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Sean M Carroll

The Big Picture

by Sean M Carroll

The Big Picture

Sean M Carroll

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In The Big Picture, theoretical physicist Sean Carroll gives a fresh perspective on the evolution of the universe, life, consciousness, and thinking.

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The Big Picture

by Sean M Carroll

The Big Picture

Sean M Carroll

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We live in a vast universe full of complex phenomena and uncertainty; humans have been attempting to understand it for centuries. The Big Picture isn't an attempt to explain the origin story of our universe, but rather to give us a framework and the right language to understand it.

Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist and a research professor at CalTech, known for his conspicuous lectures and lucid way of explaining complex physics concepts.

In his book, Carroll invites us into the world of poetic naturalism — a belief that our physical reality is all there is, but that there is more than one language to explain and understand it. The Big Picture brings together physics, statistics, philosophy, psychology, and history to connect the seemingly distinct qualities of the quantum, microscopic, and macroscopic realms.

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"The mistake we make in putting emphasis on happiness is to forget that life is a process, defined by activity and motion, and to search instead for the one perfect state of being. There can be no such state, since change is the essence of life."

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