What a Wonderful World

  • by Marcus Chown
  • Narrated by Clive Mantle
  • 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Why do we breathe? What is money? How does the brain work? Why did life invent sex? Does time really exist? How does capitalism work - or not, as the case may be? Where do mountains come from? How do computers work? How did humans get to dominate the Earth? Why is there something rather than nothing?
In What a Wonderful World, Marcus Chown, best-selling author of Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You and the Solar System app, uses his vast scientific knowledge and deep understanding of extremely complex processes to answer simple questions about the workings of our everyday lives.
Lucid, witty, and hugely entertaining, it explains the basics of our essential existence, stopping along the way to show us why the Atlantic is widening by a thumbs' length each year and how money permits trade to time travel, why the crucial advantage humans had over Neanderthals was sewing, and why we are all living in a giant hologram.

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What the Critics Say

“Reading a well-written popular science book is one of the great pleasures of modern times, and this guided tour through life, the universe and everything affords that pleasure in abundance.” (Brandon Robshaw, Independent)

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Customer Reviews

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Way too esoteric

Requires a reasonable sophistication in physics to follow all the details. Hardly a primer for the scientifically interested layperson.
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- Arnold

Very informative! Good voice on reader

Very nice, writtten in a way that even laymen can relate to. Worth the money!
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-31-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios