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    Reconciling the big with the small

    This is a mostly well constructed text, a translation of Rovelli's Italian original. I guess that at least one of the translators is a physicist. A few of the analogies used to help explain concepts left me confused and wondering if they work better in the Italian original. Rovelli's chronologically organised text takes us on a journey that feels its way towards reconciliation of theory about the big with theory about the very small. He is careful to slice difficult-to-digest concepts into mostly manageable chunks and laces the physics with fascinating historical and biographical context. The whole is framed within an exposition on the virtues of the scientific method. The physics becomes both more complex and seemingly removed from everyday experience as Rovelli carries us towards and then beyond the edges of what we might know and into the realms of what we most definitely do not know. It took me several goes to feel even a little at home with some of the concepts of quantum physics, but at the same time I found my imagination ever more firmly snared and the book increasingly hard to put down.
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    Really interesting read on physics

    It gives a great overview of the history and development of our knowledge of physics. From the ancient Greeks to our current state of knowledge and a careful look beyond. Almost completely without difficult formula’s, although some 20/21st century theories are - even without formula’s - quite difficult to really understand. This book should be obliged literature for any gymnasium student who has physics as a subject! I read it with great fascination.
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    Really amazing!

    I have been searching for the physics theory that resonated the most and this one is really the closest! Also, written in a literary style that is human.
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