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New Scientist: The Origin of (Almost) Everything

From the Big Bang to Belly-button Fluff
Narrated by: David Thorpe
Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Does Anything Eat Wasps? meets Information Is Beautiful: a journey through life, the universe and everything. From what actually happened in the big bang to the accidental discovery of Post-it notes, science is packed with surprising discoveries.

Did you know, for instance, that if you were to get too close to a black hole it would suck you up like a noodle (it's called spaghettification), why your keyboard is laid out in QWERTY (it's not to make it easier to type) or whether the invention of the wheel was less important to civilisation than the bag (think about it)? New Scientist does.

And now they want to take you on a whistle-stop journey from the start of our universe (through the history of stars, galaxies, meteorites, the moon and dark energy) to our planet (through oceans and weather to oil) and life (through dinosaurs to emotions and sex) to civilisation (from cities to alcohol and cooking) and knowledge (from alphabets to alchemy), ending up with technology (computers to rocket science). Witty essays explore concepts that zoom from how many people have ever lived to showing you how a left-wing brain differs from a right-wing one.

©2017 New Scientist (P)2017 John Murray Press

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Fascinating and a lot of fun

If you could sum up New Scientist: The Origin of (Almost) Everything in three words, what would they be?

It’s a well-written explanation of a wide range of topics. Competently narrated, I look forward to NS doing a second volume.

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  • kemar simpson
  • 25-07-2017

Its all over the place

Would you listen to New Scientist: The Origin of (Almost) Everything again? Why?

there is no proper format one minute talking about the birth universe the other belly button fluff there are plenty of similar books. This book was not meant for audio the sections are written like magazine articles.

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  • Glen W. Stinnett
  • 23-10-2018

BIG BANG TO GLOBAL WARMING

We have participated in one of Earth’s most revealing and wonderful centuries. The apocalypse is yet to occur. Bye for now Glen ;-)

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  • Mr J R Milnes
  • 02-11-2018

Coffee table science reading

The book is ok, it's really a very basic overview of scientific theories and opinions. I found the constant misprunounciations of scientific terms quite annoying. The book jumps from subject to subject with no apparent link and this gives a very scattergun feel to the book. The author makes some very basic assumptions as if they're indeed fact, the chapter on genetic politics is unintentionally hilarious. If you read science books regularly give this one a miss. There may be the occasional morsel of information that you can chew on but the rest of the literary meal is so bland and underdone that it's not worth it.

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  • Kerry Hamer
  • 09-06-2018

5*

Hooked from start to finish - I very much enjoyed this book. I would definitely recommend

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-04-2019

highly enjoyable

should be a part of every curriculum. would go easily say more rewarding than any religious document.

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  • Logan
  • 07-06-2018

very enjoyable

excellent narrative and overall very enjoyable book. highly recommended for science enthusiast, lots of details and variation