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Something deeply hidden : quantum worlds and the emergence of spacetime

Sean M. Carroll (Author)
Carroll shows for the first time that facing up to the essential puzzle of quantum mechanics utterly transforms how we think about space and time. His reconciling of quantum mechanics with Einstein's theory of relativity changes, well, everything. He explains that there are multiple copies of you. And everyone else. Carroll 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. Putting his professional reputation on the line, Carroll says that crisis can now come to an end, that we just have to accept that there is more than one of us in the universe. 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. Step-by-step, the author sets out the major objections to this notion until his case is 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. --Adapted from publisher description
Print Book, English, 2019
Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [Boston, Massachusetts], 2019
xii, 347 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
9781524743017, 1524743011