- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (10 August 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780141981727
- ASIN: 0141981725
- Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 0.7 x 12.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 89 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics Paperback – 10 Aug 2016
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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)
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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.
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But as I read on, my dissatisfaction was no less than washed away by Rovelli's graceful manners in discussing Physics.
This is the perfect book to get introduced to Physics. Actual Physicists often fail to describe to the laymen the phenomenas of Physics in order to be factually correct and the material fail to be simple.
While on the other side people like Bill Nye and Tyson overdo the simplicity part and fail to give any actual insight into the world of Physics.
Carlo Rovelli, in this book, in more than perfect manner, bridge the gap. He being a pioneer in Loop Quantum Gravity, is an actual Physicist, and does his job perfectly in introducing the frontiers of Physics to the laymen.
The contents in this book are very compact and leaves almost nothing someone needs to know in a limited scope.
Quite wonderfully, scientific accuracy has not been a scapegoat in this book for the sake of simplicity. And the vice-versa is true, too.
If you are looking to dive deep into the world of Physics, this is the proper gateway.
(And most importantly, this book is not only for laymen. A student/researcher in Physics also can feel the beauty of the book by reading it. I urge the researchers/students to read this book. It is great.
I read it on a 4 years long train journey, from cover to cover. You can, too. And you won't be disappointed.
I have never found a better non-textbook introductory material in LQG which is contained in the last chapter.)
Some may feel it to be too simplistic or plain. But if one has put some genuine thought or effort to make head or tail out of these baffling theories, then he/she would understand that the insights given in the book are the core ideas of these baffling concepts.
The book gives more than a hint why all these seemingly absurd concepts in relativity or quantum mechanics (their mutual contradiction) arise.
It is a light read, gives the feel of the thought process...
A small book that excellently rounds up the conceptual foundations on which present day physics stands.
One word awesomeness.