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Labatut Benjamin

When We Cease to Understand the World

by Labatut Benjamin

When We Cease to Understand the World

Labatut Benjamin

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A book about the bounds of the human imagination, centring on some of the most influential scientific theorems and thinkers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

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When We Cease to Understand the World

by Labatut Benjamin

When We Cease to Understand the World

Labatut Benjamin

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When We Cease to Understand the World presents a series of inter-woven vignettes, orbiting around the lives of the greatest and most controversial scientists of the twentieth century: Haber, Schwarzschild, Mochizuki, Grothendiek, Bohr, and Heisenberg. Whether it was theoretical mathematics, quantum mechanics, or the flux of outer space, each of these thinkers went where the human mind had not travelled before.

Translated into 22 languages and shortlisted for the International Booker Prize, When We Cease to Understand the World is the apex of Benjamin Labatut's eclectic career. The Dutch-born Chilean author has published several works in his native Spanish, ranging from collections of short stories to experimental biographies. In this masterful work, Labatut creates a dazzling collision of poetic prose, scientific theory, and historical accident to explore humanity's greatest discoveries.

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"The physicist, like the poet, should not describe the facts of the world, but rather generate metaphors and mental connections."

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