Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics Summary

The New York Times bestseller from the author of The Order of Timeand Reality Is Not What It Seems, Helgoland, and Anaximander

“One of the year’s most entrancing books about science.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Clear, elegant...a whirlwind tour of some of the biggest ideas in physics.”The New York Times Book Review

This playful, entertaining, and mind-bending introduction to modern physics briskly explains 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. Carlo Rovelli, a renowned theoretical physicist, is a delightfully poetic and philosophical scientific guide. 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. The book celebrates the joy of discovery.  “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 it’s breathtaking.”

Book Reviews


Better Science Than Philosophy2 star

Yet another scientific author compelled to conclude with a political lecture, and another example of how a good scientist often makes for a bad philosopher.25


In the point5 star

As the title says, this book will give you the introduction to physics and open your curiosity. Well explained.55


Interesting read4 star

A great book on the broad lessons that physics had taught us this far.45

Templier jérémy

Loved this book!5 star

Highly recommend this book!55


Jewel of a book!5 star

This book not only explains the big, complicated concepts in physics in language laymen can understand, but calls us to be more fully and truly who and what we are at the same time! Love the humanizing inclusion of philosophy and literature here. A real jewel of a book!55


A quick fun read5 star

Even if you are an enthusiast for the sciences, this is still a wonderful read. The Haters who gave this book a 1 ⭐️ are obviously intimated by it, otherwise something less than 5 stars might be appropriate. To those who did; Your Low Self Esteem is Showing55


Inaccurate1 star

I feel compelled to write a review. I thought this book will give me some ideas on how to explain complex concepts in simple words, but I was stunned by the factual inaccuracy. Didn't get beyond the first lesson. For example, the author says that Einstein became a renowned scientist right after publishing his first papers with multiple offers from prestigious universities. This couldn't be more untrue. I understand that this book is not Einstein's biography, but I feel disturbed that such factual simplification and inaccuracy was allowed to get published. Do not recommend this book, especially for younger readers.15


Poor lessons.....arrogant author5 star

Anyone hoping to read this book and pick up meaningful knowledge on the world of physics will quickly realize the author is more interested with himself rather than teaching his readers meaningful lessons about science.55


Not for enthusiasts2 star

VERY short and doesn't go in depth at all. If you lived under the proverbial rock, it's a great introduction. However if you are like me and love reading about this stuff online and loosely follow physics, there is nothing new.25


Underwhelmed2 star

"Brief lessons"....more like barely existent lessons. Can't believe this is a best seller!25

Other Books by Carlo Rovelli

The Order of Time


The Order of Time
4.5     199
Reality Is Not What It Seems


Reality Is Not What It Seems
4.5     125


4.5     50

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