• There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important than Kindness

  • And Other Thoughts on Physics, Philosophy and the World
  • By: Carlo Rovelli
  • Narrated by: Landon Woodson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (72 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A delightful intellectual feast from the bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, The Order of Time, and Anaximander

One of the world’s most prominent physicists and fearless free spirit, Carlo Rovelli is also a masterful storyteller. His bestselling books have introduced millions of readers and listeners to the wonders of modern physics and his singular perspective on the cosmos. This new collection of essays reveals a curious intellect always on the move. Rovelli invites us on an accessible and enlightening voyage through science, literature, philosophy, and politics.

Written with his usual clarity and wit, this journey ranges widely across time and space: from Newton's alchemy to Einstein's mistakes, from Nabokov’s lepidopterology to Dante’s cosmology, from mind-altering psychedelic substances to the meaning of atheism, from the future of physics to the power of uncertainty. Charming, pithy, and elegant, this book is the perfect gateway to the universe of one of the most influential minds of our age.

©2022 Carlo Rovelli (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Provocative.... Rovelli’s fans will enjoy having this on their shelves.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Rovelli delights. His facility with science and philosophy is exemplary.” (Kirkus)

"Meet the new Stephen Hawking." (The Sunday Times)

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Admire Rovelli Though This is not My Favorite

This collection of essays did not capture my interest like The Order of Time which is riveting, poetic, wonderfully challenging for the layperson, and a superb narration by Benedict Cumberbatch.

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I like the way Carlo thinks!

I found this to be an enjoyable listen. It's true that this isn't a purely science audiobook, but there is a good amount of science in it. I liked Carlo's commentary on how philosophy and science need each other. I also enjoyed his musings on topics like hallucinogenic substances, politics, and his tribute to Steven Hawkings, among others.

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Subpar content and painful narrator

Underwhelming compared to the author's other works and the natrator is painfully vanilla in style and cadence.

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Very enjoyable ramble through Rovelli’s Mind

Darwin, Hawking, Lucretius, Christmas rituals, et al! Quite a gamut of ruminations, but that range of thoughts is what made this book so enjoyable. Each brief chapter was a launching pad for this reader’s own ideas to wander. Four Stars ****

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Loads of redundant material

I adore Carlo Rovelli and I’ve listened to most—if not all—of his books in English. This book seemed like it was 70% old material, much of it seemed word for word with Reality Is Not What It Seems, which I finished right before this book was released. For that reason, and that reason alone, I’m scoring this book lower than his others. Usually Carlo gets 5 stars from me.

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very good collection.

I loved this book as it was how I imagine a conversation taking place with the author. jumping subject to subject with insights across his experiences and a snapshot of his mindset along the way might be.

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Super disappointing, coming from a super fan

I'm obsessed with his previous book on the order of time. ive listened to it 6 times. there is almost no meaningful science at all in this new book, some history lessons yes, but no science. incredibly disappointing, especially after listening to his brilliant book on the order of time.

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I'd like to have a grappa with Rovelli

I wasn't sure that Carlo Rovelli would have much to say about philosophy, religion culture and kindness, but I appreciated the book's passion. His adoration of great scientists and thinkers is admirable and his pride in great Italians and their contributions is quaint. He is a terrific teacher and a wonderfully moral man.