• This is the book I wish I could have written, but am very glad I've read. It's an accessible, persuasive and thorough appraisal of what the most important theory in all of science actually means.

    Jim Al-Khalili
  • Excellent.

    Andrew Crumey, Spectator
  • Ball is an exceptionally talented writer who manages to combine accessibility and thoroughness in razor-sharp prose

    Philip Moriarty, Physics World
  • Riveting ... Ball is an intelligent guide

    Natalie Wolchover, Nature
  • A deeply fascinating book … Philip Ball is a rare writer in having such depth of knowledge of a difficult field, yet retaining the critical eye of an observer. Highly recommended.

    Jon Butterworth, Professor of Physics at UCL and author of SMASHING PHYSICS

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