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When We Cease to Understand the World

This mind-bending work explores scientific discovery, ethics, and the blurred line between genius and madness. Follow the stories of Albert Einstein, Alexander Grothendieck, Erwin Schrödinger, and Werner Heisenberg as they navigate groundbreaking discoveries and the potential consequences of their work. Through a mix of fact and fiction, this book reveals the strange and exhilarating world of science.
Publish Date
First Published in 2019
Goodreads rating
@kristoncapps I'm reading this right now, and it's astonishing. The first chapter may be the best first chapter I've read in a book, ever.      source
11/100. When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamin Labatut. Pop physics books are my favorites and this book had so much going for it - I loved the narrative non-fiction style, the voice, the scope. The choice to move towards fiction felt off.      source
A weird and fascinating book. Biographical sketches of the founders of quantum theory, Heisenberg, Schrodinger, in particular, and of other scientists, with lurid fantasies about their private lives combined with a somewhat ambivalent view of science.      source
Just finished 'When We Cease To Understand The World' (by Benjamin Labatut), an amazingly insightful narrative about the dark interconnected web behind some of the great discoveries of the last 100 years. Never read a book like it. Can highly recommend.      source
great book, if you want to read a book      source
Thank you my friend @MBazilian … You turned me on to the transfixing book “When we cease to understand the world” I would love to read a joint deep dive into it by @nadiamdrake and her father @ElizKolbert @neiltyson @NaomiOreskes      source