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Reality Is Not What It Seems Audiobook

Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity

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Publisher's Summary

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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    nathan 26/04/2017
    nathan 26/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Visuals?"

    Really good book but I think this form of non fiction requires pictures videos and interactive components

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Robert A. Shapiro
    Washington, DC USA
    21/10/16
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Reasonably Dubious
    5/11/16
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    "Sparkling foundational history of physics"

    The history makes sense of current thought
    Then listen to the last half as many times as it takes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rich
    2/11/16
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    "great"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • R W Hagen
    3/08/17
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    "A beautifully written and engaging text"

    One of the best audiobooks I have listened to and always in my library. I have listened to the book three times so far and still working on catching all the details, but have enjoyed listening immensely each time. Carlo Rovelli manages to inject poetry into quantum physics, his enthusiasm for his subject is infectious, and Roy McMillan narration is fantastic. The book gives a very good overview of quantum gravity and spin foam theory in their historical context. Wholeheartedly and unreservedly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tanyush
    Switzerland
    18/03/17
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    "The most brilliant book on physics"

    I just couldn't stop listening to this book. I am totally in love with the stories, narration, the view on history and physics evolvement.
    May be it's because the author is an Italian? but his way of describing complex theories beautifully, poetically and sometimes metaphorically makes this book absolutely unique. I hope he'll continue writing.
    Highly recommended!

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  • Stefan Richter
    Leicester, United Kingdom
    28/11/16
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    "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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    UK
    22/12/16
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    "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!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Nathan Townsend
    28/11/16
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    "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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • David
    11/11/16
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    "Read this"

    A wonderful, almost poetic scientific exposition of quantum gravity and related developments which you will enjoy, I feel sure even as a non scientist.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Den
    25/11/16
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    "Reaching out for understanding"
    Where does Reality Is Not What It Seems rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the very best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Logical, clear and honest about this fascinating area of science.


    Have you listened to any of Roy McMillan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Content and performance combine to make this a memorable experience.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Director
    Midlands, UK
    25/06/17
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    "Outstanding"

    This is the book I've been waiting for. Well reasoned, great structure and narrated beautifully.

    I can't claim that I understood everything but that just means I'll be going back for a 2nd and maybe even 3rd listening!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Petrit
    13/12/16
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    "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...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Meirion
    26/10/16
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    "Brilliant book"

    Roy McMillan manages to convey the enthusiasm, wonder and clarity of Carlo Rovelli's staggering masterpiece

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • BEHNAZ
    11/12/16
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    "On point"

    The way he put the story was on point! good summary of physics and it was so smooth to listen to this book

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Goronwy-Wyn
    Cardiff, United Kingdom
    8/08/17
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    "Excellent."

    With 2 degrees in Control and Systems engineering I was smug when starting to listen to this, my hero's Faraday and Einstein were put in there place, Richard Feynman was added to the mix, time was eliminated and re introduced.
    I was sad to say my smugness had gone by chapter 4. But the genius of Shannon redeemed my memory. A book that demands a glass of single malt and a comfy chair.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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