A wise and inspiring manifesto about why understanding physics can make you happier, by one of the leading science writers of our time.
The Consolations of Physics is an eloquent manifesto for physics. In an age where uncertainty and division is rife, Tim Radford, science editor of the Guardian for twenty-five years, turns to the wonders of the universe for consolation.
From the launch of the Voyager spacecraft and how it furthered our understanding of planets, stars and galaxies to the planet composed entirely of diamond and graphite and the sound of a blacksmith's anvil; from the hole NASA drilled in the heavens to the discovery of the Higgs Boson and the endeavours to prove the Big Bang, The Consolations of Physics will guide you from a tiny particle to the marvels of outer space.
The book is like a great wine, both complex and powerful, whilst be also being hugely enjoyable to glug down. It's rare that you get a book that connects Dante's Divine Comedy to the Higgs boson and the geology of limestone cliffs, and this weaving together two thousand's years of intellectual thought is one of the many delights of this book. It's a hymn to scientific endeavour.
Beautiful, joyful, inspiring. A celebration of physicists' quest to understand the universe, from one of the best science writers around.