'A monstrous and brilliant book' - Philip Pullman 'Wholly mesmerising and revelatory... Completely fascinating' - William Boyd The great mathematician Alexander Grothendieck tunnels so deeply into abstraction that he tries to cut all ties with the world, terrified of the horror his discoveries might cause. Erwin Schrodinger and Werner Heisenberg battle over the soul of physics after creating two equivalent yet opposed versions of quantum mechanics. Their fight will tear the very fabric of reality, revealing a world stranger than they could have ever imagined. Using extraordinary, epoch-defining moments from the history of science, Benjamin Labatut plunges us into exhilarating territory between fact and fiction, progress and destruction, genius and madness.
Number of Pages: 192
Publication Date: 3 Sep 2020
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 21.6(H) x 13.5(L)
Author BiographyBenjamin Labatut was born in Rotterdam in 1980 and grew up in The Hague, Buenos Aires and Lima. He has published two award-winning works of fiction prior to When We Cease to Understand the World, which is his first book to be translated into English. Labatut lives with his family in Santiago, Chile.