Helgoland: Signed Edition (Hardback)Carlo Rovelli (author)
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In Helgoland, one of the greatest communicators of modern theoretical physics celebrates the rebellious spirit of the early quantum physicists and presents his own fascinating theory of how our world fundamentally exists through relations and events.
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One idea, more than any other, has transformed our understanding of the fabric of the universe: the quantum.
Now Carlo Rovelli illuminates its mysteries.
In June 1925, twenty-three-year-old Werner Heisenberg, suffering from hay fever, retreated to a treeless, wind-battered island in the North Sea called Helgoland. It was there that he came up with the key insight behind quantum mechanics. A century later, this theory has given us modern technology and nuclear energy but remains disconcerting, enigmatic and fiercely debated.
Helgoland is the story of quantum physics and its bright young founders who were to become some of the most famous Nobel winners. It is a celebration of youthful rebellion and intellectual revolution. It is a transformative journey. Here Carlo Rovelli, a master storyteller and influential scientist, illuminates competing interpretations and offers his own original theory: the 'relational' interpretation of quantum mechanics, where the world is fundamentally made of relations and events rather than permanent substances. Where we, as every other thing around us, exist in our interactions with one another, in a never-ending game of mirrors.
A riveting voyage, full of wonder and delight, Helgoland revolutionizes our understanding of the universe and our place in it.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 208
Dimensions: 222 x 138 mm
'Carlo 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 life.' - Neil Gaiman
'Physics has found its poet. . . Rovelli is a wonderfully humane, gentle and witty guide for he is as much philosopher and poet as he is a scientist.' - John Banville
'Rovelli opens windows onto the imagination for all of us.' - Antony Gormley
'Carlo Rovelli's imaginative rigour, his lively humour and his beautiful writing are inspiring.' - Erica Wagner
'With the publication of his million-selling book Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, Rovelli took his place with Stephen Hawking and Richard Feynman as one of the great popularisers of modern theoretical physics.' - Sam Leith, The Spectator'A global superstar. . . Rovelli is making the grammar of the universe accessible to a new generation.' - Channel 4 News
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