IBNA- A new book by eminent Italian theoretical physicist and writer Carlo Rovelli 'Helgoland: Making Sense of the Quantum Revolution' (2021) a wide-ranging new meditation on quantum theory has been translated and published in Persian.
Named a Best Book of 2021 by the Financial Times and a Best Science Book of 2021 by The Guardian, 'Helgoland' has been released by Chatrang Publishing in 164 pages. Samaneh Norouzi has rendered the book into Persian.
She comments on this work and its author: “Carlo Rovelli’s wide-ranging studies, broad experiences, and his mastery over various scientific and philosophical subjects, as well as world news and events, provides a ground in his books for the reader to feel he or she is engaged in a conversation with the author and hears his thoughts and soliloquies.”
“Rowley's respect for different religions and schools of thought, as well as his unbiased view, leads the audience to a tranquil direction and a conclusion which opens several doors for further study,” she added.
One of the world's most renowned theoretical physicists, Carlo Rovelli has entranced millions of readers with his singular perspective on the cosmos. In Helgoland, he examines the enduring enigma of quantum theory. The quantum world Rovelli describes is as beautiful as it is unnerving.
‘Helgoland’ is a treeless island in the North Sea where the twenty-three-year-old Werner Heisenberg made the crucial breakthrough for the creation of quantum mechanics, setting off a century of the scientific revolution. Full of alarming ideas (ghost waves, distant objects that seem to be magically connected, cats that appear both dead and alive), quantum physics has led to countless discoveries and technological advancements. Today our understanding of the world is based on this theory, yet it is still profoundly mysterious.
As scientists and philosophers continue to fiercely debate the meaning of the theory, Rovelli argues that its most unsettling contradictions can be explained by seeing the world as fundamentally made of relationships rather than substances. We and everything around us exist only in our interactions with one another. This bold idea suggests new directions for thinking about the structure of reality and even the nature of consciousness.
Rovelli makes learning about quantum mechanics an almost psychedelic experience. Shifting our perspective once again, he takes us on a riveting journey through the universe so we can better comprehend our place in it.
In a starred review, Publisher's Weekly writes about ‘Helgoland’: “Physicist Rovelli (‘The Order of Time’) dazzles with this look at the 'almost psychedelic experience’ of understanding quantum theory…These are big ideas, but Rovelli easily leads readers through the knotty logic, often with lyricism…Readers who follow along will be left in awe.”
Rovelli is currently a Distinguished Visiting Research Chair at the Perimeter Institute. 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.