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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

Category: Book
By (author): Rovelli, Carlo
Subject:  SCIENCE / Cosmology
  SCIENCE / General
  SCIENCE / Physics / General
Publisher: Riverhead
Published: March 2016
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 96
Size: 7.31in x 4.81in x 0.25in
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From The Publisher*Everything you need to know about the beauty of modern physics in less than 100 pages.

In seven brief lessons, Italian theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli guides readers with admirable clarity through the most transformative physics breakthroughs of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This playful, entertaining and mind-bending introduction to modern physics, already a major bestseller in Italy, explains general relativity, quantum mechanics, elementary particles, gravity, black holes, the complex architecture of the universe, and the role of humans in the strange world Rovelli describes. This is a book about the joy of discovery. It takes readers 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. "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."
Review Quote*"A startling and illustrative distillation of centuries of science."-The Economist

"Lean, lucid and enchanting."-New Scientist

"Delightful. . . . The metaphors are vivid, the visions dramatic." -Nature
 
"Rovelli has a rare knack for conveying the top line of scientific theories in clear and compelling terms without succumbing to the lure of elaborate footnotes... a breath of fresh air."-The Guardian

"A slim poetic meditation... Rovelli belongs to a great Italian tradition of one-culture science writing that encompasses the Roman poet Lucretius, Galileo, Primo Levi and Italo Calvino. The physics here is comprehensible and limpid, and Rovelli gives it an edge through his clear-eyed humanistic interpretations."-The Independent

"If you want to understand what gets physicists out of bed in the morning, there is no better guide than Rovelli... Seven Brief Lessons on Physics is an absorbing, lovely book... This is physics as romantic poetry and, by God, it's beguiling"-New Statesman

"Bite-sized but big on ideas: Carlo Rovelli's Seven Brief Lessons on Physics … makes the mysteries of the universe almost comprehensible."-Evening Standard

"Carlo Rovelli's Seven Brief Lessons on Physics has turned relativity and quantum physics into best-selling material." -la Repubblica 

"Physics has always been popularized, but professor Rovelli's book is something else: his prose stands out as pristine and seductive at the same time, with all the substance that arouses a real interest in his readers." -Corriere della Sera

"Plain words can be utterly beautiful when they tell a thrilling story. Carlo Rovelli's words take us on a great adventure as the human mind reaches out to understand the universe. The book is a joy."-Alan Alda

"Wonderfully clear and vivid. Carlo Rovelli manages to convey the mystery of very large things and very small things with brilliant effect." -Philip Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials trilogy

"Rovelli has found a new way to talk about science, simple and keen. His seven lessons are as graceful, terse and dreamy as only poetry can sometimes be."-Paolo Giordano, author of The Solitude of Prime Numbers

"This brief and beautiful introduction to a few key discoveries of modern physics reminds us that the roots of science are curiosity and wonder."
-Lee Smolin, physicist and author, Time Reborn and The Trouble with Physics

"This is a beautiful and moving book that will make you see the world with different eyes.  It is soulfully human and yet full of the wonder of the natural universe. Rovelli somehow conveys the scope and depth of modern physics in everyday language without losing the poetry of the mathematical equations."-Jenann Ismael, professor of philosophy at University of Arizona

Biographical NoteCarlo 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.