13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries

  • by Michael Brooks
  • Narrated by Matt Addis
  • 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Science starts to get interesting when things don't make sense. Even today, there are experimental results that the most brilliant scientists can neither explain nor dismiss. In the past, similar anomalies have revolutionised our world: in the 16th century, a set of celestial irregularities led Copernicus to realise that the Earth goes around the sun and not the reverse.
In 13 Things That Don't Make Sense, Michael Brooks meets 13 modern-day anomalies that may become tomorrow's breakthroughs.
Is 96%of the universe missing? If no study has ever been able to definitively show that the placebo effect works, why has it become a pillar of medical science? Was the 1977 signal from outer space a transmission from an alien civilization? Spanning fields from chemistry to cosmology, psychology to physics, Michael Brooks thrillingly captures the excitement and controversy of the scientific unknown.


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Too much non-science for my taste.

I found myself rolling my eyes, quite a few times while listening to this. While talk of homeopathic succussion might be slightly interesting for a couple minutes, the author streched it out till it hurt. And he has an interesting take on cold fussion, but hardly a convincing story that anything about it was real. I found myself wanting to scream that scientists need to be held accountable for thier claims. If cold fusion appeared to happen, but could not be reliably reproduced, then that is what needs to be reported.

If the title of this book appeals to you, I'd recommend you check out "Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You" or "Death by Black Hole".
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- Robert Patterson

If you want science dont bother

What would have made 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries better?

Unfortunately the author does not seem to understand the "Scientific Method"

What do you think your next listen will be?

David Deutsch "The beginning of infinity"

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


Any additional comments?

The concept of the book is fine. Unfortunately it seems to have been written by someone without any science education. It rambles along with vagaries and then degenerates into an advertising promotion for Homeopathy

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- lostindenmark

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-11-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios