In a Flight of Starlings: The Wonders of Complex Systems


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Penguin Press
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6.34 X 8.54 X 0.69 inches | 0.63 pounds

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About the Author

Giorgio Parisi is an Italian theoretical physicist and professor of theoretical physics at the Sapienza University of Rome. Together with Klaus Hasselmann and Syukuro Manabe, he received the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics.


"It doesn't take interest or a background in physics to appreciate Parisi's work. Writing in clear terms for the layperson that avoid making the reader feel like they've wandered into a lecture hall, the physicist offers a glimpse into his work and a look at how scientific research has evolved over the years . . . The deceptively slim volume serves as a forceful argument for the value of scientific literacy at a time when it's increasingly being challenged by misinformation . . . Parisi's book is a step toward making physics feel more accessible." --Associated Press

"An interesting collection of essays reflecting on [Parisi's] long career in science . . . The scientific explanations are admirably lucid." --The Wall Street Journal

"Stimulating . . . This ode to the scientific process fascinates." --Publishers Weekly

"Parisi's voice is amiable and conversational, which endows [In a Flight of Starlings] with the feel of a conversation with a wise and generous elder." --Kirkus

"[Giorgio Parisi is] an extraordinary scientist." --Carlo Rovelli

"Giorgio Parisi is renowned for his scientific creativity, originality, and power. In this exhilarating little book, he shows his human side, too. By its end, readers will feel they've made a charming, witty new friend." --Frank Wilczek, winner of the Nobel Prize and author of Fundamentals

"In this delightful and deeply thoughtful book, Giorgio Parisi weaves a tapestry of experiences and ideas that connects disciplines and prepares us to appreciate the beauty, importance, and cultural value of science." --Frances Arnold, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry