Reality Is Not What It Seems
'An utter joy' (Adam Rutherford)
'A hugely engaging book ... Rovelli is a charming, thought-provoking tour guide' (Manjit Kumar, Prospect)
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
'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, the Guardian)
'A global superstar ... Professor Rovelli is making the grammar of the universe accessible to a new generation' (Channel 4 News)
'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)
Rather brilliant ... for fans of cutting-edge physics made accessible' (Mark Haddon)
'Rovelli writes with elegance, clarity and charm ... A joy to read, as well as being an intellectual feast' (Michael Brooks, New Statesman)
|Publication date||1 June 2017|
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