Carlo Rovelli is a theoretical physicist who has made significant contributions to the physics of space and time. He has worked in Italy and the US, and is currently directing the Quantum Gravity research group of the Centre de Physique Theorique in Marseille, France. His books Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, Reality Is Not What It Seems, and The Order of Time are international bestsellers that have been translated into over forty languages.
Praise for Helgoland
"One of the warmest, most elegant and most lucid interpreters to the laity of the dazzling enigmas of his discipline...[a] momentous book" John Banville, The Wall Street Journal "Bracing and refreshing...Rovelli is offering a new way to understand not just the world but our place in it, too." --NPR "A remarkably wide-ranging new meditation on quantum theory with the light touch of a skilled storyteller." The Guardian "Rovelli tackles both the quantum realm and the ways it helps us make sense of the mind with refreshing clarity and without hand-wavy mystery-mongering" --The New York Times Book Review "Explained with uncanny insight and lyrical grace." --TIME "This entertaining and legible guide paints the history of quantum theory and lays out its possible meanings." --Scientific American "[An] intellectually exhilarating dive into the profoundest scientific conundrums." --Booklist, STARRED REVIEW "Physicist Rovelli (The Order of Time) dazzles with this look at the 'almost psychedelic experience' of understanding quantum theory...These are big ideas, but Rovelli easily leads readers through the knotty logic, often with lyricism...Readers who follow along will be left in awe." --Publisher's Weekly, STARRED REVIEW "Charmingly idiosyncratic. . . . [Rovelli is] perhaps the finest author now writing on physics and the quantum world." --The Article "Rovelli is a genius and an amazing communicator... This is the place where science comes to life." --Neil Gaiman "Helgoland is Rovelli's most beautiful yet... Unforgettable." The London Times "Another brilliant book by Rovelli, who is emerging as the most approachable yet authoritative contemporary writer about quantum physics. He describes a 'relational' universe in which there are no absolutes and everything depends on interactions between objects. You won't understand quantum mechanics after reading this--or any other book--but you'll have fun trying." --Financial Times "Rovelli is a deep-thinking, restlessly inquiring spirit." --London Observer "If anyone can make sense of the topsy-turvy, counterintuitive world of quantum physics, it is Carlo Rovelli." The Times "Inspiring." Spectator