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

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Penguin, Jan 7, 2010 - Science - 448 pages
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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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User Review  - GlennBell - LibraryThing

The book starts out with an understandable discussion. Toward the end I started to get lost and disinterested. Note: I have a PhD in engineering and taught physics. I appreciate that Sean is an expert in theoretical physics and has written an interesting book. Read full review

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In the realm of popular physics books, this one is a three-legged mule. It doesn't even have much to say about time, aside from an unbelievably long-winded explanation of entropy. The writing is ... Read full review

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Contents

PART ONE TIME EXPERIENCE AND THE UNIVERSE
THE PAST IS PRESENT MEMORY
THE HEAVY HAND OF ENTROPY
THE BEGINNING AND END OF TIME
PART TWO TIME IN EINSTEINS UNIVERSE
TIME IS PERSONAL
TIME IS FLEXIBLE
LOOPING THROUGH TIME
RECURRENT NIGHTMARES
QUANTUM TIME
PART FOUR FROM THE KITCHEN TO THE MULTIVERSE
THE ENDS OF TIME
THE LIFE OF THE UNIVERSE
INFLATION AND THE MULTIVERSE
THE PAST THROUGH TOMORROW
EPILOGUE

PART THREE ENTROPY AND TIMES ARROW
RUNNING TIME BACKWARD
ENTROPY AND DISORDER
INFORMATION AND LIFE
NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Acknowledgements

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About the author (2010)

SEAN B. CARROLL is professor of molecular biology and genetics and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of The Making of the Fittest and Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a best science book of the year in Discover magazine and USA Today.

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