Dreams of a Final Theory

  • by Steven Weinberg
  • Narrated by Stuart Langton
  • 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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Entertaining, different

This is a bit of a pot pourri of a book that discusses amongst other things science, the scientific method, politics and religion all in the context of the quest for the Final Theory and it's importance to humankind.

The book does this in a way that is entertaining, (unsurprisingly) highly intelligent, blunt and at times very funny. The authors personality is highly apparent in the book and (to me) the reader for the audio version was a very good match. It moves along at a clip and I would guess for most people would demand a fair amount of concentration to follow (it did for me anyway).

It's not a beginners guide, but if you do have a reasonable acquaintance/interest in physics and cosmology and would like to see it from an unusual and entertaining angle, then this book/recording does this very well.
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- shufflingB

Good Material

I do agree with the other reviewer about the reader but, personally I felt that the material was great.
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- Rohit

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-04-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.