The Consolations of Physics by Tim  Radford
(Sceptre, 2018)

The Consolations of Physics

by Tim Radford

The Consolations of Physics is an eloquent manifesto for physics. In an age where uncertainty and division is rife, Tim Radford, science editor of the Guardian for twenty-five years, turns to the wonders of the universe for consolation.

From the launch of the Voyager spacecraft and how it furthered our understanding of planets, stars and galaxies to the planet composed entirely of diamond and graphite and the sound of a blacksmith’s anvil; from the hole NASA drilled in the heavens to the discovery of the Higgs Boson and the endeavours to prove the Big Bang, The Consolations of Physics will guide you from a tiny particle to the marvels of outer space.


A beautiful, inspiring reflection on science, humanity, space, and matter – this would blow Boethius's mind.”
- Sarah Bakewell, author of At the Existentialist Cafe
Radford is a much-admired journalist: graceful, witty and adept at squeezing human interest from the driest maths.”
- Graham Farmelo, The Guardian