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Carlo Rovelli is an Italian theoretical physicist and writer who has worked in Italy, the United States and, since 2000, in France. He works mainly in the field of quantum gravity and is a founder of loop quantum gravity theory. He has also worked in the history and philosophy of science. He collaborates with several Italian newspapers, including the cultural supplements of the Corriere della Sera, Il Sole 24 Ore and La Repubblica. His popular science book, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, was originally published in Italian in 2014. It has been translated into 41 languages and has sold over a million copies worldwide. In 2019, he was included by Foreign Policy magazine in a list of 100 most influential global thinkers. Life and career Carlo Rovelli was born in Verona, Italy, on 3 May 1956. He attended the Liceo Classico Scipione Maffei in Verona. In the 1970s, he participated in the student political movements in Italian universities. He was involved with the free political radio stations Radio Alice in Bologna and Radio Anguana in Verona, which he helped found. In conjunction with his political activity, he was charged, but later released, for crimes of opinion related to the book Fatti Nostri, which he co-authored with Enrico Palandri, Maurizio Torrealta, and Claudio Piersanti.In 1981, Rovelli graduated with a BS/MS in physics from the University of Bologna, and in 1986 he obtained his PhD at the University of Padova, Italy. Rovelli refused military service, which was compulsory in Italy at the time, and was therefore briefly detained in 1987. He held postdoctoral positions at the University of Rome, the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, and Yale University. Rovelli was on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh from 1990 to 2000, where he was also affiliated with the Department of History and Philosophy of Science. Since 2000 he has been a professor at the Centre de Physique Théorique de Luminy of Aix-Marseille University in France. Main contributions Loop quantum gravity In 1988, Rovelli, Lee Smolin and Abhay Ashtekar introduced a theory of quantum gravity called loop quantum gravity. In 1995, Rovelli and Smolin obtained a basis of states of quantum gravity, labelled by Penrose's spin networks, and using this basis they were able to show that the theory predicts that area and volume are quantized. This result indicates the existence of a discrete structure of space on a very small scale. In 1997, Rovelli and Michael Reisenberger introduced a "sum over surfaces" formulation of the theory, which has since evolved into the currently covariant "spinfoam" version of loop quantum gravity. In 2008, in collaboration with Jonathan Engle and Roberto Pereira, he has introduced the spin foam vertex amplitude which is the basis of the current definition of the loop quantum gravity covariant dynamics. Loop theory is today considered a candidate for a quantum theory of gravity. It finds applications in quantum cosmology, spinfoam cosmology and quantum black hole physics. Physics without time In his 2004 book, Quantum Gravity, Rovelli developed a formulation of classical and quantum mechanics that does not make explicit reference to the notion of time. The first step towards a theory of quantum gravity without a time variable is described by Wheeler–DeWitt equation. The timeless formalism is used to describe the world in the regimes where the quantum properties of the gravitational field cannot be disregarded. This is because the quantum fluctuation of spacetime itself makes the notion of time unsuitable for writing physical laws in the conventional form of evolution laws in time. This position led him to face the following problem: if time is not part of the fundamental theory of the world, then how does time emerge? In 1993, in collaboration with Alain Connes, Rovelli proposed a solution to this problem called the thermal time hypothesis. According to this hypothesis, time emerges only in a thermodynamic or statistical context. If this is correct, the flow of time is not fundamental, deriving from the incompleteness of knowledge. Similar conclusions had been reached earlier in the context of nonequilibrium statistical mechanics, in particular in the work of Robert Zwanzig, and in Caldeira-Leggett models used in quantum dissipation. Relational quantum mechanics In 1994, Rovelli introduced the relational interpretation of quantum mechanics, based on the idea that the quantum state of a system must always be interpreted relative to another physical system (like the "velocity of an object" is always relative to another object, in classical mechanics). The idea has been developed and analyzed in particular by Bas van Fraassen and by Michel Bitbol. Among other important consequences, it provides a solution of the EPR paradox that does not violate locality. Rovelli has expressed the main idea of relational quantum mechanics in the popular book Helgoland. Relative information Rovelli won the second prize in the 2013 FQXi contest "It From Bit or Bit From It?" for his essay about "relative information". His paper, Relative Information at the Foundation of Physics, discusses how "Shannon’s notion of relative information between two physical systems can function as [a] foundation for statistical mechanics and quantum mechanics, without referring to subjectivism or idealism...[This approach can] represent a key missing element in the foundation of the naturalistic picture of the world." In 2017, Rovelli elaborated further upon the subject of relative information, writing that: In nature, variables are not independent; for instance, in any magnet, the two ends have opposite polarities. Knowing one amounts to knowing the other. So we can say that each end “has information” about the other. There is nothing mental in this; it is just a way of saying that there is a necessary relation between the polarities of the two ends. We say that there is "relative information" between two systems anytime the state of one is constrained by the state of the other. In this precise sense, physical systems may be said to have information about one another, with no need for a mind to play any role. Such "relative information" is ubiquitous in nature: The colour of the light carries information about the object the light has bounced from; a virus has information about the cell it may attach, and neurons have information about one another. Since the world is a knit tangle of interacting events, it teems with relative information. When this information is exploited for survival, extensively elaborated by our brain, and may be coded in a language understood by a community, it becomes mental, and it acquires the semantic weight that we commonly attribute to the notion of information. But the basic ingredient is down there in the physical world: physical correlation between distinct variables. The physical world is not a set of self-absorbed entities that do their selfish things.... Discover the Carlo Rovelli popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Carlo Rovelli books.

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L'ordre del temps

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Què és el temps? Existim en el temps o és el temps qui existeix en nosaltres? Per què recordem el passat i no el futur? Què vol dir que el temps «corre»? El passat és tancat i el fut...

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Mi a tudomány? Valamennyi civilizáció úgy vélte, hogy a világot fenn az égbolt, lenn a Föld alkotja. Kivéve egyet: a görögöt. A Földet egy gigantikus méretű kőnek tartották,...

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A Hét rövid fizikalecke évszázadok tudásának bravúros és szellemes összefoglalója. Carlo Rovelli a 20. századi fizika forradalmi felfedezésein és rejtélyein – relativitáselm...

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Az idő rendje

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Carlo Rovelli setzt der griechischen Antike ein Denkmal: als Geburtsstunde der modernen Wissenschaft. Was als sorgsame Biographie des Forschers Anaximander beginnt, entwickelt sich gleichsam...

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Syv korte leksjoner i fysikk

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I denne vesle boka guider den italienske fysikeren Carlo Rovelli med beundringsverdig klarhet leseren gjennom de mest epokegjørende gjennombruddene i fysikken. Denne lekende, underholdende ...

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Anaximandre, né voici vingt-six siècles dans la cité grecque de Milet en Anatolie, était le disciple de Thalès. Moins connu que son illustre prédécesseur, il est pourtant à l'origine...

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Anaximander

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THIS BOOK WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE AFTER SEPTEMBER 10, 2021.Carlo Rovelli, a leading theoretical physicist, uses the figure of Anaximander as the starting point for an ...

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Helgoland. Znaczenie kwantowej rewolucji

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„Siła nauki tkwi w braku strachu przed wymyślaniem świata na nowo”.Helgoland to bezdrzewna wyspa na Morzu Północnym, na której dwudziestotrzyletni Werner Heisenberg doz...

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A delightful intellectual feast from the bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics and The Order of Time One of the world’s most prominent physi...

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A valóság nem olyan, amilyennek látjuk

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A Hét rövid fizikalecke szerzőjétől Az idő, a tér, az anyag is minden jel szerint elemi kvantumesemények nyüzsgő sokasága.A kvantumgravitációs kutatások a valóság...

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Reality Is Not What It Seems

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Quantum Gravity

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Quantum gravity is perhaps the most important open problem in fundamental physics. It is the problem of merging quantum mechanics and general relativity, the two great conceptual revolutions...

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La realidad no es lo que parece

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Este libro aborda uno de los mayores misterios de la física cuántica: ¿de qué está compuesta, en definitiva, la realidad?, ¿cuál es la estructura profunda de las cosas?, ¿cómo se co...

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Tempo, spazio e materia appaiono generati da un pullulare di eventi quantistici elementari. Comprendere questa tessitura profonda della realtà è l’obiettivo della ricerca in gravità qua...

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I Sju korta lektioner i fysik guidar den italienska teoretiska fysikern Carlo Rovelli med beundransvärd klarhet läsaren genom de mest epokgörande genombrotten i fysiken under nitton- och ...

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Sedem krátkych prednášok o fyzike

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Prvé prednášky z fyziky, ktoré vás budú skutočne baviť! Jednoduché, zrozumiteľné a obdivuhodné. To je stručná charakteristika Rovelliho diela, ktoré bolo preložené do viac a...

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The Order of Time

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A ordem do tempo

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Siete breves lecciones de física

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«Hay fronteras, donde estamos aprendiendo y donde arde nuestro deseo de saber. Están en las profundidades más diminutas del tejido del espacio, en los orígenes del cosmos, en la naturale...

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Helgoland

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A Financial Times Best Book of 2021 “Rovelli is a genius and an amazing communicator… This is the place where science comes to life.” ―Neil Gaiman...

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Und wenn es die Zeit nicht gäbe?

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Was ist Zeit? Wir messen sie immer nur im Vergleich mit etwas anderem, einem Stern oder einem Pendel, und selbst dann gehen die Uhren nicht immer gleich, wie Einstein zeigte. Brauchen wir si...

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Helgoland

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Als der junge deutsche Physiker Werner Heisenberg 1925 auf Helgoland die mathematischen Grundlagen der Quantenmechanik schuf, setzte er einen Prozess in Gang, der Mikrokosmos und Makrokosmos...

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Helgoland

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El nacimiento del pensamiento científico

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¿Cómo descubrieron los griegos que la Tierra flota en el espacio? ¿O que sigue habiendo cielo también bajo nuestros pies? ¿Quién llegó a imaginársela así y cómo lo logró?  Es...

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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

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The New York Times bestseller from the author of The Order of Time and Reality Is Not What It Seems and Helgoland“One of the year’s m...

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Die Ordnung der Zeit

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Leben wir in der Zeit oder lebt die Zeit vielleicht nur in uns? Alle theoretischen Physiker von Weltrang, die den großen und kleinen Kräften des Universums nachspüren, beschäftigen sich ...

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Syv små forelæsninger om fysik

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O abismo vertiginoso

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Uma visão instigante da teoria quântica, do mesmo autor de Sete breves lições de física. Considerado pela crítica como o "novo Stephen Hawking", Carlo Rovelli consegue levar ...

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L'ordine del tempo

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Come le "Sette brevi lezioni di fisica", che ha raggiunto un pubblico immenso in ogni parte del mondo, questo libro tratta di qualcosa della fisica che parla a chiunque e lo coinvolge, sempl...

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Ci sono luoghi al mondo dove più che le regole è importante la gentilezza

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Siamo esserini che vivono sulla crosta di una palla di roccia lanciata nello spazio, come una piccola astronave. Fuori, attorno a noi c’è uno straordinario mondo ancora inesplorato. Come ...

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Sete breves lições de Física

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Om tiden inte finns

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I sin senaste bok utforskar Carlo Rovelli - författae till den framgångsrika Sju korta lektioner i fysik - en gren inom fysiken vi alla kan förhålla oss till, därför att det är en gå...

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Die Wirklichkeit, die nicht so ist, wie sie scheint

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Tidens orden

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Vi tæller dagene og tænker over tiden, der går. Men hvad er tid egentlig? Den populære teoretiske fysiker Carlo Rovelli er tilbage med en lille bog om dette fascinerende store mysterium....

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Es gibt Orte auf der Welt, an denen Regeln weniger wichtig sind als Freundlichkeit

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Newton und sein schwieriges Verhältnis zur Alchemie, Dantes Kosmologie und unser modernes Weltbild, der Schmetterlings-Forscher Nabokov und Lolita sowie die Zweifel des gar nicht so unfehlb...

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El orden del tiempo

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Los misterios del tiempo explicados por un eminente físico que, además, es un gran divulgador. Un ensayo apasionante.¿Qué es el tiempo? ¿Hasta qué punto lo entendemo...

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Virkeligheten er ikke slik vi tror

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Eksisterer virkelig tid og rom? Hva består virkeligheten av? Kan vi egentlig forstå dens dype struktur?   Forfatter og forsker Carlo Rovelli har brukt hele livet på å utforsk...

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¿Y si el tiempo no existiera?

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El nacimiento del universo, el destino de los agujeros negros, la realidad del tiempo, la mecánica cuántica o la teoría de la relatividad son algunos de los protagonistas del presente tí...

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Sieben kurze Lektionen über Physik

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Rzeczywistość nie jest tym, czym się wydaje

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„Coś umownie jest słodkie, coś umownie gorzkie, coś gorące, coś kolorowe – ale naprawdę są tylko atomy i pustka”.(Sextus Empiricus, Adversus mathematicos, VIII, 135 (tłu...

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Et si le temps n'existait pas ?

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Un chemin vers une nouvelle physique ?Carlo Rovelli nous raconte son parcours personnel de chercheur et ses interrogations sur la nature de l’espace et du temps. Relativité généra...

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Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity (Unabridged)

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Esprit libre, scientifique de renom, curieux de philosophie et d'humanités, Carlo Rovelli est aussi un formidable conteur. Sa curiosité l'amène à s'interroger sur le monde qui nous entou...

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L'ordre du temps

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Dans ses Sept brèves leçons de physique, Carlo Rovelli confiait : qu'une question avait guidé sa vie de chercheur : la nature du temps. Se hissant sur les épaules d'Isaac Newton, ...

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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics (Unabridged)

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The New York Times bestseller from the author of The Order of Time and Reality Is Not What It Seems and Helgoland“One of the year’s m...

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A Helgoland, spoglia isola nel Mare del Nord, luogo adatto alle idee estreme, nel giugno 1925 il ventitreenne Werner Heisenberg ha avviato quella che, secondo non pochi, è stata la più rad...

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L'ordine del tempo

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Mistero per profani e scienziati, la natura del tempo è l'oggetto di questo libro sorprendente. Un racconto delle diverse strade intraprese nel corso dei secoli per comprendere ciò di cui ...

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Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, prix Nobel de physique 1997, retrace son itinéraire personnel et scientifique et un demi-siècle d'évolution de la physique quantique. Sur ce sujet nul n'est mieux ...

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"Von Natur aus wollen wir immer mehr wissen und immer weiter lernen. Unser Wissen über die Welt wächst. Uns treibt der Drang nach Erkenntnis und lernend stoßen wir an Grenzen. In den tief...

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Temps et espace. De l'antiquité à nos jours

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Une histoire des notions d'espace et de temps. Des visions du cosmos dans la Grèce ancienne aux théories récentes sur la gravité quantique, Carlo Rovelli explore les métamorphoses de l...

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