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Carlo Rovelli

Author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

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Carlo Rovelli is a theoretical physicist who has made significant contributions to the physics of space and time. His books Seven Brief Lessons on Physics. Reality Is Not What It Seems, The Order of Time, and There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness are show more international bestsellers that have been translated into more than fifty languages. show less

Works by Carlo Rovelli

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics (2015) 2,335 copies
The Order of Time (2017) 1,616 copies
Anaximander (2011) 249 copies
White Holes (2023) 102 copies
Quantum Gravity (2004) 46 copies

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This books makes me wish for exposure to such profound scientific history and concepts during my school years, or at least, paying closer attention to the subject matter.

Through accessible prose, this book guides you through the evolution of human understanding- weaving history and science seamlessly.

For those who missed out on science education like I did, this book offers a profound opportunity to learn and reflect.
Rovelli's work is a must-read for anyone curious about the universe and our place within it.… (more)
selsha | 23 other reviews | Feb 7, 2024 |
I think I've found one of my new favourite authors.

I first came across Rovelli with HELGOLAND, and his intertwining of science and philosophy really grabbed me.

This one was equally enjoyable, but for different reasons. These short, sharp piece illuminate just how wide-ranging Rovelli's interests are, from Nabokov to the African plains, from the existence of god to the wonder of black holes.

And in each case, his clear, thoughtful prose pulls me right in.

Amazing author, incredible mind.… (more)
TobinElliott | 3 other reviews | Jan 23, 2024 |
Amazing theories about something we really don't know much about. Rovelli first deconstructs our current suppositions about time, and there are so many. Then he explores a world without time as we know it. Then he reconstructs a concept of time that we can live with. Truly mind blowing, and there is only one formula in the whole shebang. I listened to it (read by Benedict Cumberbach) and then bought a hardback copy for further readings.
jemisonreads | 44 other reviews | Jan 22, 2024 |
Time is a human experience, it does not exist independently in the physical description of the world. This is a difficult but beautiful book, I read parts of it two or three times. Rovelli destroys the naive concept of time as a physical variable, by reference to the special and general theories of relativity, that show the duration of events vary depending on where the events occur in a gravitational field. His reconstruction of what time is for us starts with entropy, and he argues that the apparent flow of time is due to the low entropy of the primordial universe. He then locates time in our memory of our experiences, the story of our lives. The chapters open with verses from Horace's Odes, and Rovelli quotes from Hindu myths, discusses Husserl and Heidegger, recommends Proust as an expert in the science of memory. The penultimate chapter has a summary of the arguments of the rest of the book, and the last chapter is a reflection on the fear of death. p 142 "It is memory that solders together the processes, scattered across time, of which we are made. In this sense we exist in time. It is for this reason that I am the same person today that I was yesterday"… (more)
neurodrew | 44 other reviews | Jan 19, 2024 |



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