From Eternity to Here by Sean Carroll
The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time

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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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About Sean Carroll

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SEAN CARROLL, PhD, is a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology. After receiving his doctorate at Harvard, he pursued his research at MIT, the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara, and the University of Chicago. Also the author of From Eternity to Here, he lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published November 6, 2009 by Plume. 448 pages
Genres: Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Time, a famous scientist pointed out, is nature’s way of making sure everything doesn’t happen at once.

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Publishers Weekly

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Carroll explains the scientific studies of time in an accessible text for the lay reader, but one that proves prohibitively confusing for the lay listener.

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That is to say, all that we think we know about the arrow of time, for Mr. Carroll's greatest virtue, aside from the clarity of his prose—an absolute "must" when dealing with matters as complex and counterintuitive as quantum gravity, black holes, tachyons and dark energy—is his honesty in deline...

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The Wall Street Journal

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The answers seem obvious—until philosophers and scientists try to pin them down

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From Eternity To Here: The Quest For The Ultimate Theory Of Time might be the best popular-science book ever to attempt a reconciliation of the nature of time itself—an arrow going only one direction, toward the future—with what we know and suspect about the physical properties of existence.

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The Washington Post

According to the law as explained by Carroll, the Big Bang probably won't happen again, and scrambled eggs probably couldn't be unscrambled even in a universe that ran backward.

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The Bookbag

I also loved Carroll's language - The Elegant Universe and a preposterous universe These are phrases to make you stop and think.

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Science News

Thus the whole “multiverse” of universes has overall time symmetry, while the universe that humans inhabit travels along its entropy-driven one-way street.

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