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If you can say the phrase "That's just elementary quantum mechanics" with a straight face, you will probably find this book to be a fun (if somewhat predictable) romp through some amusing "big-think" physics concepts, with an admirable level of rigor. (There's no faster-than-light travel, for example.) If you enjoy playing "what-if" with systems of fundamental laws of physics, you'll probably enjoy the twist that Egan comes up with.
However, if you are a little overwhelmed by phrases like "tetravalent graph", "complex spatial dimension", or "superposition state", you may find this pretty heavy going, with less reward in characterization or plot development. The "hook" of this book is the speculation on its universe, while the characters primarily serve as a vehicle to deliver the reader a tour of the author's vision.
As usual, Paul Boehmer's narration is fine, and he serves up the weighty dish of quantum terminology without breaking a sweat.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Greg Eagan is a programmer, but he sure could fool me into thinking he's a theoretical physicist. Really enjoyed the science.
Was looking forward to listening to more of his books. The ones I'm especially interested in are narrated by Adam Epstein. Mr. Epstein has received some very negative reviews. But I REALLY wanted to listed to those books. I thought, "Well he may not be great, but it can't be so bad that I'd not enjoy the book." Listened to samples. He was WORSE than the reviews. (Sorry, Mr. Epstein.) I couldn't even get through the sample, never mind a book! Terrible. I simply cannot buy those other books. I strongly suggest you don't, either.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Never have I done so much fun research. I found myself being introduced to new mathematical and scientific concepts, these concepts are vast I quickly found.
If you like to learn while being involved in a story, then please get this. If you want to just sit back and relax, this is great too, having a deep and precise understanding of these concepts is not an issue because they are presented in fashion that does not need a 'devout learned experience'.