Rovelli’s tasting plate

Exploring the double helix of science and culture
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March 2021, no. 429
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There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness by Carlo Rovelli, translated by Erica Segre and Simon Carnell

Allen Lane, $35 hb, 230 pp

Rovelli’s tasting plate

Exploring the double helix of science and culture
by
March 2021, no. 429

In a recent interview, Italian physicist Carlo Rovelli confessed that the book he would most like to be remembered for is The Order of Time (2018), a work in which time, as it is commonly understood, ‘melts [like a snowflake] between your fingers and vanishes’. The Order of Time, Rovelli admits, only pretends to be about physics. Ultimately, it’s a book about the meaning of life and the complexity of being human.

Rovelli has never shied away from acknowledging, even revelling in, the philosophical questions and unanswered mysteries that continue to emerge at the cutting edge of science. As he writes in There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness, ‘a science that closes its ears to philosophy fades into superficiality; a philosophy that pays no attention to the scientific knowledge of its time is obtuse and sterile’.

Diane Stubbings reviews 'There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness' by Carlo Rovelli, translated by Erica Segre and Simon Carnell

There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness

by Carlo Rovelli, translated by Erica Segre and Simon Carnell

Allen Lane, $35 hb, 230 pp

Buy this book

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