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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics website

The essays collected in Carlo Rovelli’s Seven Brief Lessons on Physics are based on a series of lectures given by the Italian theoretical physicist.

Each one sheds light on the various scientific revolutions that occurred in the 20th-century: from Einstein’s theory of general relativity, to quantum mechanics, black holes and gravity.

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Via @penguinpressart

Taking its visual cues from designer Coralie Bickford-Smith‘s star-dusted cover for the book (shown above), Matt Young and Mathieu Triay at Penguin Press’ digital development team have launched a rather nifty website for the title at sevenbrieflessons.com.

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On the site, users can listen to extracts from the book, read by Rovelli, but the fun part is pinging and dragging particles around on screen.

It’s a simple, interactive experience which chimes well with the contents of the book – and its impressive design.

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“Quantum mechanics describes a world which is so deeply different from our experience but nevertheless it’s real,” says Rovelli in the short film also featured on the site. “In a sense, it’s more real than our experience. Our experience is like a foggy view of reality… physics is like taking aways screens and seeing better.”

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli is out now, published by Penguin (£6.99) More details on the book at penguin.co.uk

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