The Big Picture

The Big Picture

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

eBook - 2016
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*INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER*
"Vivid . . . impressive. . . . Splendidly informative."-- The New York Times
" Suceeds spectacularly." --Science
"A tour de force."-- Salon

Already internationally acclaimed for his elegant, lucid writing on the most challenging notions in modern physics, Sean Carroll is emerging as one of the greatest humanist thinkers of his generation as he brings his extraordinary intellect to bear not only on Higgs bosons and extra dimensions but now also on our deepest personal questions: Where are we? Who are we? Are our emotions, our beliefs, and our hopes and dreams ultimately meaningless out there in the void? Do human purpose and meaning fit into a scientific worldview?

In short chapters filled with intriguing historical anecdotes, personal asides, and rigorous exposition, readers learn the difference between how the world works at the quantum level, the cosmic level, and the human level -- and then how each connects to the other. Carroll's presentation of the principles that have guided the scientific revolution from Darwin and Einstein to the origins of life, consciousness, and the universe is dazzlingly unique.  

Carroll shows how an avalanche of discoveries in the past few hundred years has changed our world and what really matters to us. Our lives are dwarfed like never before by the immensity of space and time, but they are redeemed by our capacity to comprehend it and give it meaning.

The Big Picture is an unprecedented scientific worldview, a tour de force that will sit on shelves alongside the works of Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan, Daniel Dennett, and E. O. Wilson for years to come.


From the Hardcover edition.
Published: New York, New York :, Dutton est. 1852, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780698409767
Branch Call Number: OVERDRIVE DOWNLOADABLE EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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ArapahoeAnnaL Dec 20, 2017

So many things you may be curious about and explained in an accessible manner.

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pm221
Oct 18, 2017

Although the science is of course impeccable, the objective of the book is not really achieved. This was meant to have been a comparison of the scientific pov with the religious. Unfortunately Dr Carroll's lack of experience or understanding of religion let him down, to the point of setting up straw men such as astrology or miracles in order to dismiss the validity of spiritual matters when considered scientifically.

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Spokoj
Feb 17, 2017

Not quite what I expected. Read selected chapters. Interesting approach to naturalist philosophy from a physicist.

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Feb 04, 2017

Brilliant exploration of the history and current state of science from quantum field theory to how life started along with it's effect on philosophy : how we think about God, ourselves, consciousness, etc.

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StarGladiator
Jun 11, 2016

Yeah . . . yeah . . . yeah - - been there, read that! Far better explained in Fantastic Four, issues 41 to 43, titled Subatomica - - now THAT explained everything!

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