Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime

Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime

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Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist and one of this world’s most celebrated writers on science, rewrites the history of 20th century physics. Already hailed as a masterpiece, Something Deeply Hidden shows for the first time that facing up to the essential puzzle of quantum mechanics utterly transforms how we think about space and time. His reconciling of quantum mechanics with Einstein’s theory of relativity changes, well, everything.

Most physicists haven’t even recognized the uncomfortable truth: physics has been in crisis since 1927. Quantum mechanics has always had obvious gaps—which have come to be simply ignored. Science popularizers keep telling us how weird it is, how impossible it is to understand. Academics discourage students from working on the "dead end" of quantum foundations. Putting his professional reputation on the line with this audacious yet entirely reasonable book, Carroll says that the crisis can now come to an end. We just have to accept that there is more than one of us in the universe. There are many, many Sean Carrolls. Many of every one of us.

Copies of you are generated thousands of times per second. The Many Worlds Theory of quantum behavior says that every time there is a quantum event, a world splits off with everything in it the same, except in that other world the quantum event didn't happen. Step-by-step in Carroll's uniquely lucid way, he tackles the major objections to this otherworldly revelation until his case is inescapably established.

Rarely does a book so fully reorganize how we think about our place in the universe. We are on the threshold of a new understanding—of where we are in the cosmos, and what we are made of.

Title:Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781524743017
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    Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime Reviews

  • Manuel Anto

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Pascal's Triangle: "Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime" by Sean Carroll“When a spin is measured, the ...

  • BlackOxford

    Scientific RevelationThere is more than a hint of theological method in modern physics. Carroll confirms this in his insistence that quantum physics is, in his words, not an ‘epistemic’ but an ‘...

  • David

    This book is about the "Many-Worlds" hypothesis of quantum mechanics. It is a deep description of the hypothesis, and its context in quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics does not violate logic; its pr...

  • Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin

    This book puts up an intellectual defense of the many-worlds interpretation of Quantum Mechanics first proposed by Hugh Everett III in 1957. I was sold on this interpretation a long time ago but I lik...

  • Peter Tillman

    Rather than the confusing publisher's blurb, I recommend starting with the author's essay about his book:https://www.sciencefocus.com/science/...I struggled with Carroll's book, which doesn't make a w...

  • Darwin8u

    "I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics."- Richard Feynman"Shut up and calculate."- David Mermin"Sweet is by convention, bitter by convention, cold by convention, color by ...

  • Laura Noggle

    This book is like taking acid, be warned—it's a total trip.Not that I'd know, but I'm guessing based on Rick and Morty episodes I've never watched.In other words, don't take my word for it, I need t...

  • Eric

    TL;DR Sean Carroll’s Something Deeply Hidden tackles the difficult many worlds theories of quantum mechanics. It’s weird; it’s funny; it’s deeply philosophical and worth reading. Highly rec...

  • Deniz Yuret

    I eagerly waited for this book for a year. Having read Deutsch, Albert, Aaronson, Becker, I had very high expectations about the insights Carroll would add. The book fell short on introducing and just...

  • Paperclippe

    This was definitely one of Carroll's more technical works. While his language as always as simple as it can be for the layman, there's only a certainly level of simplicity to which quantum theory can ...