Seven Brief Lessons on Physics website

For the launch of new book, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, Penguin has created a charming website which explores some of the theories addressed in the collection. The design of the site is inspired by the book’s cover by Coralie Bickford-Smith

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.

Via @penguinpressart
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


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.


“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


More from CR

Making Mars: Framestore’s visual effects for The Martian

Following its Oscar-winning work on Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Framestore has created some stunning visual effects for The Martian, Ridley Scott’s adaptation of Andy Weir’s science fiction novel about a botanist stranded on Mars.

Ikea in print: on successful catalogue design

Layouts are based on research gathered from Ikea’s annual home visits around the world. “These insights are then used by our in-house interior designers to develop our room layouts … so all of our rooms are inspired by real homes,” says Johan Wickmark, manager of Ikea communications. “Each catalogue production takes about 13 months from […]

Graphic Designer

Fushi Wellbeing

Creative Designer

Monddi Design Agency