The Road to Reality : A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe, Paperback Book

The Road to Reality : A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe Paperback

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The Road to Reality is the most important and ambitious work of science for a generation.

It provides nothing less than a comprehensive account of the physical universe and the essentials of its underlying mathematical theory.

It assumes no particular specialist knowledge on the part of the reader, so that, for example, the early chapters give us the vital mathematical background to the physical theories explored later in the book.

Roger Penrose's purpose is to describe as clearly as possible our present understanding of the universe and to convey a feeling for its deep beauty and philosophical implications, as well as its intricate logical interconnections.

The Road to Reality is rarely less than challenging, but the book is leavened by vivid descriptive passages, as well as hundreds of hand-drawn diagrams.

In a single work of colossal scope one of the world's greatest scientists has given us a complete and unrivalled guide to the glories of the universe that we all inhabit.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 1136 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Popular science
  • ISBN: 9780099440680

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This book is a treasure trove. Penrose has distilled thousands of years of hard-won knowledge into a single tome, clear enough to be read by a person of reasonable intelligence. It is on a par with Euclid's elements, a scholarly work laying a path from total ignorance to modern physics. If civilisation were to end, this is one of the few essential books that should be saved.