Reality is not what it seems

Reality is not what it seems


Time, space, and matter seem to be generated by the combination of elementary quantum events. Understanding this deep texture of reality is the goal of quantum gravity exploration, a challenge of modern science where all our knowledge of nature is being questioned. Carlo Rovelli, one of the protagonists of this adventure, takes the reader to the very center of the investigation in a simple and a convincing way. This work talks about how our picture of the world has changed from antiquity to the latest discoveries: the evaporation of black holes, the universe before the Big Bang, the granular structure of space, the role of information, and the absence of time in fundamental physics. The author draws a large fresco of the physical worldview, clarifies the content of theories such as general relativity and quantum mechanics, takes us to the edge of current knowledge, and offers an original and articulated version of the major questions open today. Above all, he conveys to us the fascination of this research, the passion that revives it, and the beauty of the new perspective of the world that science reveals to us.

  • Cover: paperback
  • Original title: La realtà non è come ci appare. La struttura elementare delle cose
  • Original language: Italian
  • Translation: Jelena Butković