When We Cease to Understand the World
A fast-paced, mind-expanding literary work about scientific discovery, ethics and the unsettled distinction between genius and madness.Albert Einstein opens a letter sent to him from the Eastern Front of World War I. Inside, he finds the first exact solution to the equations of general relativity, unaware that it contains a monster that could destr...
2022-01-02T17:20:23.000Z@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
2022-03-01T09:19:26.000Z11/100. 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
2023-01-16T01:10:28.000ZA 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
2020-09-06T10:55:08.000ZJust 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