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'Rovelli is a genius and an amazing communicator' Neil GaimanInstant Sunday Times bestseller: the... Read More

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'Rovelli is a genius and an amazing communicator' Neil GaimanInstant Sunday Times bestseller: the hb had glowing reviews and 7 book of the year picks - hailed as 'a triumph' (FT), 'masterful' (Guardian), 'unforgettable' (Times)Superstar author: one of our most influential scientists and thinkers, only Rovelli could explain the unexplainable -- how quantum physics really works. Helgoland tells the story of quantum from the beginning and introduces his own theoryHuge audience: we have sold over 750,000 copies of Rovelli's books across formats and they have been translated into 43 languages. His many fans include Neil Gaiman, Sarah Perry, Philip Pullman, David Baddiel, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Hockney and Morgan FreemanHigh-impact campaign: the pb will be supported by a very ambitious publicity and marketing campaign. Every time Rovelli does broadcast the book instantly spikes.Carlo Rovelli is a theoretical physicist who has made significant contributions to the physics of space and time. He has worked in Italy and the US, and is currently directing the quantum gravity research group of the Centre de physique théorique in Marseille, France. His books Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, Helgoland, Reality Is Not What It Seems and The Order of Time are international bestsellers which have been translated into forty-three languages.Popular science has rarely been so goodThe greatest populariser of physics today. . . We are left in a world that is not disenchanted by science, but even more magical. A triumphTheoretical physics often feels rather mystical. This mind-bending, lively book by the bestselling physicist Carlo Rovelli reinforces that other-wordly feeling. . . unforgettableRovelli is often called the poet of physics. He writes elegant, wondering, enlarging books on time and quantum theory, much in the spirit of a priest bringing the word of God to his congregation, and I've found it good for my soul to be confronted with how little I understand the world and everything in it

One of the warmest, most elegant and most lucid interpreters of the dazzling enigmas of his discipline. . . A momentous book

His most beautiful book yet. . . leaves an unforgettable impression of its author as a man struggling at the furthest limits of human comprehensionA deep-thinking, restlessly inquiring spirit. . . His books continue a tradition of popular scientific writing from Galileo to Darwin that disappeared in the academic specialisations of the past centuryAnother brilliant book by Rovelli. . . You'll have fun

If anyone can make sense of the topsy-turvy, counterintuitive world of quantum physics, it is Carlo Rovelli, the most poetically minded of today's science communicators

A remarkably wide-ranging new meditation on quantum theory. . . With the light touch of a skilled storyteller. . . Rovelli is not afraid to mix quantum physics and eastern philosophyA great tonic for long-isolated minds . . . a thrilling story, written with Rovelli's accustomed wit and panache. After reading him, you'll look at the grains of beach sand between your toes with an entirely new eyeInspiring. . . Without mathematics or experiment, by page 81 your thoughts are at the frontier of quantum theoryA delight . . . it is a pleasure to travel in Rovelli's companyTravelogue meets biography meets a masterful explanation of quantum theory in this warm and fascinating accountExplained with uncanny insight and lyrical graceA new vision, one with a remarkable power in delivering new answers to old quantum riddles. . . original and gracefulBracing and refreshing. . . Rovelli is offering a new way to understand not just the world but our place in it, tooCarlo Rovelli is a genius and an amazing communicator. . . What I love about his writing is that it always comes back to people -- people interacting with other people, who are interacting with their world. This is the place where science comes to lifeWhen life feels strange, Rovelli's books remind me that there is beauty in the strangenessRovelli is a brilliant and lucid teacher who uses his understanding of theoretical physics and the quantum world to talk about the complexity of our everyday reality

Carlo Rovelli's imaginative rigour, his lively humour and his beautiful writing are inspiring

Rovelli opens windows onto the imagination for all of usI always find with Carlo Rovelli's books that there are moments when you get a real hit of understanding -- a jigsaw in your mind that just falls into placeHelgoland is a wonderful guide to the most extraordinary story in physics. It will reset your view of the universeHooked me so hard I read the entire book in one sitting. And then twice moreThe old, solid world, if you believed in it at all, breaks into a glorious shimmer of limitless potentialRovelli has an uncanny knack for instilling wonder and explaining complex theories in plain, entertaining waysI'm keen for everyone to read Helgoland: a wonderfully lucid and poetic account of the foundations of quantum physics. It combines a compelling history with Rovelli's own intriguing - and for me very appealing - views about the basis of all things

The instant Sunday Times bestseller -- a beautiful story of rebellion and science

'Popular science has rarely been so good' Prospect

'A triumph. . . We are left in a world that is not disenchanted by science, but even more magical' Financial Times

In June 1925, twenty-three-year-old Werner Heisenberg, suffering from hay fever, had retreated to the treeless, wind-battered island of Helgoland in the North Sea in order to think. Walking all night, by dawn he had wrestled with an idea that would transform the whole of science and our very conception of the world.

In Helgoland Carlo Rovelli tells the story of the birth of quantum physics and its bright young founders who were to become some of the most famous Nobel winners in science. It is a celebration of youthful rebellion and intellectual revolution. An invitation to a magical place.

Here Rovelli illuminates competing interpretations of this science and offers his own original view, describing the world we touch as a fabric woven by relations. Where we, as every other thing around us, exist in our interactions with one another, in a never-ending game of mirrors.

A dazzling work from a celebrated scientist and master storyteller, Helgoland transports us to dizzying heights, reminding us of the many pleasures of the life of the mind.

Translated by Erica Segre and Simon Carnell

Chosen as a Book of the Year by The Times, Financial Times, Sunday Times, Guardian and Prospect

Product Details

Title: Helgoland
Author: Carlo RovelliErica SegreSimon Carnell
SKU: BK0462435
EAN: 9780141993270
Language: English

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Carlo Rovelli is a theoretical physicist who has made significant contributions to the physics of space and time. He has worked in Italy and the US, and is currently directing the quantum gravity research group of the Centre de physique théorique in Marseille, France. His books Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, Helgoland, Reality Is Not What It Seems and The Order of Time are international bestsellers which have been translated into forty-three languages.

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