It seems that Italians find physics sexier than S&M – at least for reading material. The book, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, was published just last Septemberm. And it has sold more copies in Rovelli's native country, Italy, than E.L. James' smash hit Fifty Shades of Grey, The Spectator reported. And the translated copy of Rovelli's book in English, has quickly climbed to become Penguin's fastest-selling science debut in the publishing firm's history. Nevertheless, it's not like physics is a subject that mostly people flock toward. Actually, physics has been the least popular STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) major for US undergraduates since the late '60s.
Image Credit: Seven Brief Lessons on Physics/Carlo Rovelli
Another benefit is that his book is merely 78 pages long – not so frightening a length for such a tough subject. And the chapters don't throw any of its readers off the deep end, according to the author.
Rovelli said in a promotional video by Penguin "It covers modern physics and is written for people who know nothing about modern science. What is heat? What is space? What is time? And especially … how many mysteries are still [out] there? It focuses on the large amount of things we don't know rather than what we do know."
You can read more detail about Rovelli's book on SevenBriefLessons.com.