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Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity Paperback – 1 June 2017

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  • ASIN : 0141983213
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9780141983219
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0141983219
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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

About the Author

Carlo Rovelli is a theoretical physicist who has made significant contributions to the physics of space and time. He has worked in Italy and the US, and is currently directing the quantum gravity research group of the Centre de physique théorique in Marseille, France. His books Seven Brief Lessons on Physics and Reality Is Not What It Seems are international bestsellers translated into forty-one languages.

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Perhaps Dr. Rovelli said nothing new in this book, but the way he said it gave me new insights into previously acquired facts about the world of physics. His vast sweep took us from Thales of Miletus (b. 624BC) to 2014. I experienced at least one "Aha!" or "I'll be damned; of course!" per chapter. This is an outstanding "something for everyone" book of physics, history and character studies. Read it, re-read it, then loan it to your best friend.
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