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  • gilwilson 5:47 PM on March 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: math, multiverse, physics, theory of everything.   

    “Our Mathematical Universe:My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality” By: Max Tegmark 

    19395553Our Mathematical Universe:My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality
    By: Max Tegmark
    Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
    Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
    Release date: 01-07-14
    Publisher: Random House Audio

    What does it all mean? This book doesn’t really try to answer that question, but rather leads the listener/reader in the direction of where that answer may be found. Math. The book also demonstrates how mathematicians, physicists and scientists are looking for that answer. I have always been somewhat fond of math, however it gets boring for me after a while, this book however kept all the information interesting. So much so that I would hate when I had to stop listening.

    Rob Shapiro delivered the audiobook narration without a flaw. His delivery could have easily drifted in to the boring side of education, but he kept it lively.

    Along with the narration by Rob Shapiro the writing by Max Tegmark keeps this book interesting. Just when you start to get lost in theories and such. For the most part Tegmark discusses the Multiverse theory and other bits of Quantam Weirdness, and makes it fun to think about. Now if you are not a math person this may not be for you, but you don’t have to be a physicist or Stephen Hawking to understand let alone have fun with physics. If you are even remotely curious, then jump on this book and enjoy the ride. You will find that many of the theories and ideas discussed may just change your view of reality.

    Publisher’s Summary

    Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present and future, and through the physics, astronomy, and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the ultimate multiverse. In a dazzling combination of both popular and groundbreaking science, he not only helps us grasp his often mind-boggling theories, but he also shares with us some of the often surprising triumphs and disappointments that have shaped his life as a scientist. Fascinating from first to last – this is a book that has already prompted the attention and admiration of some of the most prominent scientists and mathematicians.

    ©2014 Max Tegmark (P)2013 Random House Audio

  • gilwilson 9:05 PM on December 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    “Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles” by Michael Moorcock 

    “Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles”
    by Michael Moorcock
    read by Clive Mantle
    produced by AudioGO/BBC Audiobooks (2010)
    Approx 11 hours

    While anxiously awaiting the Christmas return of Dr. Who on television, I have to get my fix.  This time around I dive into a Dr. Who audiobook that is unlike any other.

    First of all the length.  This one is just about 11 hours where most Dr. Who audiobooks tend to be from one to three hours in length.  So I was strapped in and ready for a good long run.  This story would have easily taken an entire season to run.

    The next feature that makes it unique is the writing.  Michael Moorcock is a well know award winning author of science-fiction and fantasy, and I have heard his name bandied around in sci-fi circles, but I’ve never picked up one of his stories until now.  This story takes the Dr. Who universe and seems to pop it into a more surreal almost absurd series of events that seem to blend the writing styles of Douglas Adams and P.G. Wodehouse.  At times the story is a humorous romp through the multiverse and at others a bit of a humorous whodunit.   Needless to say this is a fun book featuring the 11th Doctor and his companion Amy Pond.

    The reader Clive Mantle does a great job of delivering the story through this audiobook.  In some cases the characters are over the top and Mantle voices them just that way.  From his vocalizations you can nearly picture the faces of the characters.  Superb delivery.

    At times this story reminded me of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” with Amy pod as Alice and the Doctor as the White Rabbit, and there are a couple of hatters that do seem mad.

    In the beginning it at first seems as though the Doctor is out for a bit of sport as he and Amy join the Terraphiles, a group of humans in the far future obsessed with recreating Earth’s distant past and reenacting medieval Earth sports.  By the far future I mean about 50,000 years into the future, so you have to forgive if they get some of the sports wrong.  There’s a version of, I’m thinking Rugby, where the ball is an arrow and the bowmen/archers shoot the arrow and catch it.  I did say they didn’t quite get it right.

    As it turns out, though, the Doctor is trying avoid the collapse of the Multiverse from the mysterious “dark tides” that have begun to appear.  The Doctor and his new friends compete in a Grand Tournament in the Miggea star system, which lies on the border of parallel realities. The prize of the contest is an ancient artifact called the Arrow of Law, sought also by the Doctor’s old foe Captain Cornelius and his crew of space pirates.

    With the multivers on the verge of collapse the Doctor, Amy and the Terraphiles have to team up with the space pirates to try to save all of existence.  With some fun moments, the theft of a gawdy hat, and some strange sports, this is one adventure with the Doctor that you won’t soon forget.

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