Carlo Rovelli

Centre de Physique Theorique de Luminy
Case 907, Luminy, F-13288 Marseille, France
Office Number: 423

Founder of the quantum gravity group of the Centre de Physique Théorique (CPT) of the Aix-Marseille University. 

Curriculum Vitae

Publications (From the ArXiv)

Introduction to Loop Quantum Gravity.

This is the video recording of the introductory course to LQG that I have given in Marseille in March 2018.

DropBox Link to course material.

Recently I have been repeatedly asked for copies of two old papers:

- The long original paper with Lee Smolin introducing the Loop representation:  C Rovelli, L Smolin: “Loop space representation for quantum general relativity”, Nuclear Physics B331, 80 (1990)
I have asked permission to Elsevier and I am waiting for an answer.

- The first paper on fermions in LQG: H Morales-Tecotl and C Rovelli: ``Loop space representation of quantum fermions and gravity", Nuclear Physics B 451, 325 (1995)

Technical Books

 "Covariant Loop Quantum Gravity", by Francesca Vidotto and myself.  Straightforward introduction to LQG.
CUP site (£ 37.50), site ($ 58.00), Kindle edition ($ 37.49 )


 "Quantum Gravity",  Detailed discussion of Quantum Gravity, not up to date as the previous one.
 CUP site (£ 57.00), site ($ 36.98),

Large-Public Books

The Order of Time   (Now also in French and English).
In depth discussion on the nature of time.

Lezioni English
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Seven Brief Lessons of Physics  (Translated in 41 languages)
Brief account of modern physics.
English : Seven Brief Lessons on Physics (Penguin), French : Sept brèves leçons de physique (Odile Jacobe), Italian : Sette brevi lezioni di fisica (Adelphi)



Reality is not what it seems  
Popular science book on loop quantum gravity.
Italian: La realtà non è come ci appare

And the book I love the most and is the less known:


Dedicated to one of the greatest figures of the ancient history of science, with an essay on the nature of science.
French: Anaximandre de Milet (  English: Anaximander ( .  In Italian: Ansssimandro (


Online "introductory lectures on loop quantum gravity", on the Perimeter Institute website.

Here (Pirsa Server)

Introduction to Loop Quantum Gravity.

"Anassimandro a Cenci ", in italiano.

Qui c'è il video (Youtube)

Una chiacchierata su Anassimandro, e la scienza, in un luogo magico.

La mia "Lecture Magistralis", dal titolo "Cos'è la scienza?" al Festival della Scienza di Genova, in italiano.

Qui c'è il video (dal sito del festival)

Parlo di Anassimandro, di gravità quantistica, della natura della scienza, e del conflitto fra scienza e religione.

2011 lecture on Loop Quantum Gravity

This is an mp4 video (now it works, previosuly the link was broken) of the lecture I have given at the LOOPS 11 conference in Madrid (May 2011).

I give an overview of the theory, after the momentous developments and the results of the last few years.

La vera storia di come Terra ha compreso se stessa rispecchiandosi nella Luna

Presentazione pubblica alla Basilica di Massenzio, a Roma, per il "Festival delle Letterature" (con musica e immagini).

"Anassimandro di Mileto" 

The book"Anassimandro di Mileto" is about the ancient Greek philosopher Anaximander, and is a reflection on the nature of scientific thinking. 

New : The book will appear also in Portugese (Loyola Publisher) and in Greek (Yannou editions).

Italiano: Il libro "Anassimandro di Mileto"parla dell'antico filosofo greco Anassimandro, ed è una riflessione sulla natura del pensiero scientifico.
E' scritto in italiano. 

New : Il libro è pubblicato da Mondadori Università. Può essere ordinato qui, a

CD and livre numerique "Temps et Espace" 

A two hours conversation on the historical evolution of the concepts of time and space has been recorded by the the editor De Vive Voix, and published as a CD, as well as an Ebook.   They are available here: CDEbook.

Une conversation de deux heures, en français, sur l'évolution des notions d'espace et de temps a été enregistrée par l'editeur
De Vive Voix,