Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

Everything you need to know about the beauty of modern physics in less than 100 pages.In seven brief lessons, Italian theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli guides readers with admirable clarity through the most transformative physics breakthroughs of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This playful, entertaining and mind-bending introduction to modern physics, already a major bestseller in Italy, explains general relativity, quantum mechanics...


Details Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

TitleSeven Brief Lessons on Physics
ISBN9780399184413
Author
Release DateMar 1st, 2016
PublisherRiverhead Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction, Science, Physics, Favorites, Philosophy
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  • Darwin8u
    2016-03-20
    "Physics opens windows through which we see far into the distance. What we see does not cease to astound us. We realize that we are full of prejudices and that our intuitive image of the world is partial, parochial, inadequate."― Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on PhysicsAt 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 Aris...
  • Brian Clegg
    2015-11-11
    This strikes me as the kind of book that would really impress an arts graduate who thought it was giving deep insights into science in an elegant fashion, but for me it was a triumph of style over substance - far too little content to do justice to the subject. It is, in effect, seven articles strung together as a mini-book that can be read comfortably in an hour, but is priced like a full-length work.Don't get me wrong, Carlo Rovelli knows his s...
  • Kevin Kelsey
    2017-06-02
    This book explained the basic concepts of physics, and major breakthroughs in the field over the years in such an effortlessly poetic way, that I couldn't help but be drawn in and understand them a little bit better. Really fantastic stuff.
  • ☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ❂❤❣
    2018-04-08
    Ok, I admit to some of my sins. I picked this up to make myself feel better on my loafing, which is something that keeps happening often! I might be deluding myself... or not.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 'da...
  • Elizabeth
    2016-07-12
    This review was originally published on the books and pieces blog. In those moments of life when the grim figures of anxiety, stress, or panic grip me tight and threaten to never let go, I have learned that the one thing sure to scare them off is a nice little face-off with the end of the universe.That’s my super casual way of saying I’ve been having a bit of a hard time with anxiety recently. Anxiety is a fucker because it messes with my abi...
  • Sean Gibson
    2017-04-04
    It should be noted as a point of fact that “brief” does not mean “simple.”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 ar...
  • Jamie
    2017-01-15
    Quick read. I felt the author talked about himself more than any of the theories he was trying to convey in his book. These are such complex theories, that were so dumbed- down it was impossible to read at times.
  • Warwick
    2016-11-22
    Engaging but over-slight summary of a few foundational concepts of modern physics, including special relativity, quantum theory, the standard model, as well as some leading hypothetical ideas like loop quantum gravity.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: t...
  • Panagiotis
    2016-06-07
    Ο Ροβέλι είναι μια εξέχουσα μορφή της θεωρητικής φυσικής. Πέραν της καθαρά ερευνητικής του δραστηριότητας, γράφει σε μια Ιταλική εφημερίδα, φέρνοντας τον καθημερινό άνθρωπο λίγο πιο κοντά στα επιτεύγματα της φυσικής. Σε τούτο το βιβλίο μαζεύει τ...
  • Roberto
    2015-03-21
    Chi sa sa, chi non sa continua a non sapereQueste sette lezioni (che poi sono sei più una parte dedicata a riflessioni generali sull’uomo) sono parzialmente tratte da una serie di articoli pubblicati dall’autore sul “Sole 24 Ore”.Le lezioni trattano, in 88 pagine complessive, cosucce come la relatività generale di Einstein, la meccanica quantistica, le particelle elementari, l’architettura del cosmo, i buchi neri ed altro ancora.Arriv...
  • Barbara
    2016-12-07
    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: S...
  • Riku Sayuj
    2017-08-20
    Short and sweet. Six extremely brief lessons on six crucial areas of Physics and a final one on where we fit into all of it. Rovelli starts with General Relativity and shows us how elegant and simple it is - to re-imagine space as a place that bends, stretches, and interacts with the stars. What a leap of imagination it must have taken to think of emptiness itself as an object which interacts. Rovelli says that that is a key to modern physics, th...
  • Manny
    2017-09-15
    Carlo Rovelli considers that everything is relational, and things only exist in virtue of their interactions with other things, so it's perhaps appropriate that I read Setti brevi lezioni di fisica in the way I did. Rovelli knows physics and Italian, and has used that knowledge to produce the book, so there is a relationship R between the book, physics and Italian. Most readers will know Italian, have the book in front of them, and make use of R ...
  • Douglas
    2016-01-11
    As a poem, this is quite beautiful. As a brief lesson, I'm confused. If the purpose was to ignite curiosity, I suppose this book met its objective. If its purpose was to distill the laws of physics into a comprehensible narrative, I'm afraid it did not work for me. I'm more confused now than when I started. I'm admittedly just starting my exploration of physics, but so far to me it seems like a subject you need to do a deep dive. Though this writ...
  • Neva
    2016-12-14
    Прочетох я бързо, преведох я бавно, редактирах я мууудно... Но какво е това във Вселена, в която "Хайзенберг допуска, че електроните невинаги съществуват..."? Нищо :)Много поучителна и със забавни моменти като този, в който авторът (кликнете, кликнете, ...
  • Nooilforpacifists
    2016-03-04
    Why is everyone so crazy for this book? It's written on in the most abstract generalities (yet he can't resist including the general relativity equation for gravity without explanation). It's a high-level history almost anyone could have written, with one chapter expressing the favorite European flavor of the day: "we're doomed." Without footnotes pointing to the more exacting details of physics, what is the audience for this book? The Sunday Sup...
  • Matteo Fumagalli
    2017-11-16
    "Non siamo curiosi contro natura, siamo curiosi per natura. [...] Nasciamo e moriamo come nascono e muoiono le stelle, sia individualmente che collettivamente. Questa è la nostra realtà. Per noi, proprio per la sua natura effimera, la vita è preziosa."
  • Sam Quixote
    2016-07-26
    I wish I was more interested in reading about science because every time I hear about a science story or read a random article in New Scientist, I’m always impressed – science is great and my knowledge of it is pitifully lacking. But when it comes to tackling even a 200 page science book, I know I’m setting myself up for a fall and I inevitably abandon it. Still, as Carlo Rovelli writes, “It is part of our nature to long to know more, and...
  • Orsodimondo
    2015-05-18
    DE RERUM NATURASono pagine che raccontano di gente che con lo sguardo sapeva spaziare oltre l’orizzonte.Sono pagine sulla bellezza. E su occhi nuovi per vedere il mondo.Il mondo continua a cambiare sotto i nostri occhi, man mano che lo vediamo meglio.Siamo polvere di stelle.
  • Melora
    2017-03-14
    I adore the ideas of quantum mechanics and particle physics, and I have yet to find an author capable of explaining them to me in a way that sticks in my brain for any length of time. While I'm reading or listening, I'm absolutely entranced, but once the “interaction” is over my understanding flickers out of existence like one of those elusive little Heisenberg particles. I have “quantum understanding.” Still, given this handicap, I found...
  • Kaitlin
    2016-03-28
    Hmm this one was an interesting read. It's basically a rough introduction to Physics told through 7 different mini lessons. The ideas within the book are of course pretty complex, but the author has 'dumbed-down' or simplified it as much as possible to make it as accessible as possible.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 thi...
  • Paulo Pires
    2015-10-06
    4.7Um livro surpreendente ... Este é um livro pequeno em tamanho mas grande no potencial e na mensagem que transmite. Recebi ontem e li no mesmo dia!Achei deliciosa a forma como é apresentada a física, como de uma forma simples nos é oferecido o universo e aguçada a curiosidade para os assuntos abordados.Apreciei o cuidado que o autor teve no discurso, no privilegiar de uma mensagem clara, limpa e perceptível (dentro do possível) ao comum ...
  • Amin
    2017-09-14
    بزرگترین ویژگی این کتاب کوچک به عنوان اثری برای معرفی مفاهیم فیزیک این است که با تئوری نسبیت عام شروع می کند. یعنی به تاریخ و مفاهیمی که شاید بارها از فیزیک نیوتونی و مکانیک شنیده ایم باز نمی گردد و مبنا را از فیزیک مدرن میگذارد تا در حجمی اندک به آخر...
  • TS Chan
    2018-01-29
    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. 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 twe...
  • Veronique
    2017-04-22
    3.5"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 qua...
  • Chiara
    2017-01-28
    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. Meraviglioso. Carlo Rovelli mi aiuta, tra i tanti, in quel processo di riconciliazione con la fisica che purtroppo è iniziato tardi. E lo fa andando oltre l'enunciazione delle varie teorie che compongono i vari quesiti della fisica moderna: la panoramica offerta vaga dalle più pr...
  • Charlotte Jones
    2015-12-27
    I was really excited about reading this book and unfortunately I was completely disappointed with this one.The book itself is gorgeous; a jacketless hardback with copper foiling, this intrigued me from the first time I saw it.This is marketed as a simple starter book of physics, told in seven lessons. However, I felt that this book was extremely superficial, giving too much of the authors own bias despite being extremely simple. I also found that...
  • Maurizio Codogno
    2015-02-19
    Inizio subito con una doverosa precisazione: anche se Carlo Rovelli è un fisico, questo libriccino è pensato per chi di fisica - intesa nel senso moderno - proprio non ne vuole sentire parlare. C'è solo una formula, piazzata lì a metà, ma è chiaro che è stata messa così per bellezza: non viene spiegata, e potete tranquillamente saltarla (io l'ho saltata). Lo scopo di Rovelli è di fare "fisica umanistica"; più che spiegare come oggi noi ...
  • John
    2017-06-14
    At school Physics was a mystery to me and one which I preferred to keep that way. The teachers didn't help. The beginning of my school week was made even more wretched by having a double dose of Physics first thing on a Monday morning.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 ele...