Reality Is Not What It Seems

Reality Is Not What It Seems

The Journey to Quantum Gravity

Book - 2017
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Publisher: New York, New York : Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2017
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780735213920
Branch Call Number: 530.143 Rove
Characteristics: 280 pages : illustrations


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Aug 05, 2018

Absolutely brilliant, limpid, understandable and with a warmth rare in science writers. Dr Rovelli is an important scientist and I am grateful that he took the time to write this book on a subject that in his hands becomes completely approachable. Highly recommended!

Jun 14, 2018

A superb science book. Rovelli gives a comprehensible explanation of quantum mechanics and quantum gravity. He reviews our increase in understanding step-by-step from Democritus through Newton, Faraday, and Einstein to the present day. Rivals the clarity of Simon Singh's work to explain cosmology in Big Bang.

squib May 05, 2018

undoubtedly the most thorough illustration of quantum physics -- loop quantum gravity theory -- which brings us up to date with the cutting edge of defining our physical cosmos. It fills in so many blanks without retreading so much of the early days of the exploration of quantum mechanics.

highly recommended for those interested in the subject.

SFPL_danielay Apr 09, 2018

After giving us an overview of major ideas in physics in "Seven Brief Lessons on Physics" Rovelli takes on the much more difficult topic of quantum theory and quantum gravity and tries to make the general reader understand some of the concepts and theories associated with these theories. I found it interesting and mind-boggling but not as impossible to follow as I had feared. I no way could I explain quantum gravity to anybody after reading this book but hopefully the next time I hear something about quantum loops or the absence of time at the quantum level there will be more than a spark of recognition in my brain.

Mar 31, 2018

The gradient gets pretty steep when he covers 20th century physics, but one should not be intimidated. He also emphasizes every place where Italy plays a role, such as Einstein spending a lot of time in Italy as a boy.

Jan 28, 2017

A great antidote to the excessive hype over string theory, multiverses etc. Loop Quantum Gravity may well be the key to aligning quantum theory with general relativity, and this book manages to explain it in understandable terms.


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