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Dreams of a Final Theory

The Scientist's Search for the Ultimate Laws of Nature
Narrated by: Stuart Langton
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
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This is the story of a grand scientific quest: the quest for a unifying theory of nature. Writing with dazzling elegance and clarity, Nobel Prize - winning physicist Steven Weinberg retraces the steps that have led modern scientists from relativity theory and quantum mechanics to the notion of superstrings and the idea that our universe may coexist with others. Along the way, he voices the questions that are always present: Why does each explanation of the way nature works point to other, deeper explanations? Why are the best theories not only logical but beautiful? And what implications will a final theory have for our philosophy and religious faith?

Intellectually daring, rich in anecdote and aphorism, Dreams of a Final Theory launches us into a new cosmos and helps us make sense of what we find there.

©1993 Steven Weinberg (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A splendid introduction to the nature and ambitions of modern physics and a brilliant and...moving essay on its philosophical implications." ( San Francisco Chronicle)
"Listening to this audiobook, one feels as if one has entered the classroom of a popular physics professor. With a clear tenor voice, [Langton] never falters in this reading, even when tackling the many difficult physics terms." ( AudioFile)
"This splendid book is as good reading about physics and physicists as this reviewer can name...clear, honest, and brilliantly instructive." ( Scientific American)

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one of the most intelligent books ever written

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

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  • Roy
  • 03-08-2009

Informative

I decided to approach Steven Weinberg's "Dreams of a Final Theory" because it is an area about which I know little. The Audible offering of the book is very good. I seek out books that are well read, well written and informative. This audio volume wins on all three counts.

I came to the book as less than a novice. I caught onto the authors points without a deep understanding of math, E=MC2 or anything of the kind. His chapter, "On a Piece of Chalk," introduced basic principles of Atomic Theory in a clear way. His placement of physics into historical context was particularly helpful.

If you are a novice and would like to learn something new - this may well be worth your time. It was worth the time so far as I was concerned.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-02-2013

If you don't know who he is, look him up

Would you listen to Dreams of a Final Theory again? Why?

yes. it's a great book. It is a tad brief but still enjoyable

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  • Vimar
  • 13-06-2018

Wait for it!

At times it was a little over my head but that is why we read books that challenge us. The last three chapters were pure delight.

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  • Les Ross
  • 22-08-2017

Out of date

Science doesn't stop. Quickly upon starting to listen one is tripped up by statements evidencing that things have moved on and what is being heard acquires the shade of unreliability and being behind the curve.

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  • Jan D. Leslie
  • 04-06-2017

great overview

was a great explanation of the basics and history of particle physics. Written at a level that was challenging to a novice. But still very accessible.

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  • Rohit
  • 31-01-2011

Good Book

This is a nice book and will give the reader a good perspective of what a Final theory needs to be.