Fundamental: How Quantum and Particle Physics Explain Absolutely Everything (Except Gravity) [Audiobook]

Fundamental: How Quantum and Particle Physics Explain Absolutely Everything (Except Gravity) [Audiobook]
Fundamental: How Quantum and Particle Physics Explain Absolutely Everything (Except Gravity) [Audiobook] by Tim James, read by the Author
2019 | M4B@128 kbps | 5h 1m | 273.98MB

Fundamental does for physics what Tim's first book, Elemental, does for chemistry: it demystifies the topic in his trademark humorous, engaging style, including the most recent developments in the field.

At the start of the 20th century, science appeared complete and the laws of nature were almost all discovered, but then we woke a sleeping giant - we discovered quantum mechanics.

In the quantum realm, objects can be in two places at once. It's a place where time travel is not only possible, but necessary. It's a place where cause and effect can happen in reverse and observing something changes its state. From parallel universes to antimatter, quantum mechanics has revealed that when you get right down to it, the laws of nature are insane. The scientist J. B. S. Haldane once said, 'Reality is not only stranger than we imagine...it's stranger than we can imagine.' Never is this more true than with quantum mechanics; our best, most recent attempt to make sense of the fundamental laws of nature.

Fundamental is a comprehensive beginner's guide to quantum mechanics, explaining not only the weirdness of the subject but the experiments that proved it to be true. Using a humorous and light-hearted approach, Fundamental tells the story of how the most brilliant minds in science grappled with seemingly impossible ideas and gave us everything from microchips to particle accelerators.

Fundamental gives clear explanations of all the quantum phenomena known to modern science, without requiring an understanding of complex mathematics; tells the eccentric stories of the scientists who made these shattering discoveries and what they used them for; and explains how quantum field theory (a topic not covered in detail by any other popular-science book) gave rise to particle physics and why the Higgs boson isn't the end of the story.

The End of the Beginning: Cancer, Immunity, and the Future of a Cure [Audiobook]

The End of the Beginning: Cancer, Immunity, and the Future of a Cure [Audiobook]
The End of the Beginning: Cancer, Immunity, and the Future of a Cure [Audiobook] by Michael Kinch, read by Mel Foster
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 14h 50m | 407.77MB

For the first time since a fifth-century Greek physician gave the name "cancer" (karkinos, in Greek) to a deadly disease first described in Egyptian Papyri, the medical world is near a breakthrough that could allow even the most conservative doctors and pragmatic patients to use the other "c word" - cure - in the same sentence as cancer. A remarkable series of events has brought us to this point, thanks in large part to a new ability to more efficiently harness the extraordinary power of the human immune system.

The End of the Beginning is a remarkable history of cancer treatment and the evolution of our understanding of its dynamic interplay with the immune system. Through Michael Kinch's personal experience as a cancer researcher at Washington University and the head of the oncology program at a leading biotechnology company, we witness the incredible accumulation of breakthrough science and its rapid translation into life-saving technologies that have begun to dramatically increase the quality and quantity of life for cancer patients.

Expanding upon Kinch's own remarkable projects to encompass the vaccines being deployed to eliminate cervical cancer and the development of cancer-specific "smart bombs" in the form of monoclonal antibodies, cellular therapies, and checkpoint inhibitors, The End of the Beginning reveals the incredible transformation of cancer treatment happening today.

Quantum Space: Loop Quantum Gravity and the Search for the Structure of Space, Time, and the Universe [Audiobook]

Quantum Space: Loop Quantum Gravity and the Search for the Structure of Space, Time, and the Universe [Audiobook]
Quantum Space: Loop Quantum Gravity and the Search for the Structure of Space, Time, and the Universe [Audiobook] by Jim Baggott, read by Nigel Patterson
2019 | MP3@128 kbps + PDF | 10h 16m | 576.59MB
Today we are blessed with two extraordinarily successful theories of physics. The first is Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, which describes the large-scale behavior of matter in a curved spacetime. The second is quantum mechanics. This theory describes the properties and behavior of matter and radiation at their smallest scales. But, while they are both highly successful, these two structures leave a lot of important questions unanswered. They are also based on two different interpretations of space and time, and are, therefore, fundamentally incompatible. We have two descriptions, but as far as we know, we've only ever had one universe. What we need is a quantum theory of gravity.

Approaches to formulating such a theory have primarily followed two paths. One leads to String Theory, which has for long been fashionable, and about which much has been written. But String Theory has become mired in problems. Combining clear discussions of both quantum theory and general relativity, this book offers one of the first efforts to explain the new quantum theory of space and time.

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