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Something deeply hidden : quantum worlds and the emergence of spacetime

Author: Sean M Carroll
Publisher: [Boston, Massachusetts] : Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Science
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sean M Carroll
ISBN: 9781524743017 1524743011
OCLC Number: 1086570568
Description: xii, 347 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part one. Spooky. What's going on: looking at the quantum world --
The courageous formulation: austere quantum mechanics --
Why would anybody think this?: how quantum mechanics came to be --
What cannot be known, because it does not exist: uncertainty and complementarity --
Entangled up in blue: wave functions of many parts. Part two. Splitting. Splitting the universe: decoherence and parallel worlds --
Order and randomness: where probability comes from --
Does this ontological commitment make me look fat?: a Socratic dialogue on quantum puzzles --
Other ways: alternatives to many-worlds --
The human side: living and thinking in a quantum universe. Part three. Spacetime. Why is there space?: emergence and locality --
A world of vibrations: quantum field theory --
Breathing in empty space: finding gravity within quantum mechanics --
Beyond space and time: holography, black holes, and the limits of locality --
Epilogue: Everything is quantum --
Appendix: The story of virtual particles.
Other Titles: Quantum worlds and the emergence of spacetime
Responsibility: Sean Carroll.

Abstract:

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.

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