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Ask HN: Are there any good tech or science related audio books?
5 points by dsiegel2275 5 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 5 comments
I will be making a 10 hour drive by myself in a few weeks. I've never listened to an audio book before but am thinking this might be a good opportunity to give one (or two?) a try.

Are there any good technology or science related audio books that folks could recommend? I'd be interested in anything from software development to machine learning to mathematics to cosmology. Thanks!

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Are you looking for popular science variety? I ask because the topics you mentioned are best looked at, read in bits, and worked on in order to be understood. I can't fathom learning any of these by listening alone. I might pick up the jargon but nothing more useful. I would rather pick a humanities topic to listen to to keep the mind active, fresh and compensate for the tech fatigue which will eventually happen to us.

Alternatively, or if you insist, you could download and watch some OCW/MOOC lectures on these topics which can be a nice middle ground.

Try podcasts too!

General science an engineering, very detailed and excellent e.g. a recent episode covered superconductors and their use in particle accelerators http://omegataupodcast.net/

Data Science and Machine Learning http://lineardigressions.com/

Embedded SW dev and related topics https://www.embedded.fm/

In the fiction realm, Yoon Ha Lee's Ninefox Gambit is a fascinating math/geometry based sci-fi novel.

I enjoyed Blood, Sweat and Pixels audiobook which looks behind the scenes of video game development for multiple games.

couple of recommendations: Bill Bryson's A Brief History of Nearly Everything Neil Degrasse Tyson reading his own book, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space - By Carl Sagan Chaos by James Gleick

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