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The Big Picture On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself by Sean Carroll
  

The Big Picture On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself

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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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The Big Picture On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself by Sean Carroll

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.

Reviews

'Fascinating' - Brian Cox, Mail on Sunday Books of the Year

'Bold...rich in detail and absorbing.'
Tim Radford, Guardian

'A humane and compelling story for our increasingly secular age.'
Manjit Kumar, Literary Review

'Sean Carroll's 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.'
Observer

'An extraordinarily ambitious synthesis of science and philosophy...The 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 Financial Times

'A highly enjoyable and lucid tour through a wide range of topics...even if you don't agree with what [Carroll] says, you are unlikely to be enraged by such an urbane and engaging lecturer; more likely, you will be enthralled.'
Wall Street Journal

About the Author

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

4th May 2017

Author

Sean Carroll

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Publisher

Oneworld Publications

Format

Paperback
480 pages

Categories

Popular Science
The Real World

Popular science

ISBN

9781786071033

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