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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics (CD-Audio)

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With increasing freqency, great stides are made in physics. Dark matter, the Higgs-Boson, quantum teleportation, and most recently, confirmation of the existence of gravitational waves raise questions about the structure of the universe that seem more relevantthan ever. Yet if you're not steeped already in theoretical physics, it can be difficult to make sense of the signifiance of these discoveries. How can space ripple? How can a black hole generate matter? And, not least, so what? Enter Seven Brief Lessons on Physics. Already a bestseller in Italy, Rovelli's slim distillation of the major breakthroughts of the twentieth-- and twenty-first centuries is an elegant dip into a very complication and ever-evolving subject. In short, consider-- even eloquent-- chapters, Rovelli touches on quantum mechanics, general relativity, thermodynamics, and perhaps most significantly, our own role in all of this mind-bending, head-spinning hubbub.

— Chris

March 2016 Indie Next List

“With a deft sensibility associated more often with poetry than theoretical physics, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics not only makes understandable the transcendent physical discoveries of the past century, but also reveals their powerful relevance to the human spirit. A revelatory and concise account of quantum mechanics, relativity, and the delight in both finding answers and seeking new questions, this jewel of a book lyrically demystifies the extraordinary realities of the cosmos.”
— Robin J. Dunn (W), St. John's College Bookstore, Annapolis, MD


The New York Times bestseller from the author of The Order of Time and Reality Is Not What It Seems

“One of the year’s most entrancing books about science.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Clear, elegant...a whirlwind tour of some of the biggest ideas in physics.”The New York Times Book Review

This playful, entertaining, and mind-bending introduction to modern physics briskly explains Einstein's general relativity, quantum mechanics, elementary particles, gravity, black holes, the complex architecture of the universe, and the role humans play in this weird and wonderful world. Carlo Rovelli, a renowned theoretical physicist, is a delightfully poetic and philosophical scientific guide. He takes us to the frontiers of our knowledge: to the most minute reaches of the fabric of space, back to the origins of the cosmos, and into the workings of our minds. The book celebrates the joy of discovery.  “Here, on the edge of what we know, in contact with the ocean of the unknown, shines the mystery and the beauty of the world,” Rovelli writes. “And it’s breathtaking.”

About the Author

Carlo Rovelli, an Italian theoretical physicist, is the head of the quantum gravity group at the Centre de Physique Théorique of Aix-Marseille Université. He is one of the founders of the loop quantum gravity theory. Rovelli lives in Marseille, France.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781524723385
ISBN-10: 152472338X
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
Language: English