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 Auteur(s): Ian Stewart
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We would like to believe we can know things for certain. We want to be able to figure out who will win an election, if the stock market will crash, or if a suspect definitely committed a crime. But the odds are not in our favor. Life is full of uncertainty  indeed, scientific advances indicate that the universe might be fundamentally inexact  and humans are terrible at guessing. When asked to predict the outcome of a chance event, we are almost always wrong.

Something Deeply Hidden
 Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime
 Auteur(s): Sean Carroll
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Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist and one of this world’s most celebrated writers on science, rewrites the history of 20thcentury physics. Already hailed as a masterpiece, Something Deeply Hidden shows for the first time that facing up to the essential puzzle of quantum mechanics utterly transforms how we think about space and time. His reconciling of quantum mechanics with Einstein’s theory of relativity changes, well, everything. Most physicists haven’t even recognized the uncomfortable truth: Physics has been in crisis since 1927.


In another world, this review is much better.
 Écrit par Brad Mills le 20191126

The Joy of x
 A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity
 Auteur(s): Steven Strogatz
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Many people take math in high school and promptly forget much of it. But math plays a part in all of our lives all of the time, whether we know it or not. In The Joy of x, Steven Strogatz expands on his hit New York Times series to explain the big ideas of math gently and clearly, with wit, and insight.

The Case Against Reality
 Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes
 Auteur(s): Donald Hoffman
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Challenging leading scientific theories that claim that our senses report back objective reality, cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman argues that while we should take our perceptions seriously, we should not take them literally. How can it be possible that the world we see is not objective reality? And how can our senses be useful if they are not communicating the truth? Hoffman grapples with these questions and more over the course of this eyeopening work.


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Until the End of Time
 Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe
 Auteur(s): Brian Greene
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Until the End of Time is Brian Greene's breathtaking new exploration of the cosmos and our quest to understand it. Greene takes us on a journey across time, from our most refined understanding of the universe's beginning, to the closest science can take us to the very end. He explores how life and mind emerged from the initial chaos, and how our minds, in coming to understand their own impermanence, seek in different ways to give meaning to experience

The Emperor's New Mind
 Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics
 Auteur(s): Roger Penrose
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In this absorbing and frequently contentious book, Roger Penrose puts forward his view that there are some facets of human thinking that can never be emulated by a machine. The book's central concern is what philosophers call the "mindbody problem". Penrose examines what physics and mathematics can tell us about how the mind works, what they can't, and what we need to know to understand the physical processes of consciousness.

Do Dice Play God?
 The Mathematics of Uncertainty
 Auteur(s): Ian Stewart
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 Durée: 10 h et 12 min
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We would like to believe we can know things for certain. We want to be able to figure out who will win an election, if the stock market will crash, or if a suspect definitely committed a crime. But the odds are not in our favor. Life is full of uncertainty  indeed, scientific advances indicate that the universe might be fundamentally inexact  and humans are terrible at guessing. When asked to predict the outcome of a chance event, we are almost always wrong.

Something Deeply Hidden
 Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime
 Auteur(s): Sean Carroll
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 Durée: 10 h et 9 min
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Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist and one of this world’s most celebrated writers on science, rewrites the history of 20thcentury physics. Already hailed as a masterpiece, Something Deeply Hidden shows for the first time that facing up to the essential puzzle of quantum mechanics utterly transforms how we think about space and time. His reconciling of quantum mechanics with Einstein’s theory of relativity changes, well, everything. Most physicists haven’t even recognized the uncomfortable truth: Physics has been in crisis since 1927.


In another world, this review is much better.
 Écrit par Brad Mills le 20191126

The Joy of x
 A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity
 Auteur(s): Steven Strogatz
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 Durée: 6 h et 9 min
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Many people take math in high school and promptly forget much of it. But math plays a part in all of our lives all of the time, whether we know it or not. In The Joy of x, Steven Strogatz expands on his hit New York Times series to explain the big ideas of math gently and clearly, with wit, and insight.

The Case Against Reality
 Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes
 Auteur(s): Donald Hoffman
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Challenging leading scientific theories that claim that our senses report back objective reality, cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman argues that while we should take our perceptions seriously, we should not take them literally. How can it be possible that the world we see is not objective reality? And how can our senses be useful if they are not communicating the truth? Hoffman grapples with these questions and more over the course of this eyeopening work.


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Until the End of Time
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 Auteur(s): Brian Greene
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Until the End of Time is Brian Greene's breathtaking new exploration of the cosmos and our quest to understand it. Greene takes us on a journey across time, from our most refined understanding of the universe's beginning, to the closest science can take us to the very end. He explores how life and mind emerged from the initial chaos, and how our minds, in coming to understand their own impermanence, seek in different ways to give meaning to experience

The Emperor's New Mind
 Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics
 Auteur(s): Roger Penrose
 Narrateur(s): Julian Elfer
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In this absorbing and frequently contentious book, Roger Penrose puts forward his view that there are some facets of human thinking that can never be emulated by a machine. The book's central concern is what philosophers call the "mindbody problem". Penrose examines what physics and mathematics can tell us about how the mind works, what they can't, and what we need to know to understand the physical processes of consciousness.

How Not to Be Wrong
 The Power of Mathematical Thinking
 Auteur(s): Jordan Ellenberg
 Narrateur(s): Jordan Ellenberg
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Ellenberg chases mathematical threads through a vast range of time and space, from the everyday to the cosmic, encountering, among other things, baseball, Reaganomics, daring lottery schemes, Voltaire, the replicability crisis in psychology, Italian Renaissance painting, artificial languages, the development of nonEuclidean geometry, the coming obesity apocalypse, Antonin Scalia's views on crime and punishment, the psychology of slime molds, what Facebook can and can't figure out about you, and the existence of God.


Everyone should think like this.
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Chaos
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 Auteur(s): James Gleick
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James Gleick explains the theories behind the fascinating new science called chaos. Alongside relativity and quantum mechanics, it is being hailed as the 20th century's third revolution.


This will blow your god dam mind
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The Information
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James Gleick, the author of the best sellers Chaos and Genius, brings us his crowning work: a revelatory chronicle that shows how information has become the modern era’s defining quality—the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world.


So, hear me out...
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Humble Pi
 When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World
 Auteur(s): Matt Parker
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Exploring and explaining a litany of glitches, near misses, and mathematical mishaps involving the internet, big data, elections, street signs, lotteries, the Roman Empire, and an Olympic team, Matt Parker uncovers the bizarre ways math trips us up, and what this reveals about its essential place in our world. Getting it wrong has never been more fun.


Just like watching YouTube. Very entertaining.
 Écrit par Christa White le 20200222

A Most Elegant Equation
 Euler’s Formula and the Beauty of Mathematics
 Auteur(s): David Stipp
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Bertrand Russell wrote that mathematics can exalt "as surely as poetry". This is especially true of one equation: ei(pi) + 1 = 0, the brainchild of Leonhard Euler, the Mozart of mathematics. More than two centuries after Euler's death, it is still regarded as a conceptual diamond of unsurpassed beauty. Called Euler's identity, or God's equation, it includes just five numbers but represents an astonishing revelation of hidden connections.


Demstifying
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The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved
 How Mathematical Genius Discovered the Language of Symmetry
 Auteur(s): Mario Livio
 Narrateur(s): Tom Parks
 Durée: 11 h et 45 min
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For thousands of years mathematicians solved progressively more difficult algebraic equations, until they encountered the quintic equation, which resisted solution for three centuries. Working independently, two prodigies ultimately proved that the quintic cannot be solved by a simple formula. The first popular account of the mathematics of symmetry and order, The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved is told not through abstract formulas but in a beautifully written and dramatic account of the lives and work of some of the greatest and most intriguing mathematicians in history.

Einstein's Unfinished Revolution
 The Search for What Lies Beyond the Quantum
 Auteur(s): Lee Smolin
 Narrateur(s): Katharine Lee McEwan
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A daring new vision of quantum theory from one of the leading minds of contemporary physics. In Einstein's Unfinished Revolution, theoretical physicist Lee Smolin provocatively argues that the problems that have bedeviled quantum physics since its inception are unsolved and unsolvable, for the simple reason that the theory is incomplete.


Fantastic, interesting, inspiring.
 Écrit par Utilisateur anonyme le 20190709

Fermat's Last Theorem
 The Story of a Riddle That Confounded the World's Greatest Minds for 358 Years
 Auteur(s): Simon Singh
 Narrateur(s): David Rintoul
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'I have a truly marvellous demonstration of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain.' It was with these words, written in the 1630s, that Pierre de Fermat intrigued and infuriated the mathematics community. For over 350 years, proving Fermat's Last Theorem was the most notorious unsolved mathematical problem, a puzzle whose basics most children could grasp but whose solution eluded the greatest minds in the world.

The Deep History of Ourselves
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 Auteur(s): Joseph LeDoux
 Narrateur(s): Fred Sanders
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Renowned neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux digs into the natural history of life on earth to provide a new perspective on the similarities between us and our ancestors in deep time. This pauseresisting survey of the whole of terrestrial evolution sheds new light on how nervous systems evolved in animals, how the brain developed, and what it means to be human. In The Deep History of Ourselves, LeDoux argues that the key to understanding human behavior lies in viewing evolution through the prism of the first living organisms.

Sync
 How Order Emerges from Chaos in the Universe, Nature, and Daily Life
 Auteur(s): Steven Strogatz
 Narrateur(s): Kevin T. Collins
 Durée: 13 h et 58 min
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At once elegant and riveting, Sync tells the story of the dawn of a new science. Steven Strogatz, a leading mathematician in the fields of chaos and complexity theory, explains how enormous systems can synchronize themselves, from the electrons in a superconductor to the pacemaker cells in our hearts. He shows that although these phenomena might seem unrelated on the surface, at a deeper level there is a connection, forged by the unifying power of mathematics.


Actual food for thought
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The Shape of a Life
 One Mathematician’s Search for the Universe’s Hidden Geometry
 Auteur(s): ShingTung Yau, Steve Nadis
 Narrateur(s): Arthur Morey
 Durée: 12 h et 58 min
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Harvard geometer and Fields medalist ShingTung Yau has provided a mathematical foundation for string theory, offered new insights into black holes, and mathematically demonstrated the stability of our universe. In this autobiography, Yau reflects on his improbable journey to becoming one of the world’s most distinguished mathematicians. With complicated ideas explained for a broad audience, listeners not only get insights into the life of an eminent mathematician, but also an accessible way to understand advanced and highly abstract concepts in mathematics and theoretical physics.

Euclid's Window
 The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace
 Auteur(s): Leonard Mlodinow
 Narrateur(s): Robert Blumenfeld
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Through Euclid's Window Leonard Mlodinow brilliantly and delightfully leads us on a journey through five revolutions in geometry, from the Greek concept of parallel lines to the latest notions of hyperspace. Here is an altogether new, refreshing, alternative history of math revealing how simple questions anyone might ask about space  in the living room or in some other galaxy  have been the hidden engine of the highest achievements in science and technology.
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Without calculus, we wouldn't have cell phones, TV, GPS, or ultrasound. We wouldn't have unraveled DNA or discovered Neptune or figured out how to put 5,000 songs in your pocket.
Though many of us were scared away from this essential, engrossing subject in high school and college, Steven Strogatz's brilliantly creative, downtoearth history shows that calculus is not about complexity; it's about simplicity. It harnesses an unreal number  infinity  to tackle real world problems, breaking them down into easier ones and then reassembling the answers into solutions that feel miraculous.
Infinite Powers recounts how calculus tantalized and thrilled its inventors, starting with its first glimmers in ancient Greece and bringing us right up to the discovery of gravitational waves. Strogatz reveals how this form of math rose to the challenges of each age: how to determine the area of a circle with only sand and a stick; how to explain why Mars goes "backwards" sometimes; how to turn the tide in the fight against AIDS.
As Strogatz proves, calculus is truly the language of the universe. By unveiling the principles of that language, Infinite Powers makes us marvel at the world anew.
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 20191109
Narration borders on unlistenable
It's challenging to give this a fair review. The text clearly included jokes and whimsical passages, but it was virtually impossible to appreciate these given the narration. The narration borders on unlistenable.

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 20190905
Elegant, clear, cutting edge.
If you're curious, but mathematically hopeless, this is splendid. I found the opening overview particularly illuminating, but throughout it joins history, to biography, to physics, to math in a clear but not condescending manner.
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 Anonymous
 20190905
Great for those learning calculus
I'm in differential equations right now this is a good overview of the theories of calculus and covers aspects missed in lectures
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 A Reader in Maine
 20200221
Fascinating Book, but...
As someone who has taught calculus, I found this book quite fascinating. I am not so sure that someone who stopped at, say, high school algebra would get that much out of it. Also, I think this is a book quite ill suited to listening. I will probably buy the hard copy and read it again. It is very hard to follow equations read out loud, even when I know what is coming.
This book gave me several new insights to bring into my teaching.

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 M. McCreary
 20200210
Read the book
This is a great discussion of the development and use of calculus, but if you're not comfortable with the topic, the audiobook isn't the best way to read it. The narrator does a great job, but with so many equations in the text, it's just easier to read the hard copy.

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 J. Gudger
 20200130
Great overbiew
I'm not a math person by trade although I do enjoy mathematics. This book is a great way to get a wide breadth idea of the history of calculus. I suggest this book to anyone who kind of wants to know about the math without getting too into the Weeds about how to do it. Beautifully written and excellently narrated.

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 Timothy S.
 20200124
Infinitely Awesome! So much fun.
Missing insight on eastern math is meaningless compared to the tale of modern infinities.
Fun listen on headphones but some pencil and paper moments when a peek at the math is required.

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 Tyler
 20191229
Beautiful
As a young newly inspired fellow, I’ve been surprisingly driven to read and listen to such books as Strogatz’s here. It gorgeously weaves often difficult to imagine notions of mathematics into a web of relevance.
I am registered to take calculus in the next semester, and could not have imagined a better primer. I’m hooked. I am craving to learn more, and this book has teased the desire for advancement to an incredible degree. I’ve listed this book as one I must return to after actually learning to DO the calculus he dances around. But until then, I have only dreamy things to say about the book.
Narration is wonderful. As with any scientific / mathematic audio, there are tedious portions where it becomes difficult to follow given the nature of embedding equations and proofs into paragraphs. But this is, to me, apparent and obvious. I like to consider the portions of technical speak as a challenge to myself whether I can follow. I’ll repeat it several times until I understand or decide I’m not quite studied enough to understand more deeply than I do.
Mathematics is a language of translating “reality” into symbols and back again, judging their synergy along the way. To expect a book on mathematics NOT to contain technical paragraphs, is a mistake. I loved them.
If you are reading reviews looking for fuel to motivate your own decision, do it.
Especially if you are willing to be curious.
If you would like to learn.
And if you want to explore the universe, mathematics is nestled amongst the best available tools to do so.
Dive in. Enjoy.

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 TJ Granack
 20190917
Disappointing
William Gilbert, not Galileo Galilei, wrote the first book to use scientific method. It's called De Magnete, published in 1600, Kind of a famous treatise. (There's an original copy at the SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention in their permanent Dawn of the Electrical Age Exhibit, Bellingham, WA.)
Minor inaccuracies like this made the book irritating and ultimately unreadable. Perhaps this book is intended for beginners uninterested in specifics (Galileo is a more easily recognizable & memorable nameand perhaps the author thought it too confusing for readers to get the whole Galileo, Kepler & Gilbert thing right.) You'd think a book on mathmatics would be more accurate and less interested in shaving corners to make a point.
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 Dillird
 20200105
No more pc revisionism pls
Was it the "Islamic Arabs" who made innovations in algebra? or the pre Islamic Persians? Appears to be more historical revisionism, here. I'm also tired of the perpetuation of the Einstein myth. The man was a fraud who stole his ideas from German scientists who came up with them long before Saint Einstein broke onto the scene.
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 Todd
 20190920
Lots of rehash
A lot of what's in here has already been covered elsewhere. It didn't really bring up anything new. If you're an engineer, no need to read this.
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