When We Cease to Understand the World When We Cease to Understand the World

When We Cease to Understand the World

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Publisher Description

One of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2021

Shortlisted for the 2021 International Booker Prize and the 2021 National Book Award for Translated Literature

A fictional examination of the lives of real-life scientists and thinkers whose discoveries resulted in moral consequences beyond their imagining.


When We Cease to Understand the World is a book about the complicated links between scientific and mathematical discovery, madness, and destruction. 

Fritz Haber, Alexander Grothendieck, Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrödinger—these are some of luminaries into whose troubled lives Benjamín Labatut thrusts the reader, showing us how they grappled with the most profound questions of existence. They have strokes of unparalleled genius, alienate friends and lovers, descend into isolation and insanity. Some of their discoveries reshape human life for the better; others pave the way to chaos and unimaginable suffering. The lines are never clear.

At a breakneck pace and with a wealth of disturbing detail, Labatut uses the imaginative resources of fiction to tell the stories of the scientists and mathematicians who expanded our notions of the possible.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2021
September 28
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
192
Pages
PUBLISHER
New York Review Books
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
1.2
MB

Customer Reviews

Anon-y-mouse ,

Ignore the bad reviews

You either get it or you don’t. If you’re the type who normally gets it, you will. If not, you probably won’t.

Goodgnat ,

Absolutely fascinating

Through great storytelling, I actually understand a bit about quantum mechanics where previous attempts failed.

abigailllc ,

Enlightening, Dark, Gripping and Profound

An excellent read that kept me intrigued for 3 days straight, I feel as if I have to read it a few more times to come to terms with what was conveyed.

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