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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (913 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sean Carroll Narrator: Erik Synnestvedt Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 Internet.

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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alain van Hoof | 2/20/2014

    " I always liked and supported the position: "Because before the BigBang there was no 'time' the question, what was before the BigBang didn't need to be answered because the is no before" After reading this book, I'm open to new suggestions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Adam Twyman | 2/3/2014

    " Utterly fascinating. A superbly well written book with careful and detailed explanations. Accessible to the lay reader and truly mind bending! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Daniel R. | 1/24/2014

    " This book is a through and frequently tedious exploration for a theory of time. Pay close attention to the word "Quest" in the subtitle. This books poses many questions that don't have answers yet and instead focuses on the various theories that currently exist. The book starts with an introduction to possible definitions of what time is, the role of entropy, and the Second Law of Thermodynamics. With that foundation it dives into microscopic constituents, macroscopic systems, and quantum mechanics before finishing off with inflation, the reversibility of time, and multiverses. I found as I went along the tractability became further removed from everyday life and ended up almost entirely in the realm of theoretical physics and dare I say philosophy. If you are interested in understanding the current state of thinking about what time is, the origins of the universe, and similar topics the author's writing is excellent and the copious footnotes helpful. It just felt like it took an eternity to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Peter | 1/22/2014

    " I saw Sean Carroll give a talk about this book in Melbourne and it was a virtuoso performance. I really enjoyed the first chapters -- they blew my mind -- but my interest flagged a bit towards the end. I must add that having studied physics for many years, I have learned that when I find something dull, it is usually because I don't understand it. What I got from this book is that comparison between what we think time is and what general relativity says it is is food for much satisfying thought. "

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