From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of TimePaperback
- Publisher: New American Library
- Format: Paperback | 438 pages
- Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 30mm | 381g
- Publication date: 26 October 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0452296544
- ISBN 13: 9780452296541
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Illustrations note: diagrams, figures
- Sales rank: 70,489
"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.
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By Rui Antunes 25 Mar 2011
We feel time but do we really understand it? The arrow of time is one of the properties of our universe that is still under debate.
With this book, Sean Carroll was able to do for entropy and the arrow of time, the same that Brian Greene did, with his The Elegant Universe, for string theory: raise relevant questions and give both generally accepted answers and his own personal views, in a way that was both fascinating and easy to understand.
Entropy concepts are very well explained and I liked the courage that the author had in placing a few (simple) formulas in the book, where it did perfect sense. I just think that the author should have treated the Inflationary model with a little bit more detail (fortunately, I had read Alan Guth's The Inflationary Universe before, so that was not a problem to me). Nevertheless, I think this is an almost perfect physics book.
"Unifying cosmology, thermodynamics, and information science into a refreshingly accessible whole, "From Eternity to Here" will make you wish time's arrow could fly in reverse, if only so you could once again read the book for the first time." -"Seed Magazine" "Carroll...takes his readers on a fascinating and refreshing trek through every known back alley and cul de sac of quantum mechanics, relativity, cosmology and theoretical physics. The best way to grasp the rich mysteries of our universe is by constantly rereading the best and clearest explanations. Mr. Carroll's "From Eternity to Here" is certainly one of them." -"Wall Street Journal" "For anyone who ever wondered about the nature of time and how it influences our universe, this book is a must read. It is beautifully written, lucid, and deep." -Kip Thorne, Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at Caltech, author of "Black Holes and Time Warps" "Sean Carroll's "From Eternity to Here" provides a wonderfully accessible account of some of the most profound mysteries of modern physics. While you may not agree with all his conclusions, you will find the discussion fascinating, and taken to much deeper levels than is normal in a work of popular science." -Sir Roger Penrose, University of Oxford, author of "The Road to Reality" and "The EMperor's New Mind"