Let there be ... lightness?

Early reviews call The Lightness of Being, "a lively, playful, and inventive tour de force" as well as "a colorful and masterful treatment of recent developments in fundamental physics."

A central theme of this book is that the ancient contrast between celestial Light and earthy Matter has been transcended. In modern physics, all the stuff out there is unified into a "Being" more like the traditional idea of light than the traditional idea of matter.

Author Frank Wilczek has been playing with unified visions of nature since, as a 21 year-old physics grad student, he did work that won him the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics.

More about this website: for a closer look inside The Lightness of Being, check out "Inside the Book". For reviews and book-related events try "More for the Reader". If you're interested in writing to or about Frank Wilczek, proceed to Resources / Contact. To sample more of his work, and understand your world better, "About the Author" links to his new author website, FrankWilczek.com. Bonus link: LHC rap video, created by Kate McAlpine!


Finally it's out there, thanks to Basic Books! I hope you can find it in your local bookstore, but if not Amazon will send it to you.