Reality Is Not What It Seems by Carlo Rovelli
The Journey to Quantum Gravity

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Cutting-edge theoretical physics for a popular audience that obeys the rules (little math, plenty of drawings), but it’s not for the faint of heart.
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“The man who makes physics sexy . . . the scientist they’re calling the next Stephen Hawking.” —The Times Magazine

From the New York Times–bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, a closer look at the mind-bending nature of the universe.

What are the elementary ingredients of the world? Do time and space exist? And what exactly is reality? Theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli has spent his life exploring these questions. He tells us how our understanding of reality has changed over the centuries and how physicists think about the structure of the universe today.

In elegant and accessible prose, Rovelli takes us on a wondrous journey from Democritus to Albert Einstein, from Michael Faraday to gravitational waves, and from classical physics to his own work in quantum gravity. As he shows us how the idea of reality has evolved over time, Rovelli offers deeper explanations of the theories he introduced so concisely in Seven Brief Lessons on Physics.

This book culminates in a lucid overview of quantum gravity, the field of research that explores the quantum nature of space and time, seeking to unify quantum mechanics and general relativity. Rovelli invites us to imagine a marvelous world where space breaks up into tiny grains, time disappears at the smallest scales, and black holes are waiting to explode—a vast universe still largely undiscovered.
 

About Carlo Rovelli

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Carlo Rovelli received his Ph.D. in physics at the University of Padua. He has conducted research at Imperial College, Yale University, the University of Rome, and the University of Pittsburgh and is currently professor of theoretical physics at the University of Marseille. He is author of more than 150 scholarly articles and the books Quantum Gravity and What Is Time? What Is Space?
 
Published January 24, 2017 by Riverhead Books. 283 pages
Genres: Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Oct 20 2016

Cutting-edge theoretical physics for a popular audience that obeys the rules (little math, plenty of drawings), but it’s not for the faint of heart.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Sep 27 2017

Rovelli’s work is challenging, but his excitement is contagious and he delights in the possibilities of human understanding.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by LISA RANDALL on Mar 03 2017

The science as presented isn’t always correct, and interpretations are misleadingly presented as facts.

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