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There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness


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A delightful intellectual feast from the bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics.

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Carlo Rovelli (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, Helgoland, Reality Is Not What It Seems and The Order of Time are international bestsellers which have been translated into forty-three languages.


Superb. Rovelli's journalism is an expression of the scientific desire to know and understand the world. Beautifully translated by Erica Segre and Simon Carnell, There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important than Kindness continues a tradition of jargon-free popular scientific writing from Galileo to Darwin that disappeared in the academic specialization of the last century -- Ian Thomson * Evening Standard *
With the publication of his million-selling book Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, Rovelli took his place with Stephen Hawking and Richard Feynman as one of the great popularisers of modern theoretical physics -- Sam Leith * Spectator *
The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius for our age -- Robert Fox
Modern physics has found its poet. . . Rovelli is a wonderfully humane, gentle and witty guide for he is as much philosopher and poet as he is a scientist -- John Banville * Irish Times *
The most fun physicist to be with -- as well as the greatest explainer of physics -- Bryan Appleyard * Sunday Times *
A joy of a book - enriching, illuminating, eclectic and far from a conventional science read. . . showcases the light and shade of Rovelli's writing, and the passion for knowledge and curiosity that make him such an engaging writer . . . We need more Rovellis -- Richard Webb * New Scientist *
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
This short collection of writings has something to offer for avid admirers of his work and new Rovelli readers alike * Science Focus *
It remains rare for even the most talented science writers to fuse their work with a deep knowledge of the arts. One such rarity is Carlo Rovelli who, like some intellectual throwback to antiquity, treats the sciences and the humanities as complementary areas of knowledge and is a subtle interpreter of both. . . These finely wrought essays draw on an impressive hinterland of cultural and scientific learning. . . an entertaining and enlightening journey -- Andrew Anthony * Observer *
Rovelli opens windows onto the imagination for all of us -- Antony Gormley
Carlo Rovelli, one of our age's most inspiring thinkers, offers intellectual adventures for the curious * Time Out *
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
Carlo Rovelli's imaginative rigour, his lively humour and his beautiful writing are inspiring -- Erica Wagner
Illuminating, thought-provoking and suffused with a passion for knowledge and ideas, it is an eclectic and far from conventional science read or gift * New Scientist, Books of the Year *
Rovelli is a masterful short story teller... this book is a joy to read * Physics Education *
A wonderfully discursive and pertinent book that stands as a celebration of the life of the mind and the gifts of an open curiosity -- Hisham Matar

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