Popular science has rarely been so goodPopular science has rarely been so goodThe greatest populariser of physics today
. . . We are left in a world that is not disenchanted by science, but even more magical. A triumphTheoretical physics often feels rather mystical. This mind-bending, lively book by the bestselling physicist Carlo Rovelli reinforces that other-wordly feeling. . . unforgettableRovelli is often called the poet of physics.
He writes elegant, wondering, enlarging books on time and quantum theory, much in the spirit of a priest bringing the word of God to his congregation, and I've found it good for my soul to be confronted with how little I understand the world and everything in it
One of the warmest, most elegant and most lucid interpreters of the dazzling enigmas of his discipline. . . A momentous bookHis most beautiful book yet. . . leaves an unforgettable impression of its author as a man struggling at the furthest limits of human comprehensionA deep-thinking, restlessly inquiring spirit.
. . His books continue a tradition of popular scientific writing from Galileo to Darwin that disappeared in the academic specialisations of the past centuryAnother brilliant book by Rovelli. . . You'll have fun
If anyone can make sense of the topsy-turvy, counterintuitive world of quantum physics, it is Carlo Rovelli, the most poetically minded of today's science communicatorsA remarkably wide-ranging new meditation
on quantum theory. . . With the light touch of a skilled storyteller
. . . Rovelli is not afraid to mix quantum physics and eastern philosophyA great tonic for long-isolated minds . . . a thrilling story, written with Rovelli's accustomed wit and panache.
After reading him, you'll look at the grains of beach sand between your toes with an entirely new eyeInspiring
. . . Without mathematics or experiment, by page 81 your thoughts are at the frontier of quantum theoryA delight . . . it is a pleasure to travel in Rovelli's companyTravelogue meets biography meets a masterful explanation of quantum theory in this warm and fascinating accountExplained with uncanny insight and lyrical graceA new vision, one with a remarkable power in delivering new answers to old quantum riddles. . . original and gracefulBracing and refreshing. . . Rovelli is offering a new way to understand not just the world but our place in it, tooCarlo Rovelli is a genius and an amazing communicator
. . . What I love about his writing is that it always comes back to people -- people interacting with other people, who are interacting with their world. This is the place where science comes to lifeWhen life feels strange, Rovelli's books remind me that there is beauty in the strangeness
Rovelli is a brilliant and lucid teacher
who uses his understanding of theoretical physics and the quantum world to talk about the complexity of our everyday reality
Carlo Rovelli's imaginative rigour, his lively humour and his beautiful writing are inspiringRovelli opens windows onto the imagination for all of us
I always find with Carlo Rovelli's books that there are moments when you get a real hit of understanding -- a jigsaw in your mind that just falls into placeHelgoland
is a wonderful guide to the most extraordinary story in physics
. It will reset your view of the universeHooked me so hard I read the entire book in one sitting. And then twice moreThe old, solid world, if you believed in it at all, breaks into a glorious shimmer of limitless potentialRovelli has an uncanny knack for instilling wonder and explaining complex theories in plain, entertaining waysI'm keen for everyone to read Helgoland: a wonderfully lucid and poetic account of the foundations of quantum physics.
It combines a compelling history with Rovelli's own intriguing - and for me very appealing - views about the basis of all thingsCarlo Rovelli
is a theoretical physicist who has made significant contributions to the physics of space and time. He has worked in Italy and the US, and is currently directing the quantum gravity research group of the Centre de physique théorique in Marseille, France. His books Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
, Reality Is Not What It Seems
and The Order of Time
are international bestsellers which have been translated into forty-three languages.