June 21, 2024

Cover HELGOLAND von Carlo Rovelli

Gateway to the quantum world – wissenschaft.de

Whether it’s lasers, secure communication systems or quantum computer prototypes that are currently in the building blocks: quantum theory has long shown that it can make technological breakthroughs. But more than 100 years after its discovery, it remains one of the most difficult and complex things science has to offer.

With his new book, Carlo Rovelli sets out to explain the basics of this theory to the curious and explain what makes the laws of the quantum world so difficult to understand. The Professor of Physics in Marseille extends from the bold ideas of Heisenberg, Dirac, Bohr and Schrödinger to the many explanatory approaches and experiments of the past decades to philosophical debates with quantum ideas, which have continued to this day.

Rovelli’s Hoax: He not only explains, but talks – about himself and his very personal encounter with the theory, which he now has as a highly decorated theoretical physicist, and about his struggle to better understand the insane quantum world. He managed to do all this in just 200 pages. His central thesis is: “Taking quantum physics seriously, and thinking about its meaning, is a semi-psychedelic experiment.”Tobias Beck

Carlo Rovelli
Helgoland
Rowohlt, 208 pages, €22.00
ISBN 978-3-498-00220-6

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