The Great Unknown: Seven Journeys to the Frontiers of Science

By Marcus du Sautoy
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14.70 Hours 04/11/2017 unabridged
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A captivating journey to the outer reaches of human knowledge Ever since the dawn of civilization we have been driven by a desire to know—to understand the physical world and the laws of nature. But are there limits to human knowledge? Are some things beyond the predictive powers of science, or are those challenges simply the next big discovery waiting to happen Marcus du Sautoy takes us into the minds of science’s greatest innovators and reminds us that major breakthroughs were often ridiculed at the time of their discovery. Then he carries us on a whirlwind tour of seven “Edges” of knowledge—inviting us to consider the problems in quantum physics, cosmology, probability and neuroscience that continue to bedevil scientists who are at the front of their fields. He grounds his personal exploration of some of science’s thorniest questions in simple concepts like the roll of dice, the notes of a cello, or how a clock measures time. Exhilarating, mind-bending, and compulsively readable, The Great Unknown challenges us to think in new ways about every aspect of the known world as it invites us to consider big questions—about who we are and the nature of God - that no one has yet managed to answer definitively.

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A captivating journey to the outer reaches of human knowledge

Ever since the dawn of civilization we have been driven by a desire to know—to understand the physical world and the laws of nature. But are there limits to human knowledge? Are some things beyond the predictive powers of science, or are those challenges simply the next big discovery waiting to happen

Marcus du Sautoy takes us into the minds of science’s greatest innovators and reminds us that major breakthroughs were often ridiculed at the time of their discovery. Then he carries us on a whirlwind tour of seven “Edges” of knowledge—inviting us to consider the problems in quantum physics, cosmology, probability and neuroscience that continue to bedevil scientists who are at the front of their fields. He grounds his personal exploration of some of science’s thorniest questions in simple concepts like the roll of dice, the notes of a cello, or how a clock measures time.

Exhilarating, mind-bending, and compulsively readable, The Great Unknown challenges us to think in new ways about every aspect of the known world as it invites us to consider big questions—about who we are and the nature of God - that no one has yet managed to answer definitively.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Marcus du Sautoy narrates his tour of seven ‘edges’ of scientific knowledge with infectious enthusiasm, chasing the limits of what science can and can’t reveal…His genuine passion for science comes through, most powerfully when he speaks about his own discipline, mathematics.” AudioFile
“Brilliant and fascinating. No one is better at making the recondite accessible and exciting.” Bill Bryson, New York Times bestselling author
“A fascinating book on the limits of scientific knowledge.” Economist (London)
“An intriguing bird’s-eye view of the landscape of unknowability.” Wall Street Journal
“Reviews some of the great puzzles challenging science in chaos theory, quantum mechanics, cosmology, the nature of time, the origins of human consciousness and the limits of the universe…An absorbing entry into the genre of ‘what science hasn’t figured out yet.’” Forbes

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Author Bio: Marcus du Sautoy

Marcus du Sautoy is a professor of mathematics and the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. He is a frequent contributor on mathematics to the Times, the Guardian, and the BBC. He lives in London.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Runtime: 14.70
Audience: Adult
Language: English