Carlo Rovelli
Director of the quantum gravity group, Equipe du Centre de Physique Théorique de Luminy

Carlo Rovelli is the director of the quantum gravity group at the Centre de Physique Théorique de Luminy in Marseille, France. He is the author of Covariant Loop Quantum Gravity: An Elementary Introduction to Quantum Gravity and Spinfoam Theory (2014) and Seven Brief Lessons on Physics (2016). His latest book is Reality Is Not What It Seems (2016), translated by Simon Carnell and Erica Segre.

Written by Carlo Rovelli

Atomised: detail from The Jubilee Plantation by William Wilkins, 1980, oil on canvas. Private collection. © William Wilkins.

Essay/
Physics
This granular life

That the world is not solid but made up of tiny particles is a very ancient insight. Is it humanity’s greatest idea?

Carlo Rovelli