Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Carlo Rovelli

Narrated By: Roy McMillan

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: January 2017

Duration: 6 hours 8 minutes


From the New York Times–bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, a closer look at the mind-bending nature of the universe.

What are time and space made of? Where does matter come from? And what exactly is reality? Theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli has spent his whole life exploring these questions and pushing the boundaries of what we know. Here he explains how our image of the world has changed over the last few dozen centuries.

In elegant and accessible prose, Rovelli takes us on a wondrous journey from Aristotle to Albert Einstein, from Michael Faraday to the Higgs boson, and from classical physics to his own work in quantum gravity. As he shows us how the idea of reality has evolved over time, Rovelli offers readers a deeper understanding of the theories he introduced so concisely in Seven Brief Lessons on Physics. His evocative explanations invite us to imagine, beyond our ever-changing idea of reality, a whole new world that has yet to be discovered.

From the Hardcover edition.



    I was looking for a primer on Physics, and although I probably only comprehended 35% of the content, the characters, the historical context and the writing kept me on board. Special kudos to the narrator who really nailed the delivery. Loved the faux US-accent on the Richard Feinman parts!