Seven Brief Lessons on Physics – Carlo Rovelli

Seven Brief Lessons… is a very short book, as advertised, but it is also extremely good. I never really enjoyed science at school, and still am not that interested. This book, however, is one of those books that is engaging enough to alight an interest. I believe this book came from a series of articles written for a newspaper in Rovelli’s homeland, Italy, and none of the ‘lessons’ are much longer than a standard newspaper magazine article.

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics - Carlo Rovelli

There is actually not a lot you can say about this book due to its brevity. It is good, it is interesting, and it is easy to read. Rovelli writes in a very simple manner, not often using subject-specific words unless truly necessary. He explains each of his seven subjects with care, knowing that his audience may not necessarily have ever read about this subject before. For myself the most important thing is that Rovelli admits to the fact scientists do not know everything, he explains to the reader that we have not found everything, and lets us know where we stand at the moment.

This book is great for anyone who wants to know a little more about physics. It is not a book for someone who is studying physics, it is too simple for that. I would recommend it, maybe from the library, to read a lesson a night for a week, and the one you find most interesting you can delve further into.


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