The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli


order of time

3.5 stars (not very engaging)

Ooo moving this from my tbr section – It arrived today!!!! So far so good!  Quite small for a hardback and the translation from Italian into English is perhaps not the finest, but early days.  It was recommended by a quantum physicist so I thought I would give it a try!


I think this book did not translate well into English.  I also felt like the author had just written it ‘off the top of his head’.   It feels like it was written in a rush compared to ‘Sapiens’ and ‘Cosmos’.

The topic about ‘Time’ is fascinating, but the book does not do it justice.  The author  labours on a point that is very easy to understand and completely brushes over the actual physics which is complex and difficult to understand.  Some more elaboration of these concepts would have been welcome.   Not exactly sure what audience this is pitched at.   Importantly, no follow up ‘further reading’ section so cannot further explore points via this means.   I am interested in the physics of time and will further explore this area but this book was not very interesting.  Some people love it though!  I did wonder if maybe I  just had not understood the concepts and the author was really saying something profoundly meaningful. Apparently the audio book is narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch and of course he can make anything sound wonderful!

There are some beautiful quotes at the start of each chapter, and sometimes the author is clear, like in the first chapters on why time, as we think of it, is not real.  The last chapter is also a good summary of the book.   Perhaps give it a go as your impression might be different to my own.  I will certainly be giving it another go – another re-read.  Maybe my impression will be different then.  Give it time!

How did I come by this book?



This physicist’s ideas of time will blow your mind


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