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Dirk Bertels

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inspiring

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Reviewed: 12-06-2020

Excellent book, well narrated. Lots of anecdotes I haven't heard before, even with my keen interest in maths. Just would have been great if a PDF was provided with a brief overview of the actual math sections involving math notation. Steven Strogatz is an inspiring writer, I do recommend his other books as well.

Good narrator - Terrible science

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Reviewed: 25-07-2018

Genuine science lovers would do well reading https://www.metabunk.org/debunked-bruce-lipton-and-the-biology-of-belief.t1003/ before embarking on this book. Dr Lipton is a pseudo-scientist, who uses his excellent narrating skills trying to convince people of his opinions. As 'developmental biologist' he has little regard of evolution. You expect him to scream out 'intelligent design' after every sentence. He shows little understanding of physics, regarding atoms consisting of 'energy whirls' and comparing cell membranes to 'gated crystals like in CPU chips'. He writes books with titles like 'Cancer is curable NOW'!. He has been a speaker at the Institute of 'Noetic Sciences' - which says something. What gets me is that 47 people rated him a mean of 94%! Dr Lipton, who is an excellent speaker, uses his skills to attract people that are obviously ignorant of true science and the intrinsic beauty it conveys. The immense body of scientific knowledge we have accumulated so far, far outranks Dr Lipton's 'new age' material.

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Great book, great listening experience.

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Reviewed: 02-09-2017

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Dawkin's 'Selfish Gene' is of course one of the great science publications of the decade. But it is surprisingly easy to listen to. Dawkins has a passionate and articulate voice, as does Lala Ward, though the constant changing between the 2 voices can be distracting. At the end of the book, Dawkins refers to his favourite publication 'The Extended Phenotype' which I discovered is accessible freely online as pdf (hope this is legitimate). A must read!

Great analysis of Bach's music

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Reviewed: 02-09-2017

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Prof. Greenberg is a great performer himself - passionate and knowledgeable. He does an extensive analysis on a narrow but vital selection of Bach's music. Not being keen on opera and recitative, he managed to warm me to it in the St Mathew Passion, and not being keen on the harpsichord, I was relieved his extensive talk on the Goldberg Variations used the piano.
However, I was dismayed at his lack of acknowledgement to the performers. His referring to the amazing performer of these Goldberg Variations for example, deserved more than 'the pianist...'!

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Inspiring

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Reviewed: 21-03-2017

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I came to this book after listening to D. in conversation with another great communicator, Sam Harris. This book brings nuance to certain words and concepts, enriching your language and hence your thinking. I find myself using 'having reach' for example instead of the more cumbersome 'has extent to universalise'. I like his observation that good science needs to be 'explanatory' and how creativity has the capacity to create new 'explanations'.

Excellent book, I had to listen to it twice, the second time much easier since I had become accustomed to the new language.

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