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What Physics Tells Us About the World

Reported by:
Jennifer Costley

Presented by:

The New York Academy of Sciences


Jim Al-Khalili, PhD
University of Surrey


With his newly released book The World According to Physics as a point of reference, Jim Al-Khalili offers an illuminating look at what physics reveals about the world. Shining a light on the most profound insights revealed by modern physics, he invites us to reflect on what this crucially important science can tell us about the universe and the nature of reality itself. Educational and enlightening, this talk illustrates why physics is indispensable to understanding the world around us and invites us all to share in the profound adventure of seeking truth.

In This eBriefing, You’ll Learn:

  • How the three pillars of modern physics ― quantum theory, relativity, and thermodynamics ― must come together if we are ever to have a full understanding of reality
  • Relatable examples and thought-provoking analogies that elucidate the speculative frontiers of the field, and the physics that underpin our everyday experiences and technologies

Jim Al-Khalili, PhD

University of Surrey

Jim Al-Khalili is a British theoretical physicist, author and broadcaster. He is Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Surrey, a regular broadcaster and presenter of science programs on BBC radio and television, and the author of numerous books, including The World According to Physics, Quantum: A Guide for the Perplexed; and Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology.

He received his PhD in theoretical nuclear physics in 1989 and has published over a hundred research papers on quantum physics. He is a recipient of the Royal Michael Faraday medal and the Institute of Physics Kelvin Medal. In 2016 he received the inaugural Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication. He is a fellow of the Royal Society and lives in Southsea, England.



Al-Khalili, Jim

The World According to Physics

Princeton University Press, 2020

Al-Khalili, Jim

Quantum: A Guide for the Perplexed

Orion Publishing Co., 2012

Al-Khalili, Jim

Quantum Mechanics (A Ladybird Expert Book)

Penguin Books, 2017

Einstein, Albert

Relativity: The Special and General Theory

Methuen & Co Ltd, 1920

Al-Khalili, Jim

The Life Scientific

BBC Radio 4, 2020