Review by Chris:
Reading books on any subject of physics feels to me like repeatedly ramming my head against the wall. Though books like The Grand Design by Hawking and Mlodinow and A Universe from Nothing by Krauss are fascinating and well-written, I find there is still a bridge to be built between everyday understanding of physics and the understanding of the subject matter required to get the most out of the aforementioned titles.
This is where Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, written by Italian theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli, shines. This concise book is everything the title advertises. Beginning with Eistein’s masterpiece “The General Theory of Relativity”, Rovelli gives us seven lessons that introduce us to the very nature, as well as the strangeness, of our universe as seen by contemporary physicists, and concludes with a reflection of our own place in this bizarre reality.
If I was to recommend a first step for casual science readers, it would have to be this book. Well-written and the perfect size for an afternoon read, Seven Brief Lessons of Physics was a solid addition to my bookshelf.