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  • Just Six Numbers

  • The Deep Forces That Shape the Universe
  • By: Martin J. Rees
  • Narrated by: John Curless
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Summary

How did a single "genesis event" create billions of galaxies, black holes, stars, and planets? How did atoms assemble - here on earth, and perhaps on other worlds - into living beings intricate enough to ponder their origins? What fundamental laws govern our universe?

This audiobook describes new discoveries and offers remarkable insights into these fundamental questions.

There are deep connections between stars and atoms, between the cosmos and the microworld. Just six numbers, imprinted in the "Big Bang", determine the essential features of our entire physical world. Moreover, cosmic evolution is astonishingly sensitive to the values of these numbers. If any one of them were "untuned", there could be no stars and no life. This realization offers a radically new perspective on our universe, our place in it, and the nature of physical laws.

©2000 Martin Rees (P)2018 Recorded Books

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I'm no physicist, but I (sort of) got it. Another listen required ✅

a finely tuned book about a finely tuned universe/multiverse/createdverse. I enjoyed it a lot, but will need another listen or two🤔

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Came across the author after his contribution within the compilation works “The Universe” (also recommended).

I was pleasantly surprised as this isn’t a book on “just six numbers” but a great discussion on the structure of the universe, the 6 numbers being how the author has structured and laid the foundation for the works.

Although this book is a few years old now, it’s still relevant, and if anything it’s really interesting to see how quickly the field is moving at the moment, for example the author raises some points on string theory towards the end of the works as a new an exciting idea, so much progress has been made on string theory in just a few years it seems.

If you’re interested in the cosmos I’m sure you’ll find this book as interesting as I did.

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Spectacular primer to the universe

Learned so much about chemistry, physics and maths even after a consecutive listen !
Can we have a follow up edition covering the discovery of the Higgs boson and the James Webb telescope ?

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