The Road to Reality

| March 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

So recently I managed to buy some great books about physics at a low price and one of them was another great book by Sir Roger Penrose “The Road to Reality”. My first impression when I saw the book at the store was that it was huge, and I mean huge, it has almost 1100 pages. So if you’re thinking of buying this book be ready for long weeks of pure maths and science fun. But is it really that fun?

 

Basic Info 

  • Paperback: 1136 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (January 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679776311
  • Average Amazon Customer Review:4.1 out of 5 stars  (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

 

About the Author

Sir Roger Penrose s an English mathematical physicist and Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford and Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College. Among his numerous awards he has received the 1988 Wolf prize for physics (shared with Stephen Hawking) and the Eddington Medal in 1975. Penrose is also a recreational mathematician and a philosopher. For more of his books see the links section at the end of the article.

 

About the Book

The book starts with some remarks from the author about the notation and some remarks about overall math usage in the book, which is very handy. The prologue is really amazing, as it drags you in, by telling a short story how Pythagoras, who had a hunger for knowledge, joined the brotherhood of 571 wisemen, and began his journey to secrets of mathematics and science. At this point you feel like reading an interesting novel that shows the fun side of science as well as dragging you in with a mysterious narrative. But what is the rest of the book about?

Well, it’s about maths and physics of course. It has basically everything covered. And I mean everything! Starting with the roots of physics and mathematics, ending with string theory, quantum mechanics, general and special theories of relativity and even some speculative modern science theories. The book is divided in 34 chapters in total. Also it has some great diagrams and drawings, which really help you understand the physics in some parts of the book. The final part of the book contains some thoughts by the author about the nature of reality itself.

As for the difficulty level of the book I have to warn the reader that this book is kind of hardcore. It starts slowly with simple stuff like fractions and derivatives but then 20 pages later you find yourself having a headache while trying to understand some complex plane diagrams. It wouldn’t be a problem if the book wouldn’t have been advertised as one which requires only a basic physics knowledge to understand . So I would recommend this one mostly for experts and physics or mathematics students.

 

The Road to Reality

Links:

1) More books of Roger Penrose

2) The Road to Reality by Roger Penrose on Amazon:

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