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A series of essays that read like an ode to science. Good poetry makes you feel your way to understanding, and these essays let you understand by feeling and just gives enough to whet you curiosity on the topic and give you further ideas for further listening.
This book would make a great first science book for the listener since it covers wide areas of science by making the listener feel the topic but not enough to fully understand or assimilate. As for me, the book makes a great last book in science to listen to because it summarizes superbly the 100 or so science books I've listened to (and reviewed) over the last 3 years. Now, I finally realize it's time for me to move on to other kinds of books to discover about our place in the universe.
One of the narrators of this book, Peter Berkrot, read "Confessions of a Crap Artist". You know it's a great narrator when your mind goes back to something he had read (over six months ago) and you give the narrator that personality he had from the other book. That character in "Crap Artist" makes the truly bizarre the normal, and his reading of the strange in science by making it normal made the listening experience all the more enjoyable.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I thought the premise of the book was excellent - ask various luminaries of the academic world about the scientific theory they find to be most beautiful or elegant
The trouble is
1 ) About 1/3 of the responses are about Darwin's theory of evolution (making it repetitive)
2 ) I found it a bit lacking in genuine insight. Its like asking a load of guitarists what their favourite guitar solo is.... they will all have one, but might not be able to articulate why it affects them so deeply, or where its beauty lies - even thought they know it well. .Thats what I find in this book
Overall it was OK, but fell far short of my expectations!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
this book is good for drives, waiting in line, bathroom, falling asleep and maybe even regular reading.
every answer is a gem.
every answer can be read many times over.
but don't fooled. you need serious concentration to understand most answers. which makes it all the more fun.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Very occasionally there is an interesting story in this book. Mostly this is a book full of intellectual ramblings by overeducated people trying to sound poetic.
Most stories are meaningless and left me feeling like I was marking random university exam papers.
This book explains nothing...... not everything.