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  • Published: 1 March 2006
  • ISBN: 9780099440680
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 1136
  • RRP: $69.99
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The Road to Reality

A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe


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'A truly remarkable book - this is just the sort of book that could inspire mathematical awakenings.' Sunday Times

THE ROAD TO REALITY is the most important and ambitious work of science for a generation. It provides nothing less than a comprehensive account of the physical universe and the essentials of its underlying mathematical theory. It assumes no particular specialist knowledge on the part of the reader, so that, for example, the early chapters give us the vital mathematical background to the physical theories explored later in the book. Roger Penrose's purpose is to describe as clearly as possible our present understanding of the universe and to convey a feeling for its deep beauty and philosophical implications, as well as its intricate logical interconnections. THE ROAD TO REALITY is rarely less than challenging, but the book is leavened by vivid descriptive passages, as well as hundreds of hand-drawn diagrams. In a single work of colossal scope one of the world's greatest scientists has given us a complete and unrivalled guide to the glories of the universe that we all inhabit.

  • Pub date: 1 March 2006
  • ISBN: 9780099440680
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 1136
  • RRP: $69.99

About the Author

Roger Penrose

Professor Sir Roger Penrose is Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. He has received a number of prizes and awards, including the 1988 Wolf Prize for physics which he shared with Stephen Hawking for their joint contribution to our understanding of the universe.

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Praise for The Road to Reality

“'Penrose is truly one of the world's leading mathematical physicists. Genuinely magnificent and stimulating' Scotland on Sunday”

“'Science needs more people like Penrose, willing and able to point out the flaws in fashionable models from a position of authority, and to signpost alternative roads to follow' Independent ”

“'This is a tour de force that is unlikely to be bettered this decade' Financial Times”


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