When We Cease to Understand the World

Written by:
Benjamin Labatut
Narrated by:
Adam Barr

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
5
Narrator
3
Release Date
September 2021
Duration
5 hours 40 minutes
Summary
When We Cease to Understand the World is a book about the complicated links between scientific and mathematical discovery, madness, and destruction. Fritz Haber, Alexander Grothendieck, Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrödinger—these are some of the luminaries into whose troubled lives Benjamín Labatut thrusts the listener, showing us how they grappled with the most profound questions of existence. They have strokes of unparalleled genius, alienate friends and lovers, descend into isolation and insanity. Some of their discoveries reshape human life for the better; others pave the way to chaos and unimaginable suffering. The lines are never clear. At a breakneck pace and with a wealth of disturbing detail, Labatut uses the imaginative resources of fiction to tell the stories of the scientists and mathematicians who expanded our notions of the possible.
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Aleksandr D.

What a wonderful and intelligent book! It shows how unpredictable our discoveries could be.

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Philip H.

Creativity, whether art, math, or new scientific concepts, are generally met with negativity, denial, bullying, and fear. No wonder the subjects of this story lived such belittling experiences that required great mental strength and focus and extreme confidence in their concepts. Hard to believe, and yet so obvious, that people with such extraordinary intelligence would have a difficult time adapting to the norm. I didnt know what to expect from this book or what it would be about. Seems the moral of this book is to be more tolerant and open-minded to extreme opinions and comments and to use your critical.thinking skills to understand such people rather than ignoring or castigating them because they appear different. This book isnt for everyone, but I enjoyed the history and lessons provided.

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