Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
Everything you need to know about modern physics, the universe and your place in the world in seven enlightening lessons
'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. And it's breathtaking'
These seven short lessons guide us, with simplicity and clarity, through the scientific revolution that s...more
Don't get me wrong, Carlo Rovelli knows his stuff when it comes to physics and gives us postcar ...more
― Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
At the highest level a discussion of physics doesn't just operate on a mathematical level, but a poetic and philosophical level as well. Look closely at the writings of Aristotle, Lucretius, Einstein and Feynman, and one disc ...more
A theoretical physicist philosophical guide to modern physics. It’s written as an assessable introduction for people unfamiliar with the concepts. Successfully, I believe. A lot of times beginner guides are overly simple for the first chapter and then require years of study to understand the rest of the book. At less than 100 pages, you can’t expect a thorough explanation and quantum physics is mind-bending. You might want the text to best appreciate ...more
The fabrics of reality, as we try to understand it now, is described in this book in a visionary language. We are able to follow a journey through centuries, to see links between the greatest mind influencers of all ages.
I do too feel better about myself and my lapses in 'daily toil'. Cheers!!!
In his youth Albert Einstein ...more
But this compact little book is not really physics. Yeah yeah, it’s written by a physicist and talks about relativity and black holes and nature of time and all kinds of quantum everything, and even boasts one supposedly simple and elegant equation (I’m not an expert on equations beauty, so I have to trust Rovelli on that front).
“A handful of types of elementary particles, which vibrate and fluctuate constantly between existence and nonexistenc...more
These are such complex theories, that were so dumbed- down it was impossible to read at times.
I really like physics. It explains how everything works, and it’s a discipline that doesn’t dogmatically cling to outmoded ideas when new evidence suggests that everything we thought we knew was completely and totally erroneous (I, conversely, very much enjoy clinging dogmatically to outmoded ideas, including, but not limited to, the idea that parachute pants are cool, Van Hagar was the best incarnation of Van Halen, and i ...more
It is at times poetic, always interesting and forever thought-provoking. It is a beautifully bound hardback (if you have that copy), small enough to take with you everywhere and enjoy anywhere, and tactile enough to let you enjoy what you have just read in a way many books do not allow.
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These seven brief lessons about physics are interesting, enlightening, and (more or less) accessible to non-scientists. The author, Carlo Rovelli, is a theoretical physicist with great enthusiasm for his subject matter.
The lessons (which I'm greatly simplifying) include:
Special Theory of Relativity: The faster you move, the slower time passes. This would be really obvious if you could travel at the speed of light.
General Theory of Relativity: Space is not empty, but composed of particles of so ...more
It's always welcome to read someone who's working from the conviction that these ideas should be accessible to everyone, not just a coterie of science graduates, and Rovelli certainly has an appealing turn of phrase. For instance: talking about Hawking radiation in the context of c ...more
Without footnotes pointing to the more exacting details of physics, what is the audience for this book? The Sunday Supplements? The readers won't learn much--for exampl ...more
Rovelli does a good job of explaining complex concepts in plain language. Some of it did not come through very well but the book has served its purpose - to give me a sense of the basic problems and concepts of modern physics. In 80 pages, I cannot exp ...more
This little book is a summary of the seven major science subjects condensed into seven lessons of no more than twelve pages each.
It is written for readers like me, who know little about modern science and are grateful to get to know a little more.
The first lesson is dedicated to Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, “the most beautiful of theories.”
Newton, the great father of modern science, had his ideas about “the for ...more
This was quite nice, not least since it is clearly written and covers quite a lot of ground in what is a remarkably small amount of space. The author is a physicist, not that that is much of ...more
Brief though these lessons may be, simple they are not. The preface elucidates that these are lessons for those who have little to no knowledge of modern science and serve to provide a quick general overview of “the most fascinating aspects of the revolution that has occurred in physics in the twentieth century”. My formal science studies stopped ...more
1. Trying to understand Physics will melt your brain.
2. Gravity is like a giant snail shell around us that ripples like a sea - it's an omnipresent sea snail, and it's also the sea, and all the currents and my analogy is confusing.
3. A person further from the ground ages faster than one at sea level, so I'm moving my desk to the bottom of a mineshaft.
4. Actually, time isn't really a thing - you only think it is, silly human ...more
With the passing of the years the time seemed right to confront this particular demon. How fortunate for me that I was able to do so with the help of Carlo Rovelli. These seven bite sized lessons are clearly and elegantly written. The last one is beautifully writte ...more
"It is not against nature to be curious: it is in our nature to be so."
This was an interesting little book. I am not a scientist, far from it, and spend most of the time in Humanities subjects. I was however curious to see what the author could communicate in such a short format. Well, still not entirely sure...
Rovelli goes from the 'macro' perspective of cosmology, gravity and Einstein's famous theory of relativity, to the 'micro' one of quantum mechanics, focusing on particles. The article ...more
First up, let's discuss the fact that the cover of this is plain stunning. I have to say that the cover art was the initial reason I had an interest in reading this book, and once I heard what it was I was intrigu ...more
310516 first review: my father is a scientist (chemical physics) and my fathe ...more
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