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This is better than any textbook

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Reviewed: 28-07-2019

Genuinely crammed with essential knowledge, and reads in a surprisingly lively style. Simple but comprehensive and not at all gloomy. A must read.

Hard physics and flowery in equal measure

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Reviewed: 22-06-2018

Highly memorable, though sometimes very meandering. Rovelli is unlike any other writer of physics. An extremely confronting exploration of physical reality and the human condition. The first two sections contain all the important and cosmos-shattering assertions about the emergence of time from stranger underlying structures. The last few chapters were too poetic for my liking. Benedict obviously enjoyed narrating this book.

one of the most intelligent books ever written

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Reviewed: 25-05-2018

not that I've read all of them... a highly elegant summary of the way the best physicists think about the world.

Mindblowing

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Reviewed: 16-11-2016

Wait till the last lecture. If that doesn't blow your mind, nothing will. I'm glad to be fortunate enough to have lived this long to hear this series, no kidding.

Mind-blowing tour de force

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Reviewed: 07-11-2016

What made the experience of listening to The Beginning of Infinity the most enjoyable?

The sheer force of Deutsch's arguments.

What did you like best about this story?

The number of times the author produced a brilliant, original, and convincing explanation for some important physical / human phenomenon.

Which character – as performed by Walter Dixon – was your favourite?

David Deutsch

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. Although I skipped some chapters that weren't as important as others.

Any additional comments?

This book is breathtaking in its scope, originality and humanist spirit. It was fantastic to listen to so many ground-breaking ideas that I, already an scientifically-minded atheist, had never conceived before.

The underlying message — that there IS an objective reality and that modern society is fortunate enough to find itself at the "beginning of infinity" towards exploring it — is beautifully optimistic and highly convincing. There is no shortage of rebellious but rigorous thinking in this book and Deutsch explains most of his ideas deeply and openly. Each chapter has a "gotcha" moment (although some chapters have several and some only have one or two).

A perfectly understated narrator, as well. An essential read for all intelligent agents.

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An entertaining overview of physical history

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Reviewed: 04-08-2016

Incessantly interesting and a near perfect balance of the anecdotal and technical. I expected slightly more humour, but this is more about information than narrative.