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Reality is not what it seems : the journey to quantum gravity

Author: Carlo Rovelli; Simon Carnell; Erica Segre
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Riverhead trade paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"What are the elementary ingredients of the world? Do time and space exist? And what exactly is reality? In elegant and accessible prose, theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli leads us on a wondrous journey from Democritus to Einstein, from Michael Faraday to gravitational waves, and from classical physics to his own work in quantum gravity. As he shows us how the idea of reality has evolved over time, Rovelli offers  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carlo Rovelli; Simon Carnell; Erica Segre
ISBN: 9780735213937 0735213933
OCLC Number: 1014063482
Language Note: In English; translated from Italian.
Description: 280 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm
Contents: Grains --
The classics --
Albert --
Quanta --
Spacetime is quantum --
Quantum of space --
Time does not exist --
Beyond the big bang --
Empirical confirmations? --
Quantum black holes --
The end of infinity --
Information --
Mystery.
Other Titles: Realtà non è come ci appare.
Responsibility: Carlo Rovelli ; translated by Simon Carnell and Erica Segre.

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"What are the elementary ingredients of the world? Do time and space exist? And what exactly is reality? In elegant and accessible prose, theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli leads us on a wondrous journey from Democritus to Einstein, from Michael Faraday to gravitational waves, and from classical physics to his own work in quantum gravity. As he shows us how the idea of reality has evolved over time, Rovelli offers deeper explanations of the theories he introduced so concisely in Seven Brief Lessons on Physics"--Page 4 of cover.

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