Physics: The Ultimate Adventure

The idea to write a physics book for non-physicists began when I joined up with an old friend and former colleague, Pier Paolo Delsanto, to tour for a week through Provence in France. He had recently retired from the Polytechnic University of Turin. We had worked together on a theory of nuclear scattering in the seventies and eighties, but since then we had both changed to other areas of physics and fallen out of touch.

“Wouldn’t it be great to work together again on a joint project” he suggested, and I wholeheartedly agreed. “Let’s write a physics book for non-physicists,” he said, “with little, or no mathematics.” I could see the value of such a book in helping overcome a perception, held by many in our community, that physics is too hard, boring, and irrelevant.  We both believe that physics, far from being dry, can be and should be made, beautiful, inspiring and enjoyable. We approached Angelo Tartaglia, a cosmologist also at the Turin Polytechnic, to join us in our endeavour.


The end result of our collaboration is the book shown above, which was published in 2016 by Springer as part of their Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics series. It is a book to aid non-physicists in understanding modern developments in physics, and for prospective physicists to get an overview of the whole field before deciding on a specialisation.

The book is available from Springer at Springer Book or from Amazon at Amazon Book

and from other online booksellers.

ABC National Science Program: Ockham's Razor

An Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) nationwide science program, Ockham's Razor, in which I discussed a theme from Physics:The Ultimate Adventure, was broadcast on 4th September, 2016. It is available as a podcast from: ABC Podcast


A transcript of the 15 minute long presentation can be obtained from  ABC Transcript