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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (372 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven Weinberg Narrator: Stuart Langton Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781455176243
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This is the story of a grand scientific quest: the quest for a unifying theory of nature—one that can explain forces as different as the cohesion inside the atom and the gravitational tug between the sun and the earth. 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Unusually well-written and informative…Weinberg is one of the world’s most creative theoretical physicists.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “A splendid introduction to the nature and ambitions of modern physics and a brilliant and…moving essay on its philosophical implications.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “This splendid book is as good reading about physics and physicists as this reviewer can name…clear, honest, and brilliantly instructive.”

    Scientific American

  • “Weinberg’s quest…displays a scientist’s sense of wonder and an artist’s love of beauty.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “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

  • “Weinberg writes with great hope and clarity…Other books have been written on this subject, but Weinberg’s is likely to have the highest demand. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Neibaur | 1/9/2014

    " So far it's good, but I'm reserving complete judgment until the end - unfortunately physics books sometimes start off good and then slow down. Hopefully not this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 aldozirsov | 12/25/2013

    " To Rati... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Excalibur2099 | 8/20/2013

    " I read a lot of theoretical physics books, and this writer is one of the most coherent there is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 7/15/2013

    " Interesting, often very opinionated view of particle physics and the greater role that physics does (or should) play in the lives of everybody. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 7/8/2013

    " There are probably better books on this subject. I just haven't found them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lepton Pauli | 11/24/2012

    " Pretty good book, quick read, little (or no math required) better than a poke in the eye, there are better books on the topic though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ethan | 10/3/2012

    " One of the few theoretical physicists with a prose style and a sense of emotional presence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel Toker | 9/28/2012

    " I mostly agreed with Weinberg's ideas. In terms of his actual writing, though, he's no Carl Sagan. Overall, a worthwhile read, and fairly easy to understand. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 4/11/2012

    " This book was exquisite with knowledge and provided me with the upmost knowledge I would need to pursue a wonderful job as a janitor "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vasha7 | 11/24/2011

    " I've read this twice, and found it interesting and valuable. Okay, so the SSC is dead, but the real meat of this book is Weinberg's discussions of how physicists go about making theories. He also has a very clear way of laying out philosophical discussions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lukasz Glinka | 9/21/2011

    " Excellent popular lectures on fundamental physics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sanjiv | 6/18/2011

    " Excellent book but at times found the concepts hard to grasp "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 4/24/2011

    " I mostly agreed with Weinberg's ideas. In terms of his actual writing, though, he's no Carl Sagan. Overall, a worthwhile read, and fairly easy to understand. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lukasz | 3/27/2011

    " Excellent popular lectures on fundamental physics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Excalibur2099 | 1/9/2011

    " I read a lot of theoretical physics books, and this writer is one of the most coherent there is. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Neibaur | 10/3/2008

    " So far it's good, but I'm reserving complete judgment until the end - unfortunately physics books sometimes start off good and then slow down. Hopefully not this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 5/28/2008

    " This book was exquisite with knowledge and provided me with the upmost knowledge I would need to pursue a wonderful job as a janitor "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ethan | 9/19/2007

    " One of the few theoretical physicists with a prose style and a sense of emotional presence. "

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About the Author
Author Steven Weinberg

Steven Weinberg received the 1979 Nobel Prize for Physics for his work in unifying two of the fundamental forces of nature, and in 1991 he was awarded the National Medal of Science at the White House. He is a member of the Royal Society of London as well as the US National Academy of Sciences.

About the Narrator

Stuart Langton is an award-winning theater, film, and television actor. He has been an audiobook narrator for more than ten years. He lives in New York City.