Observations & meditations on the day-to-day
Reality is not what it seems.
Reading Carlo Rovelli’s deeply engrossing and brilliantly written “Reality is not what it seems.” Very reassuring to see just how tentative, uncertain and sometimes downright incapable the likes of Einstein were on occasion. Rovelli rightly sees this as a virtue: “True genius,” he writes, “is aware of the momentousness of the steps it is taking, and is always hesitant.” Object lesson both for those who sometimes lack confidence – and for those of have an excess of it.
‘A global superstar… Professor Rovelli is making the grammar of the universe accessible to a new generation’ (Channel 4 News)
From the bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics comes a new book about the mind-bending nature of the universe
Do space and time truly exist? What is reality made of? Can we understand its deep texture?
Scientist Carlo Rovelli has spent his whole life exploring these questions and pushing the boundaries of what we know. In this mind-expanding book, he shows how our understanding of reality has changed throughout centuries, from Democritus to loop quantum gravity. Taking us on a wondrous journey, he invites us to imagine a whole new world where black holes are waiting to explode, spacetime is made up of grains, and infinity does not exist — a vast universe still largely undiscovered.
Carlo Rovelli was born in Verona, Italy, in 1956. In the 1970s, he participated in the student political movements in Italian universities. He was involved with the free political radio stations Radio Alice in Bologna and Radio Anguana in Verona, which he helped found. In conjunction with his political activity, he was charged, but later released, for crimes of opinion related to the book Fatti Nostri, which he co-authored with Enrico Palandri, Maurizio Torrealta, and Claudio Piersanti.
In 1981, Rovelli graduated with a BS/MS in Physics from the University of Bologna, and in 1986 he obtained his PhD at the University of Padova, Italy. Rovelli refused military service, which was compulsory in Italy at the time, and was therefore briefly detained in 1987. He held postdoctoral positions at the University of Rome, Trieste, and at Yale University. Rovelli was on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh from 1990 to 2000. He is currently at the Aix-Marseille University, in the Centre de Physique Théorique, in Marseille, France. He has also long held the post of Affiliated Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science of the University of Pittsburgh. He is the first president of the Samy Maroun Center founded in 2014.