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Understanding the Misconceptions of Science

Narrated by: Don Lincoln
Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
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Consider these commonly held scientific beliefs: Planetary orbits are fixed ellipses; we only use 10 percent of our brains; nothing travels faster than light; a thrown object’s trajectory is a parabola. They seem correct, but they’re all misconceptions that aren’t entirely accurate. There’s much more to the story than you think. 

These magnificent 24 lectures are devoted to busting myths, clearing up confusion, and giving you scientific epiphanies that could change how you think about your everyday world. You’ll explore shocking truths about some of science’s most well-known - and often controversial - concepts, including the physics of flight, black holes, quantum mechanics, and even the possibility of extraterrestrial life. 

Delivered with insight, clarity, and a healthy dose of humor, Professor Lincoln’s scientific epiphanies will have you rethinking what you know - or thought you knew - about the world of science. Learn to see matter not as simple spheres but force fields. Discover why most human characteristics aren’t governed by a single gene. Examine why astronauts in the International Space Station aren’t in zero gravity but free fall. And those are just a few. 

These lectures are, above all, about awareness and respect for what an immense undertaking scientific inquiry and experimentation is. Regardless of where you are in your own scientific adventures, they’ll empower you with not just good science, but better science. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-08-07

great story

alot of material glanced at. title is true to what it is. one thing is the repeating himself to make the book longer. ... also the audio quality when recording could have been better.

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  • Pierre Gauthier
  • 2019-07-01

Diasppointing!

In this series of 24 lectures, Professor Don Lincoln sets out to correct various commonly held misconceptions regarding science. He covers a very wide array of subjects, from orbital motion to Carbon-14 dating to quantum mechanics.

There is no question that Professor Lincoln is knowledgeable and fascinated with science.

Sadly however, the lecture series falls somewhat flat for a variety of reasons:

• No apparent logical order for the various topics presented, except perhaps to surprise the listener;
• Lectures geared towards the video version which leave the audio listener at loss … especially if he is driving a car and cannot access the visuals and equations that can be found ‘in the guidebook’;
• An awkward relationship with mathematics as something necessary … but not for those who are not comfortable with them;
• Multiples repetitions from one lecture to another;
• Frequent recourse to worn out humour, for instance touching Professor Lincoln’s cat or his own weight;
• An absurd ‘humanized’ treatment of black holes with a man stretched as he approaches one;
• A depressing and dismal view for the theory of everything, envisioned a thousand years in the future, just as atomic theory was devised by Ancient Greeks but only proved some hundred years ago (!?!).

Overall, it appears best to pass on this offering.