Seven Brief Lessons on Physics Quotes

Rate this book
Clear rating
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
27,879 ratings, 3.97 average rating, 3,038 reviews
Open Preview
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics Quotes Showing 31-60 of 143
“The world is complex, and we capture it with different languages, each appropriate to the process that we are describing.”
Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
“Nature is behaving with us like that elderly rabbi to whom two men went in order to settle a dispute. Having listened to the first, the rabbi says: “You are in the right.” The second insists on being heard. The rabbi listens to him and says: “You’re also right.” Having overheard from the next room, the rabbi’s wife then calls out, “But they can’t both be in the right!” The rabbi reflects and nods before concluding: “And you’re right too.” A”
Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
“The border is porous. Myths nourish science, and science nourishes myth. But the value of knowledge remains. If we find the antelope, we can eat.”
Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
“Within the immense ocean of galaxies and stars we are in a remote corner; amidst the infinite arabesques of forms which constitute reality we are merely a flourish among innumerably many such flourishes.”
Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
“In quantum mechanics no object has a definite position, except when colliding headlong with something else.”
Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
“An individual is a process: complex, tightly integrated.”
Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
“People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction made between past, present and future is nothing more than a persistent, stubborn illusion.” Illusion”
Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
“When we talk about the big bang or the fabric of space, what we are doing is not a continuation of the free and fantastic stories that humans have told nightly around campfires for hundreds of thousands of years. It is the continuation of something else: of the gaze of those same men in the first light of day looking at tracks left by antelope in the dust of the savannah—scrutinizing and deducting from the details of reality in order to pursue something that we can’t see directly but can follow the traces of.”
Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
“We are like an only child who in growing up realizes that the world does not revolve only around himself, as he thought when little. He must learn to be one among others.”
Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
“In the awareness that we can always be wrong, and therefore ready at any moment to change direction if a new track appears; but knowing also that if we are good enough we will get it right and will find what we are seeking. This is the nature of science. The”
Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
“what does it mean, our being free to make decisions, if our behavior does nothing but follow the predetermined laws of nature?”
Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
“We belong to a short-lived genus of species. All of our cousins are already extinct. What’s more, we do damage. The brutal climate and environmental changes that we have triggered are unlikely to spare us. For”
Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
“I fear that soon we shall also have to become the only species that will knowingly watch the coming of its own collective demise, or at least the demise of its civilization.”
Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
“Physics opens windows through which we see far into the distance. What we see does not cease to astonish us. We realize that we are full of prejudices and that our intuitive image of the world is partial, parochial, inadequate. Earth is not flat; it is not stationary. The world continues to change before our eyes as we gradually see it more extensively and more clearly. If we try to put together what we have learned in the twentieth century about the physical world, the clues point toward something profoundly different from our instinctive understanding of matter, space, and time.”
Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
“The heat of black holes is like the Rosetta stone of physics, written in a combination of three languages- quantum, gravitational, and thermodynamic- still awaiting decipherment in order to reveal the true nature of time.”
Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
“I believe that our species will not last long. It does not seem to be made of the stuff that has allowed the turtle, for example, to continue to exist more or less unchanged for hundreds of millions of years, for hundreds of times longer, that is, than we have even been in existence. We belong to a short-lived genus of species. All of our cousins are already extinct. What’s more, we do damage. The brutal climate and environmental changes that we have triggered are unlikely to spare us. For Earth they may turn out to be a small irrelevant blip, but I do not think that we will outlast them unscathed—especially since public and political opinion prefers to ignore the dangers that we are running, hiding our heads in the sand. We are perhaps the only species on Earth to be conscious of the inevitability of our individual mortality. I fear that soon we shall also have to become the only species that will knowingly watch the coming of its own collective demise, or at least the demise of its civilization.”
Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
“En el mar inmenso de galaxias y estrellas, somos un apartado rincón infinitesimal; entre los infinitos arabescos de formas que componen lo real, nosotros no somos más que un garabato entre muchos.”
Carlo Rovelli, Siete breves lecciones de física
“we have realized that it is our immediate intuitions that are imprecise:”
Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
“We are a species which is naturally moved by curiosity, the only one left of a group of species (the genus Homo) made up of a dozen equally curious species. The other species in the group have already become extinct; some, like the Neanderthals, quite recently, roughly thirty thousand years ago. It is group of species which evolved in Africa, akin to the hierarchical and quarrelsome chimpanzees -- and even more closely akin to the bonobos, the small, peaceful, cheerfully egalitarian and promiscuous type of chimps. A group of species which repeatedly went out of Africa in order to explore new worlds, and went far: as far, eventually, as Patagonia -- and as far, eventually, as the moon.
It is not against our nature to be curious: it is in our nature to be so.”
Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
“We have a hundred billion neurons in our brains, as many as there are stars in a galaxy, with an even more astronomical number of links and potential combinations through which they can interact. We are not conscious of all of this. “We” are the process formed by this entire intricacy, not just by the little of it of which we are conscious.”
Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
“Perhaps it is we who have not yet learned to look at it from just the right point of view, one that would reveal its hidden simplicity.”
Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
“I periodi di vacanza sono quelli in cui si studia meglio, perché non si è distratti dalla scuola.”
Carlo Rovelli, Sette brevi lezioni di fisica
“It is thus that serious scientists are made.”
Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
“Undistracted by schooling, one studies best during vacations”
Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
“Genuis hesitates”
Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
“What does what we know or don't know have to do with the laws that govern the world?”
Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
“The primal substance of our thoughts is an extremely rich gathering of information that’s accumulated, exchanged, and continually elaborated. Even”
Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
“When we talk about the Big Bang or the fabric of space, what we are doing is not a continuation of the free and fantastic stories which humans have told nightly around campfires for hundreds of thousands of years. It is the continuation of something else: of the gaze of those same men in the first light of day looking at tracks left by antelope in the dust of the savannah – scrutinizing and deducting from the details of reality in order to pursue something which we can’t see directly but can follow the traces of. In the awareness that we can always be wrong, and therefore ready at any moment to change direction if a new track appears; but knowing also that if we are good enough we will get it right and will find what we are seeking. This is the nature of science.”
Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
“The sun bends space around itself, and Earth does not turn around it because of a mysterious force but because it is racing directly in a space that inclines, like a marble that rolls in a funnel. There are no mysterious forces generated at the center of the funnel; it is the curved nature of the walls that causes the marble to roll. Planets circle around the sun, and things fall, because space curves.”
Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
“Se non si perde tempo non si arriva da nessuna parte, cosa che i genitori degli adolescenti purtroppo dimenticano spesso.”
Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics