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The Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces Paperback – 9 Mar 2010

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books (9 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465018955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465018956
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 390,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A thrilling read... a glimpse of physics at its quirkiest and most illuminating."--The Economist

"Bracing....We could scarcely wish for a more knowledgeable guide to subatomic physics than Wilczek....The book is an object lesson in how an original thinker can take familiar material and impress on it originality of interpretation that makes it come alive, even for experts who have been studying it for years."--Times Higher Education Supplement

""The Lightness of Being" is an apt description of Wilczek's writing style, which manages to be at once profound and light, filled with humour, wordplay and original explanations of difficult concepts."--New Scientist

"Wilczek can write with wit, grace, and an uncanny facility for using lightweight language to express heavy-duty ideas."--Physics Today

"For a safari-like adventure into the world of physics, follow Wilczek's lead. Quirky but knowledgeable, he explores the essence of the matter that makes up the universe -- combining the enthusiasm of someone like Jeff Corwin with the thoughtfulness of a David Attenborough."--Science News

"Wilczek successfully documents the great discoveries, ideas, and mysteries of our universe.... [T]he author uses nontechnical language that is devoid of mathematics and theoretical proofs and that is rich in personal reflection and historical context."--Library Journal

"Wilczek possesses a compelling writing style.... The beauty of the intellectual leaps, the grandness of the discovery, are palpable. Making the reader feel engaged and conceptually informed is no small feat for a book on advanced science."--St. Petersburg Times

"This book is deep, simple and incredibly well-written. Starting from the nature of mass, Professor Wilczek leads the reader to an understanding of the most profound ideas and accomplishments in physics today."--T.D. Lee, Nobel Laureate in Physics, Columbia University


"Want to know what it's all about? Here's a book that candidly tells you what 'it' is. And just about everything you thought about 'it' is wrong. Accessible, charming and cheeky, "The Lightness of Being" reveals a universe where matter is the hum of strange music, mass doesn't weigh, and empty space is a multilayered, multicolored superconductor."--K.C. Cole, author of Mind Over Matter: Conversations with the Cosmos

""The Lightness of Being" is a lively, playful, and inventive tour de force, written by a lively, playful, and inventive key mover in the field. Few creative popular expositors of physics are also brilliant physicists. It is rarer still to find a creative expositor of physics who is not only brilliant but has personally helped change the way we think about nature."--Lawrence Krauss, author of Hiding in the Mirror

About the Author

Currently the Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics at MIT, Frank Wilczek won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2004. His 1989 book, Longing for the Harmonies, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Wilczek’s work has been anthologized in Best American Science Writing and The Norton Anthology of Light Verse. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


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