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This work is available only in audio format, so it sof a performance than a book It provides a quick and easy description of the thought process followed by Einstein in development of the theory of special relativity and then later the theory of general relativity It s only two and a half hours long, so it only requires a modest investment of time to listen to it The information is presented in as easy to understand way as possible, so I recommend it to anyone who has difficulty accepti This work is available only in audio format, so it sof a performance than a book It provides a quick and easy description of the thought process followed by Einstein in development of the theory of special relativity and then later the theory of general relativity It s only two and a half hours long, so it only requires a modest investment of time to listen to it The information is presented in as easy to understand way as possible, so I recommend it to anyone who has difficulty accepting the concept of time and space being variable while the speed of light is constant I suspect people who claim they understand relativity are not being completely honest I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it, and I should probably give itthan three stars But three stars for me means that I liked it, so I m still reasonably consistent This is a very short narrative chock full of interesting quotes from Albert Einstein and his contemporaries about his rise and fall, as it were It doesn t go into too much detail about the physics but there are enough explanations to help anyone follow along and instead traces a tragic narrative arc of a brilliant young man who split open the universe in an unparalleled at least since Newton act of scientific genius, but who never after that recovered the heights he had once trod Instead, This is a very short narrative chock full of interesting quotes from Albert Einstein and his contemporaries about his rise and fall, as it were It doesn t go into too much detail about the physics but there are enough explanations to help anyone follow along and instead traces a tragic narrative arc of a brilliant young man who split open the universe in an unparalleled at least since Newton act of scientific genius, but who never after that recovered the heights he had once trod Instead, he stumbled first with the adoption of the cosmological constant and then with his failure as told in this book to adopt the new mathematical tools and theories of quantum mechanics.I m not sure I really believe this narrative In Spooky Action at a Distance, George Musser made a convincing argument to me that the historical reading of the Einstein Bohr war is all wrong He wrote that Bohr s victory had much to do with social factors Whereas Einstein was, by his own admission, a loner, Bohr was a father figure who inspired intense loyalty He and his acolytes wrote nearly all of the early accounts of the debates They naturally stressed Bohr s contributions and played down Einstein sHe also wrote that Only in the past two decades have historians such as Arthur Fine dug through correspondence from the period, showed the daring of Einstein s thinking and restored his good name That book Spooky Action at a Distance is mostly about nonlocality, and it shows that Einstein s concerns were valid Instead of an irrelevant old dinosaur with the misfortune to live to see his own obsolescence which is very much the dominant narrative and certainly the narrative in Light Falls , Musser makes the case that Einstein Bohr debate was actually just an avatar of a perpetual conflict between magic and mechanism, with Bohr playing the magical role and Einstein the mechanical As Musser writes Magical ideas sound dreamy to modern scientists, but, frankly, so do many of the models put forward by mechanists such as Democritus and Descartes In both cases, what was important in the long term was the general mental framework Mechanical models emphasize nature s transparency, magical ones its mystery Mechanical models are reductionist, magical ones holistic Historically, Western culture has seesawed back and forth between these complementary points of view The magical perspective enchants people with the thrill of the forbidden, loses its appeal as people start to wonder what they ve been smoking, regains it as rationalists get cocky and claim they can purge the world of mystery, and so it continues even today This cycle has been a driving force in scientific revolutions, and some historians see traces of it in the Bohn Einstein debates, with Einstein arguing for the rational comprehensibility of the universe and Bohr for its ultimate incomprehensibility.So in the end I was happy to listen to this little book I also enjoy having some of the basic thought experiments of relativity explained to me again because they are slippery and always fall out of my brain And this I should not this book had the best explanation for what we mean by warped spacetime that I ve ever read But mostly I just liked the juicy, verbatim quotes For a serious interpretation of Einstein s life and work, I m going to stick with less dramatic andtechnical works What an excellent little book Perfect for audio listening It s the story of Einstein s great insight which led to the discovery of special and general relativity What an amazing thought process and discovery Life is a reality to be experienced and discovered Einstein gave us some beautiful truths to wrestle with. Very entertaining and a good program to listen to A nice bit of history into Einstein and his impact into science This is a nice introduction And is very good for what it is. Basically a synopsis of Einstein s major theories There wasn t much here that I have not read before, but never have I heard it put forth in such an entertaining way Highly recommended and it s also very short so easy for anyone to digest. Brian Greene, plus a cast of excellent voices reading the words of Einstein and his family, friends, admirers, and challengers, gives us a wonderful look at Einstein s work as well as his worldview and professional world His competitors and the ways in which his work overturned the way we viewed the universe are beautifully presented here Greene is always a joy to listen to when talking about the physics and cosmology he loves This one won t take much of your time just a couple of hours Don Brian Greene, plus a cast of excellent voices reading the words of Einstein and his family, friends, admirers, and challengers, gives us a wonderful look at Einstein s work as well as his worldview and professional world His competitors and the ways in which his work overturned the way we viewed the universe are beautifully presented here Greene is always a joy to listen to when talking about the physics and cosmology he loves This one won t take much of your time just a couple of hours Don t miss it.Highly recommended.I bought this audiobook |FREE BOOK ♠ Light Falls: Space, Time, and an Obsession of Einstein ♫ Best selling author, superstar physicist, and cofounder of the World Science Festival Brian Greene The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos and an ensemble cast led by award winning actor Paul Rudd Ant Man perform this dramatic story tracing Albert Einstein s discovery of the general theory of relativity Featuring an original score by composer Jeff Beal House of Cards, Pollock , Einstein s electrifying journey toward his greatest achievement is brought vividly to lifeThe theatrical version of Light Falls was first performed at the World Science Festival in New York CityFull list of narrators includes Graeme MalcolmBrian Greene PAudible, Inc I listened to this on a car trip with my SigO recently, who is a physicist I am not anything even close to a physicist, so the fact that we both enjoyed it says a lot for the book.Greene has a way of making Einstein s theories understandable He tells the story in an interesting way I felt like I got it though of course I didn tbut it made me feel as if I could follow the logic at any rate As far as audible books go, this was pretty short just two hours, with an additional 28 minutes o I listened to this on a car trip with my SigO recently, who is a physicist I am not anything even close to a physicist, so the fact that we both enjoyed it says a lot for the book.Greene has a way of making Einstein s theories understandable He tells the story in an interesting way I felt like I got it though of course I didn tbut it made me feel as if I could follow the logic at any rate As far as audible books go, this was pretty short just two hours, with an additional 28 minutes of extra conversation between the author and Paul Rudd, one of the actors that read the book If I hadn t gotten it on sale, I might ve felt like it wasn t long enough for the , but since it was only a few dollars it was fine The biggest negative is not about the writing, but the reading It is TOTALLY overacted so much that I wasn t sure I d get through it at first They have several voices performing reading, and they get very dramatic for a book in my opinion I love Brian Greene, his Hidden Reality book is one of the best physics books I have read, this one was trying to be too many things and not really accomplishing any First, from my not humble personal opinion, Light Falls was less in depth than I wanted I have read enough that I like a bitmath in physics in my physics book so I wasn t really satisfied.I listened to this as well and it was over produced and came off like a physics book for teens, buzz words like bromance and freaked out d I love Brian Greene, his Hidden Reality book is one of the best physics books I have read, this one was trying to be too many things and not really accomplishing any First, from my not humble personal opinion, Light Falls was less in depth than I wanted I have read enough that I like a bitmath in physics in my physics book so I wasn t really satisfied.I listened to this as well and it was over produced and came off like a physics book for teens, buzz words like bromance and freaked out didn t really fit the topic I also think the short amount of space dedicated to explaining the physics wasn t enough, I don t think anyone is going to get space time and light after reading this.This 3 hour book not sure where the 300 pages come from was trying to be a biography of Einsten, a discussion of space time, gravity and relativity and an entertaining primer for kids It accomplished none of those satisfactorily 32 Light Falls Space, Time and an Obsession of Einstein by Brian Greene Science Audible 5 Anything relating to Einstein fascinates me as does this short read In this work, we follow Einstein on his quest to formulate the Theory of Relativity There is a conversation at the end of the reading between the narrator and the author and they ask the question With all the technology we have at our fingertips today, imagine what Einstein could have done with it Educational and an excellent full c 32 Light Falls Space, Time and an Obsession of Einstein by Brian Greene Science Audible 5 Anything relating to Einstein fascinates me as does this short read In this work, we follow Einstein on his quest to formulate the Theory of Relativity There is a conversation at the end of the reading between the narrator and the author and they ask the question With all the technology we have at our fingertips today, imagine what Einstein could have done with it Educational and an excellent full cast recording and music