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Summary

As smartphones, supercomputers, supercolliders, and AI propel us into an ever more unfamiliar future, How to Speak Science takes us on a rollicking historical tour of the greatest discoveries and ideas that make today's cutting-edge technologies possible.

Wanting everyone to be able to "speak" science, YouTube science guru Bruce Benamran explains - as accessibly and wittily as in his acclaimed videos - the fundamental ideas of the physical world: matter, life, the solar system, light, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, special and general relativity, and much more.

Along the way, Benamran guides us through the wildest hypotheses and most ingenious ideas of Galileo, Newton, Curie, Einstein, and science's other greatest minds, reminding us that while they weren't always exactly right, they were always curious. How to Speak Science acquaints us not only with what scientists know, but how they think, so that each of us can reason like a physicist - and appreciate the world in all its beautiful chaos.

©2018 Bruce Benamran and Stephanie Delozier Strobel (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Stop the rubbish jokes

I don't normally bother leaving reviews but I found this book that annoying I felt I had to.

It's like he has no faith in innate interestingness of the material so he feels he has to try and keep you listening with jokes and banter.

If I've gone out of my way to get an hour into the book then you can take it I have some interest in the topic so please just get on with it.

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Not as advertised

I've given up with 10 hours still to go. With a title like 'How to Speak Science' I expected a book about the vocabulary of science, explaining scientific terminology and how to communicate like a scientist - instead I got a standard history of science book. If a history of science book is what you're looking for though this could might be your thing.

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Struggling to understand science. Struggle no more

An absolute wealth of funny, interesting, chewable chunks of the history and the present of scientific discovery. This is the book for you if you have been searching for a book that will help you understand the concept of both the very big and the very small. The author has a real talent in communicating things so that they seem much more simple than they can 1st appear. Please write more books. Black holes, dark matter or anything that the author can put over to the audience with the same expertise in the art of description that he shows in this little gem.

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Some nuggets, but awful presentation

Poor attempts at humor and a total lack of humility make a mess of this potted history of fascinating discoveries. This is yet another sad disservice to the subject. There are some good explanations buried within but the surrounding presentation is so bad I doubt many readers will get much out of it.

The narrator does a good job getting across the smarmy attitude of the author.

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Narrator thinks he's a comedian.

The content of the book is decent. The narrator keeps telling silly jokes which is quite annoying.

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how NOT to speak science

Doesn't bring anything new to the table and the amount of colloquialism in it (for a book thats titled 'how to speak science') is unbearable.

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Thoroughly enjoyed this book.

A very enjoyable book and well narrated. It covers a multitude of science subjects, I learned quite a few new things and could quite easily listen again in the future.

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I enjoyed the book and the humor.

the book was well written. It was funny, which is different for a science book and I liked it.

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  • 15-02-21

Wowzers!

Hands down one of the best audio books ever. The information is astounding and the performance was even better. Not 1 butchering of a name or anything in another dialect and there were plenty of opportunities in this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-12-20

Brilliant!

Vcause's Michael Stevens was a reaal treat!!
Also Story, Narration, Everything is tweaked to approach its best.
A Science book which is much more enjoyable than a Novel.

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  • 01-06-21

Education Entertainment Excellence

Very enjoyable format and execution. There was actually more detailed information and details than I expected. The humor and presentation were interesting and the narrator nailed the tone .

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  • Mark Dorman
  • 05-05-21

Crazy good!

This is very near the top of my list of favorite science books. little wasted time, all meat. Awesome narrator!

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  • Ron Garner
  • 02-03-21

Great read

The narrator fornthis book made the story. was interested in the subject matter , was not prepared for the work of the narrator to be so grossly enthralling. He made the book come alive

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  • Joseph
  • 04-07-21

Presented in a discovery mode

In the beginning this book seemed like it targeted high school students, or people with non-scientific backgrounds and perhaps it does but not exclusively. I have a science background and although I easily followed much of the book some parts I had to replay several times to understand.
The book presents ideas in a somewhat chronological order so it shows how scientific understanding develops. Additionally, it’s presented in a conversational manner with periodic humor. The book, and especially the narrator, make it a very entertaining listen. I highly recommend this book.

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  • 07-05-21

total waste

finished about 90%. Just couldn't take it any more. Narration overcomes subject matter but not to the point of value. It was such a beating and I love the learn. Some misinformation as well. Biased to extreme. More of science religion than actual science. Hard pass.

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  • Paul in Maryland
  • 25-03-21

for science Geeks and regular people, too

Engagingly written. Also engagingly narrated, there were times that got the sense that the names being pronounced had exaggerated foreign accent. I'm just surprised that such a talented narrator could stumble over the word "causality," pronounce it "casualty" not once, not twice, but three times in the span of a minute (Chapter 74).

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-02-22

Interesting delivery of information

Enjoyable history of science and related material. Was a good refresher for me and an enjoyable presentation.

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  • P. C.
  • 21-10-21

People Magazine

Do you have a subscription to People Magazine? LoL :-)

Wonderful book as read in Audible. Well-done.

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