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Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics written and read by Carlo Rovelli. These seven short lessons guide us, with admirable clarity, through the scientific revolution that shook physics in the 20th century and still continues to shake us today.

In this short, playful, entertaining and mind-bending introduction to modern physics, Rovelli explains Einstein's theory of general relativity, quantum mechanics, black holes, the complex architecture of the universe, elementary particles, gravity, and the nature of the mind.

In under 100 pages, readers will understand the most transformative scientific discoveries of the 20th century.

Not since Richard Feynman's celebrated best seller Six Easy Pieces has physics been so vividly, intelligently and entertainingly revealed.

Carlo Rovelli is an eminent physicist with an extraordinary ability to write about complex topics in lucid, clear prose. His book was top of the best-seller charts in Italy for months and has sold over 200,000 copies since publication in November. He is the head of the Équipe de Gravité Quantique at the theoretical physics department of Aix-Marseille University. It has sold in over a dozen languages.

©2015 Carlo Rovelli (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited

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Probably better as non audio book

This book came highly recommended to me. However, I was disappointed mainly because I found the narrator not engaging and difficult to keep up with. It wasn't an easy listen. However, I bought this book for my sister who is about to do astronomy gcse as I think the actual material is good.

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what an amazing book

Carlo rovelli is not just a man who speaks perfect language but intellect who captures the imagination of all things what a book of learning he gives lessons and then lessons take My Breath Away

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  • Mark
  • CARTERTON, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
  • 15-03-17

Fascinating, but....

A fascinating little book, but the narrator's heavily accented English is sometimes difficult to follow. I think it would have been better read by a native English speaker.

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Concise but fascinating

It's remarkable how much territory Carlo Rovelli can cover in these short discussions. Thought provoking and original

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Shallow and disappointing

I came away from this with not a bit of greater understanding. While books by the likes of Brian Greene or even the very short An Introduction To... series aim to give some detail of, say, the structure of atoms, how electrons behave or the questions over gravity, this book seems to merely summarise the broadest outlines, spending more time on summaries of the historical scientists involved in discoveries and wishy washy philosophising on the nature of science and what it means to be human. I was hoping to learn something about physics itself. It felt more like the outline for a glossy TV science doc than a book which was intended to really give the reader or listener any genuine insight into the structure of our world. A bit disappointing.

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Interesting but very brief

This was a really interesting book to listen to, however as per the title very brief

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  • Karen
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An understanding of physics for the layman

This book helps the layman understand the complex world of physics although I did have to go back and listen to sections to really grasp what the narrator was saying.....but the narrator has a voice to die for...I could listen to him all day a very soothing assured voice... and maybe now I am just a tiny bit wiser....

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  • Vinod Ponmanadiyil
  • 11-01-16

breathtaking!

the most breathtaking summary of everything I've learned till now. amazing rendition. privileged to be the audience. thank you.