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When we cease to understand the world [electronic resource] / Benjamin Labatut ; translator, Adrian Nathan West.

Labatut, Benjamín, 1980- (author.). West, Adrian Nathan, (translator.). Barr, Adam, (narrator.). hoopla digital. (Added Author).


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  • ISBN: 9781666527667 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
  • ISBN: 1666527661 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (1 audio file (5hr., 40 min.)) : digital.
  • Edition: Unabridged.
  • Publisher: [United States] : Dreamscape Media, 2021.
  • Distributor: Made available through hoopla

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Restrictions on Access Note:
Digital content provided by hoopla.
Participant or Performer Note:
Read by Adam Barr.
Summary, etc.:
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.
System Details Note:
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject: Scientists > Fiction.

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