The Lightness of Being

  • by Frank Wilczek
  • Narrated by Walter Dixon
  • 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Our understanding of nature's deepest reality has changed radically, but almost without our noticing, over the past 25 years. Transcending the clash of older ideas about matter and space, acclaimed physicist Frank Wilczek explains a remarkable new discovery: matter is built from almost weightless units, and pure energy is the ultimate source of mass. He calls it "The Lightness of Being." Space is no mere container, empty and passive. It is a dynamic grid, modern ether, and its spontaneous activity creates and destroys particles. This new understanding of mass explains the puzzling feebleness of gravity, and a gorgeous unification of all the forces comes sharply into focus. The Lightness of Being is the first book to explore the implications of these revolutionary ideas about mass, energy, and the nature of empty space. In it, Wilczek masterfully presents new perspectives on our incredible universe and envisions a new golden age of fundamental physics.

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excellent subjects with well re-inforced messages

If you could sum up The Lightness of Being in three words, what would they be?

A well thought out book that leads you through difficult concepts
in an engaging way.

The author often refers back to previous sections and links
the current topic using contextual historical references.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It would be a bit long for that!


Any additional comments?

I would listen to it again.

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- P. Basker

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-01-2014
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC