kenton "Middle-aged, married dad of two, living in Northern Burbs of Chicago. Hard Sci Fi addict, and lover of great storytelling. Almost all of my reading is now in audio format."

why do they hire these awful readers? i

i dom't understand how someone reading can be so dissociated from the material. they might as well just have it read by a computer program.
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- Justine F.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-12-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.