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- From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time by Sean Carroll.
This explanation is neatly packaged under the sub-heading The Arrow Of Time. Carroll also explains why human beings can remember the past, but not the future. At this point, I found myself saying out loud Carroll is also generous enough to state that in his subject area cosmology not everyone will agree with him and I was happy to read this.
Debate whatever the subject is always healthy, I believe. The book does cover some heavy, academic areas, there's no getting away from it - so please take note. The whole subject of time itself covers various disciplines including quantum mechanics, particle physics and thermodynamics so, not your average bedtime reading then. Carroll asks us a simple question - what is time? And each of us would have our own answer. Difficult to describe? And to compound that thought even further, apparently time can be divided into three distinct areas and no, I'm not even talking about the obvious breakdown of past, present and future.
Another phrase many of us will have heard of is black hole and Carroll steps in smartly to give his in-depth analysis and explanation. But he also mentions the phrase white hole Have we heard of that? My short answer was no.
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And, warming to his theme, he goes into the whole 'clock time' scenario as well as the solar system. And his explanations and illustrations are pretty easy to follow and comprehend.
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Some sections I'd actually put down more to common sense than anything else - but then, as I said, I'm not a scientist. Carroll cleverly, I thought, gives us quotes from well-known books and authors to get his cosmic point home. They work. And some of his headings would not be out of place in a poetry collection this is a compliment for example, The Art Of The Possible and Hot, Smooth Beginnings.
The usual suspects are mentioned Einstein, Newton with plenty of pages given to both. Not surprisingly, this publication has a comprehensive Bibliography as well as a Notes to Pages section. In summary, although in essence academically scientific, should also appeal to the well-informed or interested lay person. 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 of modern cosmology of which Einstein never dreamed.
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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 space-time 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.