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Marginalia: Carlo Rovelli


This episode features a conversation I had recently with Carlo Rovelli, an Italian theoretical physicist and writer who has worked in Italy, the United States, and France. His work is mainly in the field of quantum gravity, where he is among the founders of the loop quantum gravity theory.

If your eyes started to glaze over at that last statement, stick around.

Rovelli is also the author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, lessons which were written for those who know little or nothing about modern science. 

The lessons initially ran as a series of articles which appeared in the Sunday supplement of an Italian newspaper. They were expanded and published in slim book form in more than 25 languages internationally.

I caught up with Rovelli via Skype in Chile. Here’s our conversation.


Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli was published by Riverhead Books

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