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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
by Carlo Rovelli




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The New York Times bestseller from the author of The Order of Time and Reality Is Not What It Seems and Helgoland

"One of the year's most entrancing books about science."--The Wall Street Journal

"Clear, elegant...a whirlwind tour of some of the biggest ideas in physics."--The New York Times Book Review

This playful, entertaining, and mind-bending introduction to modern physics briskly explains Einstein's general relativity, quantum mechanics, elementary particles, gravity, black holes, the complex architecture of the universe, and the role humans play in this weird and wonderful world. Carlo Rovelli, a renowned theoretical physicist, is a delightfully poetic and philosophical scientific guide. He takes us to the frontiers of our knowledge: to the most minute reaches of the fabric of space, back to the origins of the cosmos, and into the workings of our minds. The book celebrates the joy of discovery. "Here, on the edge of what we know, in contact with the ocean of the unknown, shines the mystery and the beauty of the world," Rovelli writes. "And it's breathtaking."

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Overview

The New York Times bestseller from the author of The Order of Time and Reality Is Not What It Seems and Helgoland

"One of the year's most entrancing books about science."--The Wall Street Journal

"Clear, elegant...a whirlwind tour of some of the biggest ideas in physics."--The New York Times Book Review

This playful, entertaining, and mind-bending introduction to modern physics briskly explains Einstein's general relativity, quantum mechanics, elementary particles, gravity, black holes, the complex architecture of the universe, and the role humans play in this weird and wonderful world. Carlo Rovelli, a renowned theoretical physicist, is a delightfully poetic and philosophical scientific guide. He takes us to the frontiers of our knowledge: to the most minute reaches of the fabric of space, back to the origins of the cosmos, and into the workings of our minds. The book celebrates the joy of discovery. "Here, on the edge of what we know, in contact with the ocean of the unknown, shines the mystery and the beauty of the world," Rovelli writes. "And it's breathtaking."

 

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  • ISBN-13: 9780399184413
  • ISBN-10: 0399184414
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Publish Date: March 2016
  • Page Count: 96
  • Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.4 pounds


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The wonders of physics

Is it truly possible to explain the most compelling theories in modern physics in less than 100 pages? In language even nonscientists can understand? Italian theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli proves that such an explanation is indeed possible—and surprisingly beautiful—in Seven Brief Lessons on Physics. An international bestseller, it has outsold Fifty Shades of Grey in Italy, where Rovelli’s book was first published.

Rovelli perfectly conveys the mix of blind faith, crushing doubt and wonder that have guided our understanding of the world around us. The third lesson, “The Architecture of the Cosmos,” uses eight simple diagrams to graph our evolving understanding of ourselves and where exactly we are, from a lone stick man sandwiched between flat planes of Earth and sky to mere stardust that may well be a dream experienced by something in another universe.

In lessons on general relativity, quantum mechanics, elementary particles, gravity and black holes, Rovelli beautifully merges the study of the universe with our ever-shifting understanding of our place within it. “We are like an only child who in growing up realizes that the world does not revolve only around himself, as he thought when little,” Rovelli writes. “Mirrored by others, and by other things, we learn who we are.”

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics is a science book that reads like a poem, and resonates like one, too. It’s educational to be sure, but its biggest lesson seems to be that remaining curious is our greatest hope as individuals and a species.

 

This article was originally published in the March 2016 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 

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