Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

Language & Reference, Popular Science, Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 30/06/2016
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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
Accessible and simple introduction
If you are looking for a simple introduction into the heavy subject of quantum physics, this is a book. This book will make you curious to read more about ... READ MORE


Short, sharp summaries of seven key principles of physics - for the uninitiated, this is as clear-sighted, unintimidating and accessible an introduction as you could hope to find.


We belong to a short-lived genus or species… All our cousins are already extinct. What’s more, we do damage.

Explaining the complex with relatable simplicity to make sense of ideas that seem too big to grasp is the methodology that leading theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli applies to the writing of his slim book, which aims to show ‘those who know little or nothing about modern science’ that musing on the mysteries of the world need not be for the chosen few.

First finding life as a series for the culture section of an Italian newspaper, Rovelli’s book initially left Fifty Shades of Grey in the dust on publication in Italy. The lessons cover Einstein’s general theory of relativity, quantum mechanics, the architecture of the cosmos, elementary particles, gravity, the nature of the mind and black holes.

One of the founders of loop quantum gravity theory, Rovelli, author of Reality is Not What It Seems, is the director of the quantum gravity group at the Centre de Physique Theorique of Aix-Marseille University in Provence, so it is particularly admirable that he writes on these heavy subjects with a light touch that is, relative to the subject, both vivid and entertaining.

But there are no definitive answers here. Rovelli lays the basics out to be consumed, but also explains the open-endedness of it all, even for each field’s experts.

'The man who makes physics sexy... 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

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

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141981727
  • Number of pages: 96
  • Weight: 90g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 7 mm

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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
Sorry but found this less than inspiring. Unless you want a low level introduction to the subjects covered then I would suggest you find another book
Richard Mountford
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
7 brief lessons of physics
It has left me hungry for more reading on the subject.
Rosetta LaManno
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
Not for younger readers, I think.
I was hoping, from the description that maybe I could inspire something in my bright 11 year old grandson's life, to enthuse him about science in general, ... READ MORE
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
Reality is interaction
This remarkable little book is replete with many such aphorisms which brilliantly distil the gist of some of the most significant and demanding ideas of th... READ MORE
Tim Dumble
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
One day...and I had finished it.
I found it fascinating and easy to understand. Some mind blowing theories out there.
Paul Saville
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
Exciting, compelling, and even beautiful
This is a book that should be read, read and reread. Luckily it is eminently readable, so this won't not be a trial! Each chapter is as brief as promised, ... READ MORE
Katherine Lavender
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
A great little book
A book for everyone's bookshelf. Such a readable, informative and accessible book. I bought copies for my children as well as myself. In turn they have bou... READ MORE
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
Beautiful, passionate writing about science. Complex ideas simply expressed with love for the subject.
Scott Beveridge