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Carlo Rovelli – Seven Brief Lessons on Physics pdf book

Carlo Rovelli - Seven Brief Lessons on Physics pdf book

Carlo Rovelli – Seven Brief Lessons on Physics pdf book

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

Author : Carlo Rovelli
Publisher : Riverhead Books; Tra edition 
Release : March 1, 2016
Genre : Science & Math

Book Review

“A startling and illustrative distillation of centuries of science.”—The Economist
 
“Lean, lucid and enchanting.”—New Scientist

The international bestseller that reveals all the beauty of modern physics in seven short and enlightening lessons

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics is a book about the joy of discovery. Carlo Rovelli brings a playful, entertaining, and mind-bending introduction to modern physics, offering surprising—and surprisingly easy to grasp—explanations of 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. 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. “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

“Delightful. . . . The metaphors are vivid, the visions dramatic.”—Nature

“The writing is elegant and poetic, and Carlo’s explanatory clarity is compelling. He organized this short book into seven lessons that introduce the non-specialized reader to the most fascinating questions about the universe, including how we learn about it.”—NPR

“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

“Brief but eloquent… The slim volume is stereotypically the province of poetry, but this beautifully designed little book shows that science, with its curiosity, its intense engagement with what there really is, its readiness to jettison received ways of seeing, is a kind of poetry too”—Financial Times

“[Carlo Rovelli’s] concise and comprehensible writing makes sense of intricate notions such as general relativity, quantum mechanics, cosmology and thermodynamics. Rovelli’s enthusiastic and poetic descriptions communicate the essence of these topics without getting bogged down in details.”Scientific American

“Few writers have dared to compress the knowledge of a century’s worth of physics into less than 80 pages. Even fewer have succeeded with a touch of Carlo Rovelli’s clarity and verve…A sweeping presentation of the great ideas and discoveries of 20th century physics, aimed at readers with no scientific background whatsoever. It’s a joy to read.”Gizmodo

“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

“Slim and stimulating…Wonderfully poetic.”—Brain Pickings

“Written to be accessible and to appeal to the imagination of the liberal arts major…Rovelli highlights the beauty of theories of gravity, time, and consciousness.”—The Curious Wavefunction

“Rovelli’s offering is a marvelous feast which should ignite a renewed sense of inspiration regarding the reach and beauty of science even in hardened veterans.”—The Millions

“An intriguing meditation on the nature of the universe and our attempts to understand it that should appeal to both scientists and general readers.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“This enchanting book…looks at physics as a continually changing quest for understanding our universe, instead of immutable laws of nature… The essays are a joyous celebration of scientific wonder.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Seven Brief Lessons on Physics is a science book that reads like a poem, and resonates like one, too.”Bookpage

“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

“No one should hold office unless they have read Carlo Rovelli’s Seven Brief Lessons on Physics.”—Nick Harkaway, author of The Gone-Away World and Angelmaker

“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

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