{Read ePUB} The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe (Vintage Books)Author Roger Penrose – Albawater.co

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

15 thoughts on “The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe (Vintage Books)

  1. ThePurpleSensation ThePurpleSensation says:

    El libro es una maravilla, pero el comprador debe saber que no es un libro para aprender f sica sino para, ya sabiendo algo, introducirse en distintas reas La introducci n a cu ntica, por ejemplo, es maravillosa si ya sabes ALGO o te suena el formalismo Sino, dif cilmente vas a enterarte BIEN Adem s luego no profundiza demasiado Igual que con ste rea podr a decir de las dem s El libro es estupendo para un iniciado en la f sica.

  2. Davros Davros says:

    and many sections require slow digestion But if you re genuinely interested in understanding something of the processes of this universe, then Penrose has some very worthwhile and interesting things to say The amount of re reading of sections I found necessary in working my way through this book were copious I probably ended up reading triple the content by the time I made it to the end.There will be a small sub set of the mathematical physics population that will find this book a breeze, perhaps even light reading But for everyone else it will be hard going Personally I found it hell at times But I stuck with it and Penrose had genuinely left me with a better understanding of the road to reality than I had before I found this a very worthwhile book to read Just don t make it your first book on the subject Take a few years and several other books first.

  3. DGC DGC says:

    I studied Physics at university some 45 years ago, and started a PhD, hoping to go into theoretical physics, but went into electronic and software engineering instead Since retiring I have been buying numerous text books to refresh my memory and try and get to grips with the topics in modern theoretical physics.This book covers the various maths topics I ve been grappling with, e.g manifolds, differential forms, fibre bundles etc, plus fundamentals of quantum field theory, general relativity, string theory and so on.It treats these in a coherent way from a pure mathematics viewpoint, and which I find very interesting.The book is certainly not an easy read, even for people with some maths background, and frequently jumps between straightforward and esoteric new topics But I m making progress, currently up to page 200, so only 900 pages to go It is a good companion for my text books on the various topics it covers, and I would heartily recommend it.

  4. Aidan B Aidan B says:

    Great, but not an easy read I am not far through yet, but it seems to get quite tough deeper into the book It s fairly ironic as I was reading this hoping to have some easy popular science physics with the amazing perspective of Sir Roger Penrose.Having said that, it is for the better that this requires a bit of thought to go through as the insights that Sir Roger Penrose has into the relationships between maths and physics in different areas is great, and definitely gets one pondering From what I can tell, a lot of the book focuses on maths, before delving deeply into the physics In terms of the physics and maths , I would definitely say that you might get from the book and it would be easier to read if you already have some previous knowledge on the topics so that you can tell the difference between his opinion and generally accepted scientific fact.

  5. Basque-refugee-13 Basque-refugee-13 says:

    I ve only given this book three stars because I don t believe it does what it says on the box The blurb states, 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.However, I found the mathematics in the first nine or ten chapters quite demanding that s as far as I had the patience to go , and anyone without a solid scientific background would be completly lost by the end of chapture 2 Each chapter has large numbers of problems so that the reader can check they are keeping up with the arguments I very much doubt that, with the possible exception of a few wunderkind, any non specialist has ever read the book in the way the writer obviously intended If you can do the maths in this book, or even follow them with any confidence, then I think you would probably have little difficulty passing a first degree in mathematics That is not my idea of a general reader.For now, the book is parked on my bookshelf awaiting the time when I can give it the attention that I am sure it deserves, and perhaps it will provide no end of entertainment when I retire Until then I shall stick to lighter reading.

  6. Stavros Karapanos Stavros Karapanos says:

    After I heard two podcasts, by Lex Fridman AI Podcast, who hosted Sir Roger Penrose and another with Eric Weinstein Podcast 88 , where after a question that has been made by Lex Fridman at 1 33 35 Eric Weinstein mentions this book as a self contained invitation to understand our deepest nature The above podcasts prioritized again this book to my purchase list.

  7. A B DAMHUS A B DAMHUS says:

    This is a great book for the Physics graduate interested in theoretical Physics, who has a well stocked mathematical tool box at her his disposal and a lot of time The enthusiastic lay person can with benefit read and enjoy the historical overviews maybe 20% , but should not expect this to be an easy reader introduction to modern Physics I have an M.Sc and must admit to being lost somewhere around half way through the book.

  8. ian myers ian myers says:

    Great summary of current state of Physics though to get the best out of this you need as good level of understanging of maths and physics to at least graduate level

  9. Honest and unbiaised Honest and unbiaised says:

    Item arrived DAMAGED in a non damaged box so pretty unimpressed but really good book, so not sure I should send it back

  10. colin colin says:

    Fairly heavy going advanced physics and mathematics relevant to the understanding of physics and quantum physics Great book to have on one s shelf, but probably in toto too theoretical for a lot of readers It makes an ideal companion to the works of Brian Greene such as The Fabric of the Cosmos and The Elegant Universe.

  11. mark mark says:

    Difficult to follow but a very engaging read nonetheless, and a must have if you have a love for theoretical physics and fascinated by all that you don t understand and all that there is to learn.

  12. Doc Martin Doc Martin says:

    A fantastic tour of modern mathematical physics To fully appreciate this book, the reader probably needs at least an undergraduate degree in mathematics There is, however, still a great deal for the less mathematically minded A superb book that is worth the demands that it places on the reader and one that merits repeated attempts to get to grips with the concepts and mathematics involved.

  13. Jim Jim says:

    Just the perfect book for me Reads like a thriller delving into the underlying mathematical concepts of science.

  14. C.S. C.S. says:

    A friend of science

  15. d s gow d s gow says:

    I do not have a background in maths so this book is a challenging read However I found that if you read it several times you establish a basic understanding of both the maths and the physics involved Whilst there are books offering non mathematical approaches to physics, the reality is surely that the maths and physics are intertwined and you lose a lot if you try to navigate round the maths I am a great admirer of Sir Roger Penrose he conveys his deep understanding of these matters in clear and elegant prose.