Carlo Rovelli on reality

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Ever since we discovered that the Earth is round and turns like a mad spinning-top we have understood that reality is not as it appears to us: every time we glimpse a new aspect of it, it is a deeply emotional experience. (Carlo Rovelli, Seven brief lessons on physics, 2014/tr. 2015)

– I’m not sure if there ever was a time when people thought the world was as it appears. Whether you go back into pre-classical Greece or pre-western Australia, civilisations invested places (groves, rocks) with attributes that were real and could not be seen. I love reading about physics and about cosmology, but this quote seems to claim too much for science.



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Paul Hodson

Head of Unit "EnergyEfficiency" at European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy

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