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Books in brief: Reality is Not What it Seems

Physicist Rovelli is a charming, thought-provoking tour guide as he takes us on “a magical journey out of our common-sense view of things”

By Manjit Kumar   December 2016

reality-not-what-seemsReality is Not What it Seems by Carlo Rovelli (Allen Lane, £16.99)

This hugely engaging book, which leaves the head spinning, was published in Italy before Carlo Rovelli’s international bestseller Seven Brief Lessons on Physics. Rovelli, an Italian theoretical physicist based in Marseille, admits that Seven Lessons was “a synthesis of some of the topics you find here.” But Reality is Not What It Seems is a far more challenging and rewarding read.

At the heart of both books is “loop quantum gravity,” an attempt championed by Rovelli to unite the two great…

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