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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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    Stefan Richter Leicester, United Kingdom 28/11/2016
    Stefan Richter Leicester, United Kingdom 28/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mike UK 22/12/2016
    Mike UK 22/12/2016 Member Since 2013
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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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Townsend 28/11/2016 Member Since 2014
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Petrit 13/12/2016
    Petrit 13/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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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
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    Den 25/11/2016
    Den 25/11/2016 Member Since 2014
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David 11/11/2016
    David 11/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Meirion 26/10/2016
    Meirion 26/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant book"

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

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    BEHNAZ 11/12/2016
    BEHNAZ 11/12/2016 Member Since 2017
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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

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    Yomi UK 13/03/2017
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    "A brave attempt to explain Quantum Gravity to ..."

    ... the lay readers, but rather than elaborate examples which help the reader Intuit the concepts, though difficult, the book reads like a history of Quantum Gravity itself.
    it is more the history of the players in the construction of the theories that underpin Quantum Gravity.
    Finally, I was quite underwhelmed by the latter chapters on information, which read like padding to me, maybe because of my background in maths and programming.

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    Mr. Mark J. Edwards 09/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "What a book, Excellent in every way"
    Where does Reality Is Not What It Seems rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audio book is so engaging. I enjoy the process of thought experiments and this book has opened up so many new ideas. I don't know whether my ideas hold any merit, but I have managed to construct ideas which encompass how the big bang started, a new size to the universe and loose ideas of quantum gravity, this book is so well laid out and the explanations are clear and descriptive.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Reality Is Not What It Seems?

    I still have quite a bit of the book to go, but the description of space its self being a field of gravity was mind blowing and has open up whole new avenues I can explore.


    What about Roy McMillan’s performance did you like?

    Well read in every way, pleasant to listen to and easy to digest.


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

    I had to listen and repeat, if there was an area of knowledge I was unsure of, I repeated it until I understood the deeper meaning.
    Someone might say there are blackholes at the centre of galaxies, you can just appreciate that fact or you can then dive deeper to understand how these object acts in curving space, which enable you to get closer to the true nature of a black hole, but I don't believe you can ever reach an actual understanding of the true nature of any thing.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to introduce an question. I understand black hole are singularities, I also know that the event horizon expands as the black hole consumes matter, but could at any point, the centre of a singularity, if there is such a thing reach absolute zero and stop energy from vibrating, how much mass would this black hole need and what would be the outcome.

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  • Robert A. Shapiro
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    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
    05/11/16
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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
    02/11/16
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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
  • Tanyush
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    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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