Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime

by Carroll, Sean (Author)

ISBN: 9781524743031

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Caltech physicist and New York Times bestselling author Sean Carroll shows that there are multiple copies of you. And everyone else. Really.

Now in paperback, Something Deeply Hidden attempts what no book for a popular audience has undertaken. Quantum mechanics underlies all of modern physics, but major gaps in the theory have been ignored since 1927. Science popularizers keep telling us how weird it is, how contradictory, 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, Carroll says that 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.

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. As you read this, you are splitting into multiple copies of yourself thousands of times per second. Step-by-step in Carroll's uniquely lucid way, he sets out the major objections to this utterly mind blowing notion until his case is inescapably established.

The Holy Grail of modern physics is reconciling quantum mechanics with Einstein's general relativity, his theory of curved spacetime. Carroll argues that our refusal to face up to the mysteries of quantum mechanics has blinded us, and that spacetime and gravity naturally emerge from a deeper reality called the wave function. We're on the threshold of a new way of understanding the cosmos. F20TPB F20 HarperCollins & Harlequin Trade Paperback Frontlist Promotion 10/31/20

Format: Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Dutton, September 2020

Product Dimensions: 8 L × 5.3 W × 0 H

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