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  • Open Minded Reader

    Carlo Rovelli has opened my mind to quantum loop gravity, I always had suspicions regarding string theory although I would never say never. A nice historic journey regarding the main physicists that began and expanded quantum mechanics right up to the present day, I was so glad that Rovelli considers Paul Dirac the greatest modern physicist after Einstein which is something I have maintained for years. A wonderful book that gets you thinking about the meaning of reality itself, give it a go it is something to be cherished.

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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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  • Complex but riveting. It was worth sticking with!

    The history of those involved in the development of quantum theory and the writer‘s views on it are fascinating. However, without any prior knowledge of quantum theory the book is so fact packed that it is hard to absorb everything and remember it all in just one reading. I would have found a glossary and a timeline helpful. A summary of the key points in a separate publication would also be a welcome extra. I may read it again and make my own notes which might help me better understand the underlying theories and remember more. A study of other simple books on the subject will also be helpful.

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