The Consolations of Physics: Why the Wonders of the Universe Can Make You Happy (Hardback)Tim Radford (author)
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'A beautiful, inspiring reflection on science, humanity, space, and matter - this would blow Boethius's mind.' - Sarah Bakewell
The Consolations of Physics is an eloquent manifesto for physics. In an age where uncertainty and division is rife, Tim Radford, science editor of the Guardian for twenty-five years, turns to the wonders of the universe for consolation.
From the launch of the Voyager spacecraft and how it furthered our understanding of planets, stars and galaxies to the planet composed entirely of diamond and graphite and the sound of a blacksmith's anvil; from the hole NASA drilled in the heavens to the discovery of the Higgs Boson and the endeavours to prove the Big Bang, The Consolations of Physics will guide you from a tiny particle to the marvels of outer space.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 278 g
Dimensions: 207 x 162 x 21 mm
'Beautiful, joyful, inspiring. A celebration of physicists' quest to understand the universe, from one of the best science writers around.' - Jo Marchant
'The book is like a great wine, both complex and powerful, whilst be also being hugely enjoyable to glug down. It's rare that you get a book that connects Dante's Divine Comedy to the Higgs boson and the geology of limestone cliffs, and this weaving together two thousand's years of intellectual thought is one of the many delights of this book. It's a hymn to scientific endeavour.' - Professor Mark Miodownik
'Wow. I have never given more than a moments thought to the Voyager project before - but now I'm just a little in love with it. Suddenly I see physics as altruistic. Physicists are searching for answers to the big questions - freely accepting that they will never know if they were right or wrong. And Tim Radford's writing is so beautiful. It reads like poetry. Love poetry. It's a book more about life and passion than physics, I thought. Bravo.' - Suzanne O'Sullivan