- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Oneworld Publications (1 Mar. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1851687955
- ISBN-13: 978-1851687954
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.9 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 593,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
From Eternity to Here: The Quest For The Ultimate Theory Of Time Paperback – 1 Mar 2011
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'Forget Stephen Hawking's Brief History: this mind-blowing book is the real deal... Fascinating.'(Times Higher Education, Book of the Week)
'Carroll's insight will intrigue anyone... Most enjoyable.'(BBC Focus)
About the Author
Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology. In addition to the Royal Society Winton Prize, he has been awarded prizes and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, NASA, the American Physical Society and the American Institute of Physics. He lives in Los Angeles. Follow him @seanmcarroll and read his blog at preposterousuniverse.com.
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Anyway whatever, why does this book get 5 stars? Simple; it's not a short book and he says different and more stuff than is normally found in popular physics books. To not have to again wade through 100 pages of relativity and that damn double slit experiment before i get to what i bought the book to read is refreshing, to say the least! The author actually acknowledges this at some place in the book, too, which was nice. He goes deep (non-mathematically and compared to other popular physics books), into the reasoning behind what these guys are doing and why. Looking at my shelf there is nothing that compares to this guy's books (The Big Picture isn't short, either), save for maybe the World Treasury of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics. Although, granted, there's only about 50 physics books on my self so i'm not exactly learned, but still, i'm impressed! And will be reading all of this guys books before i'm done (including the one's i didn't consider because i've heard and read about the topics elsewhere), as this guy will say stuff on those topics that i haven't heard before, i'm sure of it.
As to the legitimacy of the arguments? I haven't got a clue. I'm not a physicist and i don't understand the mathematics behind it all so, basically, i cannot legitimately argue. But it's deep (based on my experience of other books), and it's fascinating.
In short, if you've read a bunch of physics books and are still looking for something more, i feel confident in recommending that you move this guy to the top of your list!
ps. maybe i should have posted this in review of his new book for exposure, but i haven't read that book yet and didn't want to hold off on writing this.
1) The Quantum Universe: Everything that can happen does happen.
2) Quantum: A guide for the perplexed.
There are no significant mathematical hurdles to navigate (unlike field theory) but if you fatigue with the thought experiments and logic, Sean Carroll has a lovely dry sense of humour that rescues the situation.
It isn't a read anywhere book. Although available in my Public Library, it needs a quiet reading room. It induces narcolepsy. Enjoy!
A great read, and hard to put down. Some of the concepts are a little mind-bending, and take a lot of thought to get your head round (what else would you expect from a book that tackles such a subject?) but it's fascinating to follow the journey the author takes you on.
If you are interested in this book, you should already be beyond the stage of needing to see reviews about it - its a must read!!
Nevertheless a great discussion of time and entropy and the seemingly irreconcilable dilemma between them.
Would highly recommend. Again, vendors services excellent. Thank you.
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