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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics (2014)

by Carlo Rovelli

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An introduction to modern physics by a founder of the loop quantum gravity theory shares seven succinct lessons on topics ranging from general relativity and quantum mechanics to elementary particles and black holes.

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Rovelli is a talented writer--or has a talented English translator, and these basic lectures on physics are engaging and the speculative content is well gauged. What isn't well-gauged is having the audiobook read by Rovelli. It takes a while to get use to his heavily accented English and his tendency to pronounce the "ed" on the end of words as a separate syllable. Still, it does give you a sense of the author's personality you would otherwise miss, and at less than two hours, you don't have to put up with it for too long. ( )
  datrappert | May 16, 2023 |
No more than a pamphlet - seven brief newspaper articles collected together - and thus extremely short, such that publishing it is a book is really a bit of a push. But very good for all that, and perhaps because of it. It's brevity is the real accomplishment, the quality of the writing is incidental, the lack of footnotes and sources inevitable. ( )
  Quickpint | Feb 5, 2023 |
Read Hawking instead. Same material mostly but Hawking goes into just a bit more detail. ( )
  jcvogan1 | Jan 22, 2023 |
Read second time, for book club. Still enjoyed. ( )
  steve02476 | Jan 3, 2023 |
Me gustó más el orden del tiempo. Temas interesantes ( )
  Alvaritogn | Jul 17, 2022 |
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These lessons were written for those who know little or nothing about modern science. (Preface)
In his youth Albert Einstein spent a year loafing aimlessly.
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An introduction to modern physics by a founder of the loop quantum gravity theory shares seven succinct lessons on topics ranging from general relativity and quantum mechanics to elementary particles and black holes.

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«Ci sono frontiere, dove stiamo imparando, e brucia il nostro desiderio di sapere. Sono nelle profondità più minute del tessuto dello spazio, nelle origini del cosmo, nella natura del tempo, nel fato dei buchi neri, e nel funzionamento del nostro stesso pensiero. Qui, sul bordo di quello che sappiamo, a contatto con l'oceano di quanto non sappiamo, brillano il mistero del mondo, la bellezza del mondo, e ci lasciano senza fiato». Tale è il presupposto di queste «brevi lezioni», che ci guidano, con ammirevole trasparenza, attraverso alcune tappe inevitabili della rivoluzione che ha scosso la fisica nel secolo XX e la scuote tuttora: a partire dalla teoria della relatività generale di Einstein e della meccanica quantistica fino alle questioni aperte sulla architettura del cosmo, sulle particelle elementari, sulla gravità quantistica, sulla natura del tempo e della mente.
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