From the best-selling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics comes a new audiobook about the mind-bending nature of the universe.
Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Reality Is Not What It Seems by Carlo Rovelli, read by Roy McMillan.
What are time and space made of? Where does matter come from? And what exactly is reality?
Scientist Carlo Rovelli has spent his whole life exploring these questions and pushing the boundaries of what we know. Here he explains how our image of the world has changed throughout centuries. From Aristotle to Albert Einstein, Michael Faraday to the Higgs boson, he takes us on a wondrous journey to show us that beyond our ever-changing idea of reality is a whole new world that has yet to be discovered.
©2016 Carlo Rovelli (P)2016 Penguin AudioBooks
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"Rovelli is a master"
This and Seven Brief Lessons are two of my favorite books of the year. Rovelli communicates advanced physics clearly, with imagination, and with such a great sense of humanity and the arts. I rarely listen to books twice, but these are the exceptions.
"Sparkling foundational history of physics"
The history makes sense of current thought
Then listen to the last half as many times as it takes.
Requires some knowledge of science, but definitely trying to also speak to the non-physicist . Great also for those needing the latest on physics. New concepts on space, time and gravity.
"Eye opening and mind expanding"
This was the first audiobook that I listened to in one weekend and one of the very few that I will listen to again.
Put it on your list now.
"Nothing really new here."
Explained really well though and doesn't get bogged down, will listen again, to get a better grasp on the concepts covered, although author tends to ridicule anything spiritual, but at the same time explains how little we do know!
"One of my favourites"
This book is not only a mesmerising account of both the story and world of physics (that somehow manages to be both eloquently worded and yet still simple enough for a person of average intelligence to grasp) but is also read with all the passion and character I can imagine Rovelli penning it with.
"An absolutely outstanding book."
Great book for anyone, with very good narration! You will not be able to stop listening and you'll ask for more...
"Reaching out for understanding"
One of the very best.
Logical, clear and honest about this fascinating area of science.
Content and performance combine to make this a memorable experience.
A wonderful, almost poetic scientific exposition of quantum gravity and related developments which you will enjoy, I feel sure even as a non scientist.
Roy McMillan manages to convey the enthusiasm, wonder and clarity of Carlo Rovelli's staggering masterpiece
The way he put the story was on point! good summary of physics and it was so smooth to listen to this book
Rovelli manages to show the listener/reader a simpler explanation of quantum mechanics and introduces you to the struggles faced by physicists to unify Quantum Field theory and General relativity. I wouldn't consider myself even an amateur (I only understand about 50% of a brief history of time) however I found this to be a remarkable listen. The narration is very good aswell. 9/10 would recommend to like minded people.
"Fascinating, Thought-Provoking, Baffling."
The beauty of the writing. I've never come across a book that made me appreciate the beauty and possibilities of science in so clear a manner.
The author leads us from philosophers of ancient Greece, to the first true scientists, through the "gods" of physics, to the boundaries of our current knowledge. Thankfully, there's very few equations (except to show their simplistic beauty (at some level)). Instead, a series of thought experiments and analogies are presented that are thought-provoking, if at times baffling. They do, however, inspire the listener to want to know more.
I've never come across a book that made me think of the beauty of science (never mind theoretical physics) before. This book left me with the inspiration to know more.
I cannot claim to understand all of this book on first listening. As the book progressed I moved from understanding to confusion to appreciation to wonder. However, the beauty of the writing makes clear the beauty of the underlying search for the truth of the natural world. Without doubt, this is a book that I will return to again and again.
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