Review | Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli

sevenTitle: Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

Author: Carlo Rovelli

Translators: Simon Carnell and Erica Segre

Published by: Riverhead Books

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Where I got the book: Public Library

This isn’t intended to be a huge review or overview of the book. Because reading a book like this once doesn’t suddenly make me an expert in physics. However, the concepts were clearly explained and broken down into manageable sections that were easy to read. And there’s a lot to be said for a book that is able to bring physics to such a wide audience without making them feel like an idiot.

I was never a math or hard science person in public school and went well out of my way to avoid studying those topics. I haven’t touched a math or science textbook in over seven years and when I’ve previously tried to read a book along those topics, it just brought back horrible memories of trying so hard to understand the material and constantly failing because I’d never had anyone teach it in a way that was understandable and accessible to me. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics was accessible to me and fairly easy to understand. It’s not something you get in one sitting but at least now I kind of understand why heat transfers to cold objects and not the other way around, and what the heck that has to do with time, the past, present and future.

I totally recommend picking this book up if you’ve always said that you’re not a math or science person (even though you secretly wish you were), or anyone just looking for a quick refresher or overview on physics.


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