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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics | Carlo Rovelli
A startling and illustrative distillation of centuries of science.The Economist Lean, lucid and enchanting.New Scientist The international bestseller that reveals all the beauty of modern physics in seven short and enlightening lessons Seven Brief Lessons on Physics is a book about the joy of discovery. Carlo Rovelli brings a playful, entertaining, and mind-bending introduction to modern physics, offering surprisingand surprisingly easy to graspexplanations of Einstein's general relativity, quantum mechanics, elementary particles, gravity, black holes, the complex architecture of the universe, and the role humans play in this weird and wonderful world. He takes us to the frontiers of our knowledge: to the most minute reaches of the fabric of space, back to the origins of the cosmos, and into the workings of our minds. Here, on the edge of what we know, in contact with the ocean of the unknown, shines the mystery and the beauty of the world, Rovelli writes. And its breathtaking.From the Hardcover edition.
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mklong
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“Here on the edge of what we know, in contact with the ocean of the unknown, shines the mystery and beauty of the world. And it‘s breathtaking.”

What a delightful book. Rovelli shows not only the beauty of our universe, but the beauty of the curiosity and wonder that lead us to discoveries about it.

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zezeki
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Here are two science reads from my collection that I hope to remove from my TBR soon. 😅😅📚📚 #science #nonfic

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Angitron
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A sweet quick read detailing the biggest mysteries in physics. It‘s written in a way that‘s easy to understand, but still mind-blowing. The universe is amazing!

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Rbabyblue
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Such a pretty cover!

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jenniferw88
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1) Any day Anne Hegerty is the chaser! 😂😂😂
2) Taylor Swift
3) Coffee and biscuits round a friend's
4) Tagged.

#premondayvibes @pepsicola

pepsicola Thanks for playing! 9mo
Jazzyheather Saturday, Beegie Adair, work and cleaning, and The Victory Garden. 9mo
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Andno.86
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As the title suggests, it is seven very brief lessons on physics. Short, fairly simple excepts of bigger ideas in physics. Feels like an introduction or a snapshot of modern science.

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ericas
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We need it!

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janerzy
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Science that tries to understand and explain the world and eventually us (the brains) is, after all, interconnected and accorded with philosophy. Isn‘t it.

Nature is our home, and in nature we are at home.

Smart, simple, beautiful. In the midst of everything “hurry up and offense” around me, am so glad I picked up this book, sat down, and found great joy.

#physics #wearemadeupofthesameatoms #wearenature #philosophy #smart #beautiful #joy

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scowler1
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Profound short book, I recommend reading one lesson at a time and stopping a while to ponder the magnitude of what you've just tried to comprehend. Excellent!

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dissemination
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Good overview of contemporary physics, if at times a little overbearing.

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jdtchicago

We are perhaps the only species on Earth to be conscious of the inevitability of our individual mortality. I fear that soon we shall also have to become the only species that will knowingly watch the coming of its own collective demise, or at least the demise of its civilization.

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elizabethlk
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I've been pretty interested in physics lately, so I'm trying to learn more. This was a a wonderful introduction, the kind intended for anyone interested in physics who perhaps didn't study science past the age of 15 (like me). It introduces fascinating concepts in a way that is easy to understand. Definitely recommended.

Bookishthoughts Nice review! 2y
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elizabethlk
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Bed head reading selfie for #riotgrams (it's a good book too).

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SandyW
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Not the best choice for audio-cooking. Much of it was over my head and the author's accent meant I should have been paying closer attention, so I missed a lot. This will definitely require a re-read, and I think I will benefit from reading this in print.
Overall, an interesting look at physics, a subject I don't understand well.

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CouronneDhiver
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Fascinating!

(and excellent narration)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

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CouronneDhiver
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A couple new audiobooks for my commute... 🎧

#CurrentlyListening

amvs1111 I recently read the Rovelli book. Interesting and quick listen! 2y
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amvs1111
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I can't fully comprehend much of it but this sounds like a love letter written to physics, mathematics, and the cosmos. Beautifully written and it's possible that I may be learning something.

#currentlylistening

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Tjackson
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4/52 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5. Although I did not comprehend much what the author had written, I am intrigued by what I did understand and motivated to learn even more about certain topics. Chapter 3 on cosmos was my favorite and the last Chapter was very thought-provoking. He is a very talented writer. He writes about science and the unknown with such beautiful language.

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Tjackson
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Just one more chapter to finish, but my brain is hurting a little. He is a great writer and loves physics. I learned some things, but not sure it will stick without further reading. Lesson 3 on Cosmos is my favorite chapter so far, but last one has a lot of promise.

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Tjackson
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This book came highly recommended to me from a very smart, science-minded, PhD friend of mine. I read lesson one twice and I‘m not sure if I comprehended very much from lesson one, but I‘m determined to read the book knowing that I might not understand most of it. Physics is not my interest, but I‘m sure I am capable of learning something new from this challenging little book of complex ideas!

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CaseyMoore
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Nice, quick read that takes one further and further out into the universe before turning back to us humans. Good way to spend an afternoon or evening reading.

CaseyMoore And now to read a book on Falstaff. From physics to Shakespeare (and probably back again). 2y
Tjackson What is the title of the Falstaff book you are reading? 2y
CaseyMoore @Tjackson Falstaff by Harold Bloom. Finished it today. Nice look at the character and the Henriad History Plays. 2y
Tjackson Thanks! I am spending “my year with Will” and I am looking forward to reading a variety of books about him and his works. 2y
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La_Cori
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I studied Physics and it never was my favourite subject, but I really enjoyed this book with all its semplicity!!!
(That's an old picture from my instagram)

#Novemberbythenumbers @Tiffy_Reads @JoeStalksBeck

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MrBook
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@BookBabe & I had brunch today with the amazing former owners of the legendary River Run Bookstore, which is in Hastings-On-the-Hudson, NY. Louisa is in #ThePoconoBookClub but couldn't make today's meeting, so we met up with her and her husband at Cafe Duet to discuss books, publishing, running a bookstore, and this wee book on physics. Lol, what an eclectic conversation. Such wonderful, incredible people. I had my usual chorizo-egg sandwich. 😁

RealBooks4ever Sounds like a lovely time! 💜 2y
Zelma Great photo! 👍 2y
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Homoglobinopathy
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😍

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DaniRa
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A very quick and short read that has me wanting to know more but I would have called it 7 brief tidbits because I didn't get a lesson out of them...still had me intrigued to learn more about physics though so I'll say it is a pick

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Lindy
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I believe that our species will not last long. It does not seem to be made of the stuff that has allowed the turtle, for example, to continue to exist more or less unchanged for hundreds of millions of years, for hundreds of times longer than we have been in existence. We belong to a short-lived genus of species. All of our cousins are already extinct.

saresmoore And THAT is why the mermaids will soon dominate! But, seriously, that's a great point about the dead cousins. We are pretty smug with our bipedal, opposable-thumbed, outsize brained selves. 3y
batsy Thanks for reminding me about this book! That's a great quote. I'm with @saresmoore about our smug selves 😔 3y
Lindy @batsy @saresmoore The passage was too long to all fit. The next part is about the damage we do, climate & environmental changes: "For Earth they may turn out to be a small irrelevant blip, but I do not think we will outlast them unscathed." 3y
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Lindy
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What is heat? What is time? What is space? What is still unknown? I don't know how Rovelli manages to make science so easy to understand for nonscientists. His passion for the beauty of our world comes through clearly. I liked this even better than his Reality Is Not What It Seems.

kspenmoll Great short, accessible, book. Agreed with your post. 😃 3y
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Lindy
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A university student attending lectures on general relativity in the morning and others on quantum mechanics in the afternoon might be forgiven for concluding that his professors are fools or have neglected to communicate with one another for at least a century. In the morning the world is curved space where everything is continuous; in the afternoon it is a flat space where quanta of energy leap.

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Lindy
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Before experiments, measurements, mathematics, and rigorous deductions, science is above all about visions. Science begins with a vision. Scientific thought is fed by the capacity to "see" things differently than they have previously been seen.

saresmoore What a great truth! I'm going to share this with my kiddos. 3y
Lindy @saresmoore Nice! This is a wonderful book. 3y
DeborahSmall ❤️ brilliant 3y
kspenmoll Very well said! 3y
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DaniRa
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While I didn't feel this book did much in the way of teaching me anything, it still piqued my interest to read more about physics..

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DaniRa
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An afternoon cocktail with a side of Physics...seems legit to me. 😜...

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Lindy
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"Perhaps anyone reading this will still be able to appreciate its wonderful simplicity."

Rovelli's enthusiasm for the beauty of this equation (which shows that space and gravitational field are the same thing) makes me happy, even though all I can glean from the equation is a wonder at the mathematical genius in its creation.

Betty Huh? 😳 3y
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Lindy
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A handful of types of elementary particles, which vibrate and fluctuate constantly between existence and nonexistence and swarm in space, even when it seems that there is nothing there, combine to infinity like the letters of a cosmic alphabet to tell the immense history of galaxies; of the innumerable stars; of sunlight; of mountains, woods and fields of grain; of the smiling faces of the young at parties; and of the night sky studded with stars.

saresmoore Beautiful. Is this really a book about physics? 3y
Bibliogeekery Gorgeous! 3y
Lindy @saresmoore Indeed it is. A small-format hardcover, only 81 pages. 3y
Lindy @Bibliogeekery That passage gave a shiver of pleasure. 😊 3y
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dawn_oak
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We are like the only child who on growing up realized that the world doesn't not revolve around them alone, as they thought when they were little. They must learn to be amongst others. Mirrored by others and by other things, we learn who we are...

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mllemay
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So fascinating! The author really simplifies complex scientific theories and makes them much more palatable for people like me who aren't very well-versed in them. I felt like I understood most of what he explained and it is as breathtaking as he says it is. You can really feel his love and amazement for the subject. I especially enjoyed the last lesson, where he discusses how all those theories interact with and shape humans.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I really enjoyed this one too! 3y
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Cancocom
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About to start!!!

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MEGR
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"You don't get anywhere by not "wasting" time-something, unfortunately, that the parents of teenagers tend to frequently forget."

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shuva
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⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤❤ read for me. It took a long time to finish as I had to look up a lot of the concepts and meanings.

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DaniRa
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#marchintoreading #marchtbr ambitious for me but really hoping to read these this month! 😁

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DaniRa
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Woohooo new books! 😍

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LittleWonder
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If you love science, but scared of physics - then give this short little book a try! I loved it and will probably read it again before it gets returned to the library. Like Thomas Dolby says..."SCIENCE!"

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LittleWonder
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Some light reading (96 pages) on a full moon Friday night. #LitsyPartyOfOne Received the candy today from a subscription box - perfect timing!!! 😊

KellyMuser Enjoy!!!📚🍫🎉 3y
LittleWonder @KellyMuser Thx! 😊📚🌝⭐️ 3y
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Genius hesitates.

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FaisalJ
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It simplifies the lessons of physics for a layman to understand. It shows how interesting, mind blowing and contradictory physics really is. By the end of the book, it left me feeling humbled at the vastness of our universe. The last chapter moved me. 8/10

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LiteraryFiend86
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Time for a quick and thoughtful adventure!!

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Books_Wine_Repeat
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Seven very brief lessons or summaries on quantum physics, quantum mechanics, quanta, time and probability. This is the taste test of lessons on physics. I'd recommend this if you're looking to delve into more comprehensive books on physics. The audiobook was narrated by the author. #24in48

ashsbookmarks My husband loved this book. He went on a binge a couple months ago and bought a bunch of books with that theme 😊 3y
Books_Wine_Repeat @ashsbookmarks Awesome! I have his other book on hold. It's interesting stuff and he makes it understandable. 3y
DrexEdit I bought this one a couple of months ago because it looked interesting. So glad to know you liked it! I may have to move it up the TBR list! 3y
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Qemorio
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This was exactly the book I needed. People I know love physics, I honestly don't get it and what I do get makes me feel tiny and insignificant. This book explained is as plain a terms as is available some of the basic principles of physics. I am by no means an expert now but I do feel like I have a clearer understanding of what it's all about. This is a great book for the everyman who wants to have a little better understanding of Physics.

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lisakoby
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Some of my best reads of 2016, but my best, as defined by the ones I come back to the most often are The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead and Seven Brief Lessons in Physics. Both well written with concepts that stayed with me far after I finished them. #seasonsreadings2016 #bestof2016 #TopReadsof2016

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Qemorio
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Reading on a plane again. We're heading home.

tapgurl This time last year I was about to head to Your city! I can't wait to go back. Four days wasn't enough! 3y
Qemorio @tapgurl oh no four days is barely enough to scratch the surface. Hope you can make it back soon! 3y
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