Jim Al-Khalili’s The World According to Physics is a thrilling ride

A new book from Jim Al-Khalili makes cutting-edge physics easily understandable and makes it clear why he fell in love with the subject as a teenager

Physics 25 March 2020

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Should physics describe the world and explain why things are as they are?

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Book

The World According to Physics

Jim Al-Khalili

Princeton University Press (Buy from Amazon*)

ONE afternoon in 2016, New Scientist consultant Stuart Clark and I barricaded ourselves in a room, armed with flip charts and pens, in a bid to work out what fundamental physics looked like. This turned out to be a confusion of lines and arrows – dotted, looping, scribbled out, realigned – between boxes adorned with “E = mc2“, “uncertainty principle (?)”, “quantum field theory” and “cosmic inflation!”.

The finished product