Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity
Why this book?
I’m a biochemist, not a physicist. But as a science fiction writer, I yearned to grasp the strange language of theoretical physics. In his opening chapters, Carlo Rovelli deftly navigates the intersection of poetry, philosophy, physics, and mathematics to present the most accessible picture I’ve encountered of currently accepted theory, starting with the atom and working through Newton, Faraday, Maxwell, and Einstein to end with quantum physics. Things get more speculative as he then delves into his own field, loop quantum gravity, portraying a universe that is finite not only at the cosmic level of Einstein’s curved spacetime but also at a minute, granular level, where time does not exist and everything we think we know is relational. Whether or not you agree with him, Rovelli opened whole new vistas for newbies like me!