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Something Deeply Hidden
Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime
By (author): Sean Carroll
9781524743017 Hardcover English General Trade SCIENCE / Physics / Quantum Theory Sep 10, 2019
$39.00 CAD
Active 6.2 x 9.3 x 1.2 in 368 pages DIAGRAMS & PHOTOS T/O Dutton
Caltech physicist and New York Times bestselling author Sean Carroll shows that there are multiple copies of you. And everyone else. Really.

Something Deeply Hidden begins with the news that physics is in a crisis. 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. No book for a popular audience has attempted to make this radical argument. We’re on the threshold of a new way of understanding the cosmos.

BESTSELLING AND AWARD WINNING: The Big Picture debuted at #12 on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Particle at the End of the Universe won the prestigious Royal Society Winton Prize for science books. These confirm what so many fans already knew—Carroll is an accessible and elegant popularizer of complex theories.

CATEGORY AT ITS PEAK: As seen by the success of physics and quantum mechanics books over the last couple years, by Rovelli, Tegmark, Greene, and others, interest in the mysteries of our reality has never had a more rapt or broad audience.

SEASONED AND POPULAR AUTHOR: Carroll has appeared on The Colbert Report (twice), PBS’s NOVA, and Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman. He has been interviewed by various NPR shows, Scientific American, Wired, and The New York Times. His TED talk on the multiverse has more than one million views.

GROWING ONLINE AUDIENCE: With over 225,000 followers across two Twitter handles and a new podcast featuring Carroll in conversation with contemporary big-thinkers with 60,000 listeners in only three months, Carroll brings a growing platform to this publication.

STRONG BACKLIST: Carroll’s backlist sales are holding steady, especially with The Big Picture, which has sold over 115,000 copies across formats. All told, his Dutton books have sold over 210,000 copies across formats.

SEAN CARROLL is a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology, host of the Mindscape podcast and the author of From Eternity to Here, The Particle at the End of the Universe, and The Big Picture. He has been awarded prizes and fellowships by the National Science Foundation, NASA, the American Institute of Physics, and the Royal Society of London, among many others. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, writer Jennifer Ouellette.

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Praise for Something Deeply Hidden

“What makes Carroll’s new project so worthwhile, though, is that while he is most certainly choosing sides in the debate, he offers us a cogent, clear and compelling guide to the subject while letting his passion for the scientific questions shine through every page.”—NPR

“Enlightening and refreshingly bold.”—Scientific American

Something Deeply Hidden is Carroll’s ambitious and engaging foray into what quantum mechanics really means and what it tells us about physical reality.”—Science Magazine

“Carroll argues with a healthy restlessness that makes his book more interesting than so many others in the quantum physics genre.”—Forbes

“If you want to know why some people take [the Everett] approach seriously and what you can do with it, then Carroll’s latest is one of the best popular books on the market.”Physics Today

“Be prepared to deal with some equations — and to have your mind blown.”—Geek Wire 

“By far the most articulate and cogent defense of the Many-Worlds view in book-length depth with a close connection to the latest ongoing research.”—Science News 

“Solid arguments and engaging historical backdrop will captivate science-minded readers everywhere.”—Scientific Inquirer

”As a smart and intensely readable undergraduate class in the history of quantum theory and the nature of quantum mechanics, Something Deeply Hidden could scarcely be improved."Steve Donoghue, Open Letters Monthly

“Readers in this universe (and others?) will relish the opportunity to explore the frontiers of science in the company of titans.”Booklist

“Fans of popular science authors such as Neil deGrasse Tyson and John Gribbin will find great joy while exploring these groundbreaking concepts.”Library Journal

“[A] challenging, provocative book…moving smoothly through different topics and from objects as small as particles to those as enormous as black holes, Carroll’s exploration of quantum theory introduces readers to some of the most groundbreaking ideas in physics today.”Publishers Weekly

“A thrilling tour through what is perhaps humankind’s greatest intellectual achievementquantum mechanics. With bold clarity, Carroll deftly unmasks quantum weirdness to reveal a strange but utterly wondrous reality.”—Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics, director of the Columbia Center for Theoretical Physics, author of The Elegant Universe

“Sean Carroll’s immensely enjoyable Something Deeply Hidden brings readers face to face with the fundamental quantum weirdness of the universe—or should I say universes?  And by the end, you may catch yourself finding quantum weirdness not all that weird.”—Jordan Ellenberg, professor of mathematics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, author of How Not To Be Wrong
“Sean Carroll is always lucid and funny, gratifyingly readable, while still excavating depths. He advocates an acceptance of quantum mechanics at its most minimal, its most austere – appealing to the allure of the pristine. The consequence is an annihilation of our conventional notions of reality in favor of an utterly surreal world of Many Worlds. Sean includes us in the battle between a simple reality versus a multitude of realities that feels barely on the periphery of human comprehension. He includes us in the ideas, the philosophy, and the foment of revolution. A fascinating and important book.”—Janna Levin, professor of physics & astronomy, Barnard College of Columbia University, author of Black Hole Blues

“Sean Carroll beautifully clarifies the debate about the foundations of quantum mechanics, and champions the most elegant, courageous approach: the astonishing “many worlds” interpretation. His explanations of its pros and cons are clear, evenhanded, and philosophically gob smacking.”—Steven Strogatz, professor of mathematics, Cornell University, and author of Infinite Powers

“Carroll gives us a front-row seat to the development of a new vision of physics: one that connects our everyday experiences to a dizzying hall-of-mirrors universe in which our very sense of self is challenged. It’s a fascinating idea, and one that just might hold clues to a deeper reality.”—Katie Mack, theoretical astrophysicist, North Carolina State University, author of The End of Everything (forthcoming)

“I was overwhelmed by tears of joy at seeing so many fundamental issues explained as well as they ever have been.  Something Deeply Hidden is a masterpiece, which stands along with Feynman’s QED as one of the two best popularizations of quantum mechanics I’ve ever seen.  And if we classify QED as having had different goals, then it’s just the best popularization of quantum mechanics I’ve ever seen, full stop.”—Scott Aaronson, professor of computer science at the University of Texas at Austin, and Director of UT’s Quantum Information Center
“Irresistible and an absolute treat to read. While this is a book about some of the deepest current mysteries in physics, it is also a book about metaphysics as Carroll lucidly guides us on how to not only think about the true and hidden nature of reality but also how to make sense of it.  I loved this book.”—Priyamvada Natarajan, theoretical astrophysicist, Yale University, author of Mapping the Heavens

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