Reviews

  • A masterful exposition on the state of quantum physics ... spellbinding

    Financial Times
  • Quantum mechanics is perhaps the most successful theory ever formulated. The only problem with it, argues Lee Smolin, is that it is wrong. He attempts to examine other options for a theory of the atomic world ... a fount of provocative ideas ... lucid, upbeat and, finally, optimistic

    Nature
  • An inventive and provocative thinker, as well as an engaging writer ... lucid, searingly honest, impassioned, inspiring

    Physics World
  • Full of extraordinary ideas ... a new theory of everything ... Smolin's promised solution, when it comes, is just comprehensible enough for us to see that it's beautiful

    The Times
  • As the latest entry into the conversation, Smolin's book feels the most immediate and personal. Here is no detached narrator, but an active participant in the fray who perceives the debate over the nature of reality in personal terms. . . While the way forward remains elusive, Smolin and others who seek to illuminate how physics got to where it is today are at least making the quest for answers a bit less costly

    Globe and Mail
  • Smolin is an extremely creative thinker who has been a leader in theoretical physics for many years. He is also a gifted writer who manages to translate his own insights about how science works into engaging language and compelling stories . . . Smolin's description of how quantum mechanics works is both elegant and accessible

    NPR
  • The best explanation yet of what has yet to be explained.

    George Dyson, author of Turing’s Cathedral