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Sean M Carroll

From eternity to here

Time has always been thought of as something of a mystery, especially when looking at the role of time and the development of the universe. In From eternity to here: the quest for the ultimate theory of time Sean M Carroll examines some of the problems related to time and the universe and discusses their possible resolutions.

The book looks at a number of issues relating to time. How do we think of past, present and future? How did the universe begin and what will its fate be? Do we live in a multiverse? Is it possible to travel back in time? Are you just a 'Boltzmann Brain?' There are also chapters on black holes and on quantum theory. The central theme, however, is the question 'Why was entropy so low after the big bang?' Carroll explains why this is thought to be a problem, and at the end of the book discusses possible resolutions.

The book has plenty of material, but proceeds at a gentler pace than many similar books, so it should be suitable for those without much prior experience of the subjects covered. Indeed some might think that it takes too long to get to the point which then turns out to be rather tentative. However, it has so much of interest that I would definitely recommend it as worth reading info
Paperback 464 pages  
ISBN: 0452296544
Salesrank: 70200
Weight:0.84 lbs
Published: 2010 Dutton
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Paperback 448 pages  
ISBN: 1851687955
Salesrank: 383355
Weight:1.73 lbs
Published: 2011 Oneworld Publications
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Paperback 464 pages  
ISBN: 0452296544
Salesrank: 77457
Weight:0.84 lbs
Published: 2010 Dutton
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Product Description
"An accessible and engaging exploration of the mysteries of time."
-Brian Greene, author of The Elegant Universe

Twenty years ago, Stephen Hawking tried to explain time by understanding the Big Bang. Now, Sean Carroll says we need to be more ambitious. One of the leading theoretical physicists of his generation, Carroll delivers a dazzling and paradigm-shifting theory of time's arrow that embraces subjects from entropy to quantum mechanics to time travel to information theory and the meaning of life.

From Eternity to Here is no less than the next step toward understanding how we came to exist, and a fantastically approachable read that will appeal to a broad audience of armchair physicists, and anyone who ponders the nature of our world.