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  • Another triumph by quantum physicist Rovelli, who makes his own field of science approachable without losing a sense of authority. He mixes history with contemporary research to describe a "relational" universe in which nothing is permanent or absolute and everything depends on interactions between objects.

    Financial Times, Best Books of the Year
  • In this masterly work, Rovelli embraces and explores the mysteries and contradictions of quantum theory

    The Times, Best Books of the Year
  • Carlo Rovelli takes on the mystery of quantum theory. He conjures a bewildering world, where objects are defined by whatever they interact with...

    Guardian, Books of the Year
  • Popular science has rarely been so good

    Prospect
  • Theoretical physics often feels rather mystical. This mind-bending, lively book by the bestselling physicist Carlo Rovelli reinforces that other-wordly feeling. . . unforgettable

    The Times, Best Books to Read This Summer
  • Travelogue meets biography meets a masterful explanation of quantum theory in this warm and fascinating account

    Guardian Summer Reads
  • A great tonic for long-isolated minds . . . a thrilling story, written with Rovelli's accustomed wit and panache. After reading him, you'll look at the grains of beach sand between your toes with an entirely new eye

    John Banville, Irish Independent
  • My other great love these days is for Carlo Rovelli, who is often called the poet of physics. He writes elegant, wondering, enlarging books on time and quantum theory, much in the spirit of a priest bringing the word of God to his congregation, and I've found it good for my soul to be confronted with how little I understand the world and everything in it

    Sarah Perry, Guardian
  • The greatest populariser of physics today. . . Rovelli's clarity of exposition would be enough to make the book a triumph. What elevates it even more is the deep humanity he brings to his subject . . . we are left in a world that is not disenchanted by science, but even more magical

    Julian Baggini, Financial Times
  • It is the genius of Carlo Rovelli - in my opinion the most poetic and lucid popular science writer since Richard Dawkins - to evoke the mystical aspect of physics. . . His new book, Helgoland is his most beautiful yet. . . leaves an unforgettable impression of its author as a man struggling at the furthest limits of human comprehension

    James Marriott, The Times

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