The most trusted explainer of the most mind-boggling concepts pulls back the veil of mystery that has too long cloaked modern science’s most valuable building blocks. With his genius for making complex notions entertaining, Sean Carroll presents in his uniquely lucid voice the fundamental ideas informing the modern physics of reality.
Physics offers deep insights into the universe’s workings, but those insights come in equations that often look like gobbledygook. Sean Carroll shows they are like meaningful poems that can help us fly over sierras to discover a miraculous multidimensional landscape alive with radiant giants, warped space-time, and bewilderingly powerful forces. High school calculus is a centuries-old marvel worthy of our gaze as the Mona Lisa. Moreover, it may come as a surprise the extent to which all our most cutting-edge ideas about black holes are built on the math calculus enables.
No one else could so smoothly guide readers toward grasping the very equation Einstein used to describe his theory of general relativity. In the tradition of the legendary Richard Feynman lectures presented sixty years ago, this book is an inspiring, dazzling introduction to a way of seeing that will resonate across cultural and generational boundaries for many years.