6 things to know about Carlo Rovelli's new audiobook read by Benedict Cumberbatch

We're excited to announce that Benedict Cumberbatch will be reading the audiobook for Carlo Rovelli's new book, The Order of Time. Here we share with you six interesting facts about the collaboration.

1. In this latest book, Carlo Rovelli, physicist and bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physicsunravels the mystery of time itself, inviting us to imagine a world where time is in us and we are not in time.

2. Benedict Cumberbatch is a huge fan of Carlo Rovelli, and professed to carrying Seven Brief Lessons on Physics around "like a small Bible".

3. In The Order of Time, Carlo Rovelli explores for the first time a problem that has drive a lifetime of research - the question: 'what is time?'

4. Since its publication, Carlo Rovelli's bestselling Seven Brief Lessons on Physics has been translated into 41 languages and sold 1.3 million copies worldwide.

5. In Italy, the Italian version of The Order of Time has been the top selling non-fiction title every week since its publication.

6. The Order of Time publishes in the UK on 26th April.

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The Order of Time

Carlo Rovelli


'A dazzling book . . . the new Stephen Hawking' - Sunday Times
'Modern physics has found its poet. A captivating, fascinating, profoundly beautiful book' - John Banville

The bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics takes us on an enchanting, consoling journey to discover the meaning of time

'We are time. We are this space, this clearing opened by the traces of memory inside the connections between our neurons. We are memory. We are nostalgia. We are longing for a future that will not come.'

Time is a mystery that does not cease to puzzle us. Philosophers, artists and poets have long explored its meaning while scientists have found that its structure is different from the simple intuition we have of it. From Boltzmann to quantum theory, from Einstein to loop quantum gravity, our understanding of time has been undergoing radical transformations. Time flows at a different speed in different places, the past and the future differ far less than we might think, and the very notion of the present evaporates in the vast universe.

With his extraordinary charm and sense of wonder, bringing together science, philosophy and art, Carlo Rovelli unravels this mystery. Enlightening and consoling, The Order of Time shows that to understand ourselves we need to reflect on time -- and to understand time we need to reflect on ourselves.

Translated by Simon Carnell and Erica Segre

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