What Is Real: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics [Audiobook]

What Is Real: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics [Audiobook]
What Is Real: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics [Audiobook] by Adam Becker, read by Greg Tremblay
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hours | 323.15MB

The untold story of the heretical thinkers who dared to question the nature of our quantum universe

Every physicist agrees quantum mechanics is among humanity's finest scientific achievements. But ask what it means, and the result will be a brawl. For a century, most physicists have followed Niels Bohr's Copenhagen interpretation and dismissed questions about the reality underlying quantum physics as meaningless. A mishmash of solipsism and poor reasoning, Copenhagen endured, as Bohr's students vigorously protected his legacy, and the physics community favored practical experiments over philosophical arguments. As a result, questioning the status quo long meant professional ruin. And yet, from the 1920s to today, physicists like John Bell, David Bohm, and Hugh Everett persisted in seeking the true meaning of quantum mechanics. What Is Real? is the gripping story of this battle of ideas and the courageous scientists who dared to stand up for truth.

The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos [Audiobook]

The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos [Audiobook]
The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos [Audiobook] by Christian Davenport, read by Will Collyer
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 58 mins | 301.76MB

The historic quest to rekindle the human exploration and colonization of space led by two rivals and their vast fortunes, egos, and visions of space as the next entrepreneurial frontier

The Space Barons is the story of a group of billionaire entrepreneurs who are pouring their fortunes into the epic resurrection of the American space program. Nearly a half century after Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, these Space Barons - most notably Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, along with Richard Branson and Paul Allen - are using Silicon Valley-style innovation to dramatically lower the cost of space travel and send humans even further than NASA has gone. These entrepreneurs have founded some of the biggest brands in the world - Amazon, Microsoft, Virgin, Tesla, PayPal - and upended industry after industry. Now they are pursuing the biggest disruption of all: space.

Based on years of reporting and exclusive interviews with all four billionaires, this authoritative account is a dramatic tale of risk and high adventure, the birth of a new Space Age, fueled by some of the world's richest men as they struggle to end governments' monopoly on the cosmos. The Space Barons is also a story of rivalry - hard-charging startups warring with established contractors, and the personal clashes of the leaders of this new space movement, particularly Musk and Bezos, as they aim for the moon and Mars and beyond.

A Map of the Invisible: Journeys into Particle Physics [Audiobook]

A Map of the Invisible: Journeys into Particle Physics [Audiobook]
A Map of the Invisible: Journeys into Particle Physics [Audiobook] by Jon Butterworth, read by Wayne Forester
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 34 mins | 184.34MB

What is the universe made of? How do we know? And what don't we know yet? Over the last 60 years, scientists around the world have worked together to explore the fundamental constituents of matter and the forces that govern their behaviour. The result so far is the Standard Model of elementary particles: a theoretical map of the basic building blocks of the universe. With the discovery of the Higgs particle in 2012, the map as we know it was completed but also extended into strange and wonderful new realms.

A Map of the Invisible is an explorer's guide to the Standard Model and the extraordinary world of particle physics as pioneering physicist Jon Butterworth charts the terrain of atoms and quarks, electrons and neutrinos and the forces that shape the universe. Step by step, discovery by discovery, we journey into the world of the unseen, from everyday physics to the latest research, from the smallest particle to black holes and dark matter and beyond to the outer reaches of the cosmos and the frontiers of human knowledge.

As the journey progresses, A Map of the Invisible provides an essential introduction to our world and to particle physics. It is a landmark work of nonfiction by one of the great scientists and science writers of today.

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