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Oneworld Publications
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The Big Picture

On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself

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Häftad,  Engelska, 2017-05-04
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Fascinating Brian Cox, Mail on Sunday Books of the Year Where are we? Who are we? Do our beliefs, hopes and dreams hold any significance out there in the void? Can human purpose and meaning ever fit into a scientific worldview? Award-winning author Sean Carroll brings his extraordinary intellect to bear on the realms of knowledge, the laws of nature and the most profound questions about life, death and our place in it all. From Darwin and Einstein to the origins of life, consciousness and the universe itself, Carroll combines cosmos-sprawling science and profound thought in a quest to explain our world. Destined to sit alongside the works of our greatest thinkers, The Big Picture demonstrates that while our lives may be forever dwarfed by the immensity of the universe, they can be redeemed by our capacity to comprehend it and give it meaning.
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Its very much in the tradition of Carl Sagans Cosmos, which is one of my all-time favourite science books. Books like that are not only about science, they put science in the wider context of our societythey explain and present not only the things weve learned about a relatively esoteric subject, but link those discoveries to our experience. Learning about nature teaches us about ourselves and how we should behave. I think that the best science books make that connection. -- Professor Brian Cox, science writers on the books that inspired them, <i>Guardian</i> An extraordinarily ambitious synthesis of science and philosophyThe Big Picture impresses. Carroll is a lively and sympathetic author who writes as well about biology and philosophy as he does about his own field of physics. * Clive Cookson, <i>Financial Times</i> * in detail and absorbing. * Tim Radford, <i>Guardian</i> * Sean Carrolls lucid The Big Picture reveals how the universe works and our place in it. Carroll, a philosophically sophisticated physicist, discusses consciousness without gimmicks, and deftly shows how current physics is so solid that it rules out ESP for ever. * <i>Observer</i> * A humane and compelling story for our increasingly secular age. * Manjit Kumar, <i>Literary Review</i> * A highly enjoyable and lucid tour through a wide range of topicseven if you dont agree with what [Carroll] says, you are unlikely to be enraged by such an urbane and engaging lecturer; more likely, you will be enthralled. * <i>Wall Street Journal</i> * Language, philosophy, quantum mechanics, general relativity theyre all in The Big Picture. Sean Carroll is a fantastically erudite and entertaining writer. -- Elizabeth Kolbert, author of <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>The Sixth Extinction</i> Weaving the threads of astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, and philosophy into a seamless narrative tapestry, Sean Carroll enthralls us with what weve figured out in the universe and humbles us with what we dont yet understand. Yet in the end, its the meaning of it all that feeds your soul of curiosity. -- Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of <i>Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey</i> Carroll beautifully articulates the world view suggested by contemporary naturalism. Thorny issues like free will, the direction of time, and the source of morality are clarified with elegance and insight... This is a book that should be read by everybody. -- Carlo Rovelli, author of <i>Seven Brief Lessons on Physics</i> A tour de force that offers a comprehensive snapshot of the human situation in our infinitely strange universe, and it does this with highly accessible language and engaging storytelling. * <i></i> * Carrolls new book reveals how physicists quest to better understand the fundamental laws of nature has led to astonishing insights into life, the universe, and everything. -- Sabine Hossenfelder, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies [Carroll] sets out to show how various phenomena, including thought, choice, consciousness, and value, hang together with the scientific account of reality that has been developed in physics in the past 100 years. He attempts to do all this without relying on specialized jargon from philosophy and physics and succeeds spectacularly in achieving both aims. * <i>Science</i> * From the Big Bang to the meaning of human existence, The Big Picture is exactly that a magisterial, yet deeply fascinating, grand tour through the issues that really matter. Blending science and philosophy, Sean Carroll gives us a humane perspective on the universe and our place in it. As gripping as it is important, The Big Picture can change the way you think about the world. -- Neil Shubin,

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Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology. In addition to the Royal Society Winton Prize, he has been awarded prizes and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, NASA, the American Physical Society and the American Institute of Physics. He lives in Los Angeles.