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.
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.
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 penguin.co.uk