Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality Audiobook, by Max Tegmark Play Audiobook Sample

Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality Audiobook

Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality Audiobook, by Max Tegmark Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Rob Shapiro Publisher: Random House Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 10.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 7.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: January 2014 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780804166515

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09:53 minutes

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06:38 minutes

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Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present and future, and through the physics, astronomy and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the ultimate multiverse. In a dazzling combination of both popular and groundbreaking science, he not only helps us grasp his often mind-boggling theories, but he also shares with us some of the often surprising triumphs and disappointments that have shaped his life as a scientist. Fascinating from first to last—this is a book that has already prompted the attention and admiration of some of the most prominent scientists and mathematicians.

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"One of the most meaningful books in my life. Tegmark writes a history of his science life with simplicity and honesty. And conclusion of the book is stunning! It seems to be a bit ackward, even crazy at the beggining, but if deeply understood.. Wow! I strongly recommend this book for every seeker of the ultimate truth of the universe."

— Robert (5 out of 5 stars)


  • “Daring, Radical. Innovative. A game changer. If Dr. Tegmark is correct, this represents a paradigm shift in the relationship between physics and mathematics, forcing us to rewrite our textbooks. A must read for anyone deeply concerned about our universe.”

    — Michio Kaku, New York Times bestselling author of Physics of the Future 
  • “Our Mathematical Universe boldly confronts one of the deepest questions at the fertile interface of physics and philosophy…Through lively writing and wonderfully accessible explanations, Max Tegmark—one of the world’s leading theoretical physicists—guides the reader to a possible answer, and reveals how, if it’s right, our understanding of reality itself would be radically altered.”

    — Brian Greene, New York Times bestselling author of The Hidden Reality
  • “Tegmark offers a fresh and fascinating perspective on the fabric of physical reality and life itself. He helps us see ourselves in a cosmic context that highlights the grand opportunities for the future of life in our universe.” 

    — Ray Kurzweil, New York Times bestselling author of How to Create a Mind
  • “Galileo famously said that the universe is written in the language of mathematics. Now Max Tegmark says that the universe is mathematics. You don’t have to necessarily agree to enjoy this fascinating journey into the nature of reality.”

    — Mario Livio, New York Times bestselling author of Brilliant Blunders
  • “The book…can be divided into two parts as different as night and day. One, by Dr. Tegmark, is an informative survey of exciting recent developments in astrophysics and quantum theory. The other…is a discussion of his controversial idea that reality itself is a mathematical structure…In the first part…Tegmark does an excellent job explaining this and other puzzles in a way accessible to nonspecialists. Packed with clever metaphors, this section illuminates an important area on the cutting edge of modern physics…[The second] part of the book crosses over to what I must consider science fiction and mysticism. It raises provocative questions that will make you ponder the essence of reality.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “Our Mathematical Universe is a fascinating and well-executed dramatic argument from a talented expositor.”

    — Wall Street Journal
  • “Cosmologist Max Tegmark has written an engaging and accessible book, Our Mathematical Universe, that grapples with this multiverse scenario. He aims initially at the scientifically literate public, but seeks to take us to—and, indeed, beyond—the frontiers of accepted knowledge…This is a valuable book, written in a deceptively simple style but not afraid to make significant demands on its readers, especially once the multiverse level gets turned up to four. It is impressive how far Tegmark can carry you until, like a cartoon character running off a cliff, you wonder whether there is anything holding you up.”

    — Nature
  • “The book is an excellent guide to recent developments in quantum cosmology and the ongoing debate over theories of parallel universes....Perhaps this book is proof that the two personalities needed for science—the speculative and sceptic—can readily exist in one individual.”

    — New Scientist
  • “In Our Mathematical Universe, Max Tegmark—a distinguished cosmologist—gives a lucid rundown of the current state of knowledge on the origin, present state, and fate of the universe(s)…It is immensely illuminating on the reach of current cosmological theories.”

    — Independent (London)
  • “A fascinating exploration of multiverse theories…Tegmark’s writing is lucid, enthusiastic, and outright entertaining, a thoroughly accessible discussion leavened with anecdotes and the pure joy of a scientist at work.” 

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “Lively and lucid, the narrative invites general readers into debates over computer models for brain function, over scientific explanations of consciousness, and over prospects for finding advanced life in other galaxies…An exhilarating adventure for bold readers.” 

    — Booklist (starred review)
  • “In Our Mathematical Universe, renowned cosmologist Max Tegmark takes us on a whirlwind tour of the universe, past, present—and other. With lucid language and clear examples, Tegmark provides us with the master measure of not only of our cosmos, but of all possible universes. The universe may be lonely, but it is not alone.” 

    — Seth Lloyd, professor of quantum mechanical engineering, MIT, author of Programming the Universe
  • “Readers of varied backgrounds will enjoy this book. Almost anyone will find something to learn here, much to ponder, and perhaps something to disagree with.”

    — Edward Witten, physicist, Fields Medalist and Milner Laureate
  • “This inspirational book written by a true expert presents an explosive mixture of physics, mathematics and philosophy which may alter your views on reality.”

    — Andrei Linde, physicist, Gruber and Milner Laureate
  • “Scientists and lay aficionados alike will find Tegmark’s book packed with information and very thought provoking. You may recoil from his thesis, but nearly every page will make you wish you could debate the issues face-to-face with him.”

    — Julian Barbour, physicist, author of The End of Time


  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, January 2014

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About Max Tegmark

Max Tegmark is a physics professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the co-founder of the Future of Life Institute. He is the author or coauthor of more than two hundred technical papers. He holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

About Rob Shapiro

Rob Shapiro is a musician, writer, voice actor, and Earphones Award–winning narrator. He performed several seasons of radio comedy on Minneapolis Public Radio and voiced the titular lion in Leo the Lion. He is a musician and composer with his critically acclaimed band Populuxe. He is also a business consultant and software system designer.