Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity (Paperback)
  • Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity (Paperback)

Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 01/06/2017
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I think I like physics because it opens a window through which we can see further. It gives me the sense of fresh air entering the house.

From the bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics comes a new book about the mind-bending nature of the universe

Do space and time truly exist? What is reality made of? Can we understand its deep texture?

Scientist Carlo Rovelli has spent his whole life exploring these questions and pushing the boundaries of what we know. In this mind-expanding book, he shows how our understanding of reality has changed throughout centuries, from Democritus to loop quantum gravity.

Taking us on a wondrous journey, he invites us to imagine a whole new world where black holes are waiting to explode, spacetime is made up of grains, and infinity does not exist -- a vast universe still largely undiscovered.

Translated by Simon Carnell and Erica Segre

‘As readers of his bestselling Seven Brief Lessons on Physics will know, Rovelli writes with elegance, clarity and charm. This new book, too, is a joy to read as well as being an intellectual feast’ – The New Statesman

You can order Carlo Rovelli's new book, The Order of Timenow.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141983219
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 202 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm


'A global superstar... Professor Rovelli is making the grammar of the universe accessible to a new generation' - Channel 4 News 

'The most fun physicist to be with -- as well as the greatest explainer of physics' - Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times 

'Surely Rovelli deserves the title 'world's most inspiring physics teacher' - Daily Telegraph 

'The physicist transforming how we see the universe' - Financial Times 

'The new Hawking... His writing is luminous. By the time I had finished reading I was in serious awe of the author' - David Aaronovitch, The Times 

'This is a really, really good book about science. It's like a tonic for the mind. Carlo Rovelli is a physicist so of course this book is about physics. But it's much more than that. It's about thinking clearly... He gives beautifully clear explanations of the ideas of the cleverest people in history, from Democritus, via Newton, to Einstein and beyond.' - Evening Standard 

'Rather brilliant... for fans of cutting-edge physics made accessible' - Mark Haddon

'The latest thinking in physics is distilled in this primer... Why do you need yet another popularisation of theoretical physics? Because Rovelli writes with crystalline simplicity. And because he turns quantum physics into a coherent story, shaping it as a quest for a single, underlying "substratum" of reality - from Democritus's finite, indivisible atoms to Einstein' - James McConnachie, Sunday Times 

'A comprehensive guide to the bewitching adventure of physics' - Daily Telegraph 

'Rovelli writes with elegance, clarity and charm... A joy to read, as well as being an intellectual feast' - Michael Brooks, New Statesman 

'Be prepared for your intellectual foundations to be vaporised... Carlo Rovelli will melt your synapses with this exploration of physical reality and what the universe is formed of at the very deepest level... Quantum gravity is so new that there aren't many popular books about it. You couldn't be in better hands than Rovelli, a world expert' - Tara Shears, The Times Higher Education 

'Like all great thinkers, Rovelli has a talent for simplicity. His prose is lucid and poetic... It's not a scientific treatise. It's a paean to the wonder of the natural world... I scraped a C in my Physics O-level and haven't been near a physics textbook since. If I can understand - and even enjoy - Rovelli's book, then anyone can' - William Cook, Spectator 

'A marvel... In exquisitely written pages Rovelli seeks to bridge the divide between what CP Snow called the "Two Cultures" of science and the arts' - Ian Thomson, Guardian 

'May genuinely alter how you see the world' - Tom Whipple, The Times 

'If your desire to be awestruck by the universe we inhabit needs refreshing, theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli is up to the task' - Elle

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“Mind expanding ”

I nabbed a proof copy of this having loved Rovelli's previous book. I much prefer his style of writing and approach to complicated subjects over other popular science/physics authors I've read. He makes very... More

Hardback edition
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“Conceptual game changer”

The greatest personal epiphany arising from this cutting edge book is the realisation that space is not a container in which reality happens but is an actual part of the fabric of reality.

The author draws tellingly... More

Paperback edition
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“Reality Is Not What It Seems”

Definitely the best I've read. Could not put it down. Even e-mailed the author to let him know how good it was.

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