National Identity Is Toxic - An Essay from Carlo Rovelli

Carlo Rovelli, theoretical physicist and the bestselling author of The Order of Time and Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, is known for communicating intricate theories and equations to the general public with such clarity and elegance that it has earned him the nickname of 'the poet of modern physics.' 

His new book, There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness, is a luminous collection of essays reflecting on history, physics, philosophy and politics that reflect the true breadth of Rovelli's insight and literary craftmanship. We are delighted to have the chance to share one of the essays from the book, National Indentity Is Toxic.


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