From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time

From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time

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By (author) Sean Carroll

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  • Publisher: Dutton Books
  • Format: Hardback | 438 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 229mm x 38mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 7 January 2010
  • ISBN 10: 0525951334
  • ISBN 13: 9780525951339
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, black & white line drawings, figures
  • Sales rank: 237,553

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A rising star in theoretical physics offers his awesome vision of our universe and beyond, all beginning with a simple question: Why does time move forward? Time moves forward, not backward-everyone knows you can't unscramble an egg. In the hands of one of today's hottest young physicists, that simple fact of breakfast becomes a doorway to understanding the Big Bang, the universe, and other universes, too. In "From Eternity to Here," Sean Carroll argues that the arrow of time, pointing resolutely from the past to the future, owes its existence to conditions "before" the Big Bang itself-a period modern cosmology of which Einstein never dreamed. Increasingly, though, physicists are going out into realms that make the theory of relativity seem like child's play. Carroll's scenario is not only elegant, it's laid out in the same easy-to- understand language that has made his group blog, Cosmic Variance, the most popular physics blog on the Net. "From Eternity to Here" uses ideas at the cutting edge of theoretical physics to explore how properties of spacetime before the Big Bang can explain the flow of time we experience in our everyday lives. Carroll suggests that we live in a baby universe, part of a large family of universes in which many of our siblings experience an arrow of time running in the opposite direction. It's an ambitious, fascinating picture of the universe on an ultra-large scale, one that will captivate fans of popular physics blockbusters like "Elegant Universe" and "A Brief History of Time."

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"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" pro