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The Number One bestselling author of The Order of Time is back with a stunning book about the enigma of quantum physics

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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 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.


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 *
Travelogue meets biography meets a masterful explanation of quantum theory in this warm and fascinating account of what happened when young Werner Heisenberg went to Helgoland in 1925 * Guardian Summer Reads *
It is the genius of Carlo Rovelli - in my opinion the most poetic and lucid popular science writer since Richard Dawkins - to evoke the mystical aspect of physics. . . His new book, Helgoland is his most beautiful yet. . . leaves an unforgettable impression of its author as a man struggling at the furthest limits of human comprehension -- James Marriott * The Times *
The greatest populariser of physics today. . . Rovelli's clarity of exposition would be enough to make the book a triumph. What elevates it even more is the deep humanity he brings to his subject . . . we are left in a world that is not disenchanted by science, but even more magical -- Julian Baggini * Financial Times *
Rovelli is a 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 century -- Ian Thomson * Observer *
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 philosophy -- Manjit Kumar * Guardian *
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 * The Times *
Inspiring. . . On Helgoland, says Rovelli, Heisenberg almost got the philosophical approach to quantum theory right. Ever since, we've been getting it wrong. . . Without mathematics or experiment, by page 81 your thoughts are at the frontier of quantum theory, and it's time for your second brain-cudgelling walk -- Alexander Masters * Spectator *
A delight . . . it is a pleasure to travel in Rovelli's company * New Statesman *
Carlo 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 life -- Neil Gaiman
When life feels strange, Rovelli's books remind me that there is beauty in the strangeness -- Johny Pitts
Carlo Rovelli's imaginative rigour, his lively humour and his beautiful writing are inspiring -- Erica Wagner
Rovelli 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 -- Russell Brand
Rovelli opens windows onto the imagination for all of us -- Antony Gormley
I 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 place -- Robin Ince
Helgoland is a wonderful guide to the most extraordinary story in physics. It will reset your view of the universe -- Marcus du Sautoy, author of Thinking Better: The Art of the Shortcut
The old, solid world, if you believed in it at all, breaks into a glorious shimmer of limitless potential -- Brian Morton * Tablet *
Beautifully written. . . a fine introduction to a notoriously difficult topic * Sky at Night Magazine *
Rovelli has an uncanny knack for instilling wonder and explaining complex theories in plain, entertaining ways * Irish Times *

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