Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli

Brace yourselves, we're heading into intellectual territory with a review of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carol Rovelli. This is a very short book, but full of amazing ideas and concepts and it even has its own webpage.

This little book covers some major concepts within modern physics, including quantum mechanics and the nature of space and time. Rovelli, one of the world's leading physicists recognises that his audience probably doesn't know much about science, let alone have a functioning knowledge of Einstein's thought experiments. Nevertheless he doesn't shy away from getting to the heart of the matter when it comes to the ideas, concepts and theories. You will need to concentrate to read this, but it is worth it.  You will probably need to read it more than once to really get the beauty of what he is saying and what the theories tell us about our own place in the world, but the first reading will get you hooked and there will be no turning back then.

The nicest part of this book is actually the final chapter, where Rovelli describes all the loose ends that physics cannot currently tie up. There is no pretending that all the answers are there, just the chance to learn more and expand our horizons and understanding. It's fabulous stuff.