Carlo Rovelli Helgoland

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The instant Sunday Times bestseller -- a riveting story of rebellion, revolution and science

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 one of our most celebrated scientists 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

About the Author

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 theorique in Marseille, France. His books Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, Reality Is Not What It Seems, and The Order of Time are international bestsellers which have been translated into forty-one languages.

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'My other great love these days is for Carlo Rovelli, who is often called the poet of physics. I have spent much of the pandemic shivering in the back garden at night, looking at the moon and stars, and this has led to my haltingly learning as much physics as I have the capacity to do. Rovelli 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.'
- Sarah Perry, Guardian

'One of the warmest, most elegant and most lucid interpreters to the laity of the dazzling enigmas of his discipline... A potentially momentous book... takes Heisenberg as an exemplary figure, one with the "visionary force of a rebellious, critical spirit . . . capable of redesigning our world from scratch." It is a description that, with a slight slackening of emphasis, might fit Mr. Rovelli himself'
- John Banville, Wall Street Journal

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