The One Thing You Need to Know: The Simple Way to Understand the Most Important Ideas in Science

Written by:
Marcus Chown
Narrated by:
Peter Noble

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
July 2023
6 hours 39 minutes
Rather than trying to bend your mind around all the vast and confounding details of things such as gravitational waves, electricity, and black holes, wouldn't it be easier to understand just one central concept from which everything else follows?

If you've ever found yourself fascinated by the idea of quantum computing but feel a little overwhelmed by the mind-blowing subject of quantum mechanics or concerned by climate change but haven't been able to get to grips with the details of global warming, this book is for you. Let's take atoms, for example-what on earth are they? Well, if you start to think of them less like things you can't see with complex little nuclei and more like the alphabet of nature, they might start to feel a little more understandable. Or gravitational waves-why are they creating so much excitement? Think of them as the voice of space, vibrations on the drumskin of space-time-before delving into all their complexities.

Chown explains the one thing you need to know to understand some of the most important scientific ideas of our time. Packed full of astounding facts, scientific history, and the entertaining personalities at the heart of the most pivotal discoveries about the workings of our universe, this is an accessible guide to all the tricky stuff you've always wanted to understand more about.
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