13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries

  • by Michael Brooks
  • Narrated by Matt Addis
  • 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Science starts to get interesting when things don't make sense. Even today, there are experimental results that the most brilliant scientists can neither explain nor dismiss. In the past, similar anomalies have revolutionised our world: in the 16th century, a set of celestial irregularities led Copernicus to realise that the Earth goes around the sun and not the reverse.
In 13 Things That Don't Make Sense, Michael Brooks meets 13 modern-day anomalies that may become tomorrow's breakthroughs.
Is 96%of the universe missing? If no study has ever been able to definitively show that the placebo effect works, why has it become a pillar of medical science? Was the 1977 signal from outer space a transmission from an alien civilization? Spanning fields from chemistry to cosmology, psychology to physics, Michael Brooks thrillingly captures the excitement and controversy of the scientific unknown.

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Really interesting listen!

I would thoroughly recommend this audiobook. It was interesting, fairly balanced and used a rigorous scientific approach to look at some of the more interesting unsolved questions in science.

However, I do feel that some level of basic understanding of science and the scientific process would be helpful for those listening to this. The author pitches this at a reasonably high level.

The narrator is very good and reads this well.

Overall, a pleasure - particularly for those of us with a scientific background or an enquiring turn of mind.
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- Lillian R Sandeman

Superbly Read

At last a book that has taught me the difference between Dark Matter and Dark Energy! This is a book that really brings to life some complicated and difficult areas of scientific understanding. I think it is pitched at a good level, you might not understand all of it (I certainly didn't, some of the mathmatical reasoning went beyond me), but it does not detract from the overall enjoyment.

It is not all quantum theory, there are lots of biological ideas as well as phiosophical ones. It is also really well read by Matt Addis, beautifully paced and clear. Highly recommended.
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- Mark Jones

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-02-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios