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
Release DateMar 1st, 2016
PublisherRiverhead Books
GenreScience, Nonfiction, Physics, Philosophy, Audiobook, Writing, Essays, Popular Science, European Literature, Italian Literature, History, Environment, Nature

Reviews Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

  • Darwin8u
    "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
    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...
  • Lori
    Seven Brief Lessons on Physicsby Carlo RovelliA 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 mi...
  • ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    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...
  • Kevin Kelsey
    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.
  • Elizabeth
    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
    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
    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.
  • Joey Woolfardis
    The first thing that needs to be said is that I have overrated this book by at least one star, maybe two. And I reason thusly...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.However...Carlo Rovelli is the Ital...
  • Warwick
    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...
  • Barbara
    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...
  • Panagiotis
    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
    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...
  • RK-ïsme
    One brief book on modern physics for those of us who know nothing of the subject. I recall a friend talking excitedly about quantum physics in 1968. I paid little attention at the time and since. Now I want to understand a bit of this, just a bit. 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 con...
  • Riku Sayuj
    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...
  • Matteo Fumagalli
    "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."
  • Orsodimondo
    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.
  • Manny
    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
    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
    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
    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...
  • Amin
    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...
  • Markus
    SEVEN BRIEF LESSONS ON PHYSICSCarlo Rovelli 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 fa...
  • Scott
    Seven brief sentences on Carlo Rovelli's Seven Brief Lessons On Physics: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 ...
  • Sam Quixote
    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...
  • Alice Lippart
    Quick, easy and interesting.
  • Gülüzar
    Mizah anlayışı ve sosyal zevkleri gelişmiş sayısalcıları bir kez daha çok sevdiğimi farkettim. Maddeye ilişkin bilgilerini, atomların nöronların ilişkilenmelerini gündelik hayata uyguladıklarında her şey o kadar basit görünüyor ki, anlatmam mümkün değil.Rovelli fizikten bahsederken onun sadece matematiksel yanına değil şiirsel, edebi ve felsefik yanlarına da değinmiş. Bununla da kalmamış bize "fizik sadece fizik d...
  • Melora
    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...
  • John
    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...
  • Ned
    Did you know “time” moves faster on top of a mountain? We can all grasp this with a simple exercise and it is immediately self evident. This book was a delightful little piece, reducing over a century of physics to terms that just about anyone can grasp. It helps to have some training in this most wonderful field, but regardless you’ll learn about the simple beauty of general relativity, quantum theory and particle physics. This book will r...