Helgoland : The Sunday Times bestseller

Helgoland : The Sunday Times bestseller

Carlo Rovelli

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CHOSEN AS A BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE FINANCIAL TIMES, SUNDAY TIMES AND GUARDIAN

The instant Sunday Times bestseller -- a beautiful story of rebellion and science

'Popular science has rarely been so good' Prospect

'A thrilling story, written with wit and panache' John Banville

In June 1925, twenty-three-year-old Werner Heisenberg, suffering from hay fever, had retreated to the treeless, wind-battered island of Helgoland in the North Sea in order to think. Walking all night, by dawn he had wrestled with an idea that would transform the whole of science and our very conception of the world. In Helgoland Carlo Rovelli tells the story of the birth of quantum physics and its bright young founders who were to become some of the most famous Nobel winners in science.