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Quantum physicist, New York Times best-selling author, and BBC host Jim Al-Khalili offers a fascinating and illuminating look at what physics reveals about the world.

Shining a light on the most profound insights revealed by modern physics, Jim Al-Khalili invites us all to understand what this crucially important science tells us about the universe and the nature of reality itself.

Al-Khalili begins by introducing the fundamental concepts of space, time, energy, and matter, and then describes the three pillars of modern physics - quantum theory, relativity, and thermodynamics - showing how all three must come together if we are ever to have a full understanding of reality. Using wonderful examples and thought-provoking analogies, Al-Khalili illuminates the physics of the extreme cosmic and quantum scales, the speculative frontiers of the field, and the physics that underpins our everyday experiences and technologies, bringing the listener up to speed with the biggest ideas in physics in just a few sittings. Physics is revealed as an intrepid human quest for ever more foundational principles that accurately explain the natural world we see around us, an undertaking guided by core values such as honesty and doubt. The knowledge discovered by physics both empowers and humbles us, and still, physics continues to delve valiantly into the unknown.

Making even the most enigmatic scientific ideas accessible and captivating, this deeply insightful audiobook illuminates why physics matters to everyone and calls one and all to share in the profound adventure of seeking truth in the world around us.

©2020 Jim Al-Khalili (P)2020 Princeton University Press

Critic Reviews

"A clear, simple, and fascinating account of what physics tells us about our universe, and - crucially - what evidence supports that view, from one of the most talented, inspiring, and informative popularizers of science. A triumph!" (Ian Stewart, author of Do Dice Play God?)

"Clearly written and inviting, even to readers who may not at first consider themselves scientific, The World According to Physics is a book that should be read and appreciated by many." (Jocelyn Bell Burnell, University of Oxford)

"So much science packed into such a tiny package! Jim Al-Khalili manages to give an accessible overview of an enormous amount of modern physics, without it ever feeling rushed. This book will be enjoyed by anyone who wants a glimpse of how modern physicists are thinking about some of the hardest problems in the universe." (Sean Carroll, author of Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime)

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  • KERRY PENDLEY
  • 11-06-2020

EXCELLENT!

Dr. Al-Khalili is one of the best teachers I have encountered. Although I am still struggling with the conservation of information, I

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  • John L Cozad
  • 23-05-2020

Would be better read.

The information was given in a back and forth manner. There were times if alI had the book I would have gone back to teference.

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  • A. Gardiner
  • 06-06-2020

no fluff, good solid physics update

This is a great explanation of the current ideas in physics. I'll need to listen to some chapters a few times but that's why I enjoy Jim Al-Khalili, he doesn't simplify everything and explains complex ideas and what they are about, with the maths sometimes, no bad thing! There are ideas here that I haven't come across before and it is exciting to know what the current concepts are. I really enjoyed the narration, of course Jim is a confident presenter and this comes across in the book. very easy to listen to. a great interview at the end with Jim is well done and adds something to the book. Definitely recommended!

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  • G. Rutter
  • 17-07-2020

Brilliant as always and better with Jim reading

It’s always great to let your mind drift into Jim’s world and in this book that world comes to life. Looking forward to the next one.

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  • ade
  • 04-06-2020

Intriguing

Absorbing content, Jim Al-Kalili makes you want and need to listen to this compilation!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-01-2021

when physics can be friendly

This brilliant book is a perfect example of how someone without mathematical background can understand and appreciate modern physics ideas. I enjoyed a riveting journey to the strange and astonishing world.

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  • Rich
  • 03-01-2021

Jim on usual good form, Audible less so

The book is as expected another hit from Jim, and I’m glad he narrated. Presumably in some other parallel universe Audible delivers this book at an acceptable standard of audio quality, and not the shabby low bitrates on offer here. The authors voice deserves better than this and so do the listeners.

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  • Jim Franklin
  • 24-11-2020

Brilliant.

It doesn't matter if you are Einstein or Cleggy, Jim Sl Kalili delivers an easy to understand, as much as quantum physics can be, insight into the machinations of the Universe, and delivers his words himself, something he really should do more of. The interview at the end of the book is just as fascinating. Good "read" all round.

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