Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli

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Feels like a quick-draw marketing move to me, and reads like one as well, in that you can read this book once, and there’s not much more to get from it. No one is saying it need be like a star that gets pulled inside out by its own weight and becomes a black hole beckoning ever inward, but you are getting played a touch here.
-San Francisco Chronicle

Synopsis

The perfect graduation gift

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.”
 

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 March 1, 2016 by Riverhead Books. 88 pages
Genres: Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Dec 08 2015

An intriguing meditation on the nature of the universe and our attempts to understand it that should appeal to both scientists and general readers.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Mar 25 2016

When Rovelli arrives at the edges of certainty, his writing turns lyrical, even mystical, as science becomes “incandescent in the forge of nascent ideas.”

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Dwight Garner on Mar 22 2016

These men’s intellects simply burned a bit brighter. The lessons in Mr. Rovelli’s book, as elegiac as they are incisive, do them justice.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by David Kaiser on Jan 07 2016

With luck, his charming, lyrical invitation may well achieve Feynman’s original goal: to get students excited about the biggest questions in physics, inspiring them to dig in and push right to the heart of the unknown.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Nicola Davis on Oct 11 2015

On the whole his spartan offering is a breath of fresh air. However, it remains to be seen if his pared-back approach could be married with a more in-depth take on physics.

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The Economist

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on Oct 24 2015

...Mr Rovelli outlines only the theory he himself helped to found...No matter: as Mr Rovelli himself has said, ideas are cheap. The book’s triumph lies not only in presenting some of the headiest stuff science has produced in so few pages, but also in giving real insight into how science treats those ideas.

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San Francisco Chronicle

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Reviewed by Colin Fleming on Mar 18 2016

Feels like a quick-draw marketing move to me, and reads like one as well, in that you can read this book once, and there’s not much more to get from it. No one is saying it need be like a star that gets pulled inside out by its own weight and becomes a black hole beckoning ever inward, but you are getting played a touch here.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Reviewed by Kaitlyn Shirey on Sep 11 2016

Upon reading the first few chapters, one may wonder if he will do anything but praise Almighty Einstein (we already know we’re supposed to love him) and draw boring diagrams; I assure the weary reader that continuing forward is worth it.

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Scientific American

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on Mar 01 2016

His concise and comprehensible writing makes sense of intricate notions such as general relativity, quantum mechanics, cosmology and thermodynamics.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on Jul 05 2016

This is not, though, an ultimately cheering read. Such wonder as Rovelli encourages us to feel is tempered with a sobering sense of perspective, as you might expect from someone who has been trying all his professional life to unify the large and the small.

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Reviewed by Heather Seggel on Mar 01 2016

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics is a science book that reads like a poem, and resonates like one, too. It’s educational to be sure, but its biggest lesson seems to be that remaining curious is our greatest hope as individuals and a species.

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Reviewed by Jennifer Carson on Sep 17 2016

Rovelli’s love of and reverence for this mysterious world, “where space is granular, time does not exist, and things are nowhere,” is clear on every page. His Seven Brief Lessons is full of tantalizing revelations about the wonderful strangeness of the universe...

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The Curious Wavefunction

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Reviewed by Wavefunction on Feb 23 2016

In this short and highly readable book, Italian physicist Carlo Rovelli leads us through a tour of what he thinks are seven of the foremost ideas (or "lessons') in physics.

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on Apr 15 2017

His 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.

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