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Sean M Carroll
|Description:||ix, 438 pages : illustrations, portraits, charts ; 22 cm|
|Contents:||pt. 1. Time, experience, and the universe. The past is present memory ; The heavy hand of entropy ; The beginning and end of time --
pt. 2. Time in Einstein's universe. Time is personal ; Time is flexible ; Looping through time --
pt. 3. Entropy and time's arrow. Running time backward ; Entropy and disorder ; Information and life ; Recurrent nightmares ; Quantum time --
pt. 4. From the kitchen to the multiverse. Black holes : the ends of time ; The life of the universe ; Inflation and the multiverse ; The past through tomorrow ; Epilogue --
Appendix : Math.
The only way to understand the origin of entropy is to understand the origin of the universe -- by asking what happened at the Big Bang, and even before. From Eternity to Here discusses how entropy relates to black holes, cosmology, information theory, and the existence of life. The book tells a story that starts in the kitchen, where we can turn eggs into omelets but never the other way around, and takes us to the edges of the universe. Modern discoveries in cosmology -- dark energy and the accelerating universe -- and quantum gravity -- the possibility of time before the Big Bang -- come together to suggest a picture of a multiverse in which the arrow of time emerges naturally from the laws of physics.