Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

by Carlo Rovelli

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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

“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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524723385
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 484,963
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Carlo Rovelli, an Italian theoretical physicist, is the head of the quantum gravity group at the Centre de Physique Théorique of Aix-Marseille Université. He is one of the founders of the loop quantum gravity theory. Rovelli lives in Marseille, France.

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From the First Lesson: The Most Beautiful of Theories
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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book overall was well written. The low review was because of the content. This book glosses over such broad topics that any meaningful information is lost. This is a good book if someone is looking to dip their toe into understanding the universe and how it works, but if you're looking for in-depth explanations it's not here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AR 57 pages including footnotes and intro this was more like a long article than a book. I was expecting something similar to Stephen Hawking's book but this was not even close. The seven lessons will be informative to you only if you are already a physicist! The last chapter was pure babble. Don't waste your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I emjoyed this well-written collection of essays, but I never seem to learn to check the page count - 57 pages! I've read longer magazines. The content is good; I definitely improved my understanding of quantum physics, but it is far too brief and the translation is a bit garbled in places.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For someone who has a hard time understanding basic concepts...like me...this is perfect.
Jefjiljuljenjon More than 1 year ago
What a gem! Short (very) read, but certainly worth it. Basically seven concise essays covering key aspects of modern physics. It sounds dry, but it isn't. Part science, part history, part philosophy. Great writing and the final chapter, by itself, is worth the price of admission!
Anonymous 9 months ago
If you liked this short book but want greater depth for each concept, I suggest reading Carlo Rovelli's book: Reality Is Not What It Seems. It took me a long time to read it, but it was time well spent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book! Beautifully written and concise, it's a great introduction to modern physics for those of us without an extensive background in science and mathematics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book for those who don't follow the state of physics and cosmology, but still want to gain a perspective on how one of today's leading scientists sees nature around us. Rovelli description spans from subatomic scales to the size of the universe, touching on the quantum phenomena and general relativity, hinting at how the two scales are linked but difficult to merge into a single theory. These theories are the foundations to everything that surrounds us, everything we can sense and observe. No physics knowledge is required. The book is short enough to finish in an hour or two.