5x15 presents: Carlo Rovelli and Oliver Burkeman in conversation

5x15 presents: Carlo Rovelli and Oliver Burkeman in conversation

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Join 5x15 online with two extraordinary thinkers - leading theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli and best-selling author Oliver Burkeman

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Join two of 5x15’s favourite guests, Carlo Rovelli and Oliver Burkeman, to discuss time, the universe and our place in it.

Carlo Rovelli’s HELOGLAND was an instant bestseller when it was published in 2021, and was chosen as a book of the year by The Times, Financial Times, Sunday Times, Guardian and Prospect. To celebrate its paperback publication, we are delighted to welcome Carlo back to 5x15 to revisit this beautiful, thrilling and mind-bending journey into the world of quantum physics.

In HELGOLAND, Carlo Rovelli tells the story of the birth of quantum physics and its bright young founders, who were to become some of the most famous Nobel winners in science. It is a celebration of youthful rebellion and intellectual revolution; an invitation to a magical place, and a dazzling work from one of our most celebrated scientists and master storytellers, reminding us of the many pleasures of the life of the mind.

Carlo will be joined in conversation by Guardian writer Oliver Burkeman, whose best-selling book FOUR THOUSAND WEEKS was a smash hit and a Financial Times, Guardian and Observer book of the year in 2021. Drawing on the insights of both ancient and contemporary philosophers, psychologists and spiritual teachers, it is a book that sets out to realign our relationship with time - and in doing so, to liberate us from its tyranny.

Carlo Rovelli is a theoretical physicist who has made significant contributions to the physics of space and time. His books Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, Reality is Not What it Seems and The Order of Time are international bestsellers which have been translated into 43 languages and have sold over 2 million copies worldwide in all formats. His many fans include Benedict Cumberbatch, Antony Gormley, Neil Gaiman, Es Devlin, Lily Cole, David Hockney, Philip Pullman, Nick Hornby and Morgan Freeman. Rovelli is currently working in Canada and also directing the quantum gravity research group of the Centre de Physique Théorique in Marseille, France.

Oliver Burkeman is the author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking, and for many years wrote a popular weekly column on psychology for the Guardian, 'This Column Will Change Your Life'. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Psychologies and New Philosopher. He has a devoted following for his writing on productivity, mortality, the power of limits, and building a meaningful life in an age of bewilderment.

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