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



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"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 Hereis 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.

Author Biography

Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist at Caltech who has won fellowships from the Sloan and Packard foundations, NASA, and the National Science Foundation. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, writer Jennifer Ouellette.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 1
Time, Experience, and the Universe
The Past Is Present Memoryp. 9
The Heavy Hand of Entropyp. 26
The Beginning and End of Timep. 44
Time in Einstein's Universe
Time Is Personalp. 67
Time Is Flexiblep. 82
Looping Through Timep. 93
Entropy and Time's Arrow
Running Time Backwardp. 119
Entropy and Disorderp. 143
Information and Lifep. 179
Recurrent Nightmaresp. 202
Quantum Timep. 228
From the Kitchen to the Multiverse
Black Holes: The Ends of Timep. 259
The Life of the Universep. 287
Inflation and the Multiversep. 315
The Past Through Tomorrowp. 339
Epiloguep. 366
Appendix: Mathp. 377
Notesp. 385
Bibliographyp. 411
Acknowledgmentsp. 421
Indexp. 423
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