The Big Picture

On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (17.38 hours)
Product Number: Z100113251
Released: May 10, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780399565083
Narrator/s: Sean Carroll
Publisher: Books on Tape
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*An instant New York Times Bestseller* *Publishers Weekly #1 Most Anticipated Science Book of Spring 2016* "You will be enthralled." — Wall Street Journal "A tour de force." — Already internationally acclaimed for his elegant, lucid writing on the most challenging notions in modern physics, Sean Carroll is emerging as one of the greatest humanist thinkers of his generation as he brings his extraordinary intellect to bear not only on Higgs bosons and extra dimensions but now also on our deepest personal questions. Where are we? Who are we? Are our emotions, our beliefs, and our hopes and dreams ultimately meaningless out there in the void? Does human purpose and meaning fit into a scientific worldview? In short chapters filled with intriguing historical anecdotes, personal asides, and rigorous exposition, readers learn the difference between how the world works at the quantum level, the cosmic level, and the human level—and then how each connects to the other. Carroll's presentation of the principles that have guided the scientific revolution from Darwin and Einstein to the origins of life, consciousness, and the universe is dazzlingly unique. Carroll shows how an avalanche of discoveries in the past few hundred years has changed our world and what really matters to us. Our lives are dwarfed like never before by the immensity of space and time, but they are redeemed by our capacity to comprehend it and give it meaning. The Big Picture is an unprecedented scientific worldview, a tour de force that will sit on shelves alongside the works of Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan, Daniel Dennett, and E. O. Wilson for years to come. *Includes a Bonus PDF with charts and images.

Author(s): Sean Carroll
Genre: Science
Awards:New York Times Bestseller
Original Publish Date: May 10, 2016

All formats/editions

Author(s): Sean Carroll
Genre: Science
Product Number EB00622355
Released: May 10, 2016
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Dutton
ISBN: #9780698409767

Professional reviews

"Listening to theoretical physicist Sean Carroll narrate his own book is akin to hearing a brilliant college lecturer explain the mysteries of the universe. This audiobook looks at humanity's understanding of the nature of life and our place in the universe, and it all makes perfect sense, thanks to the author's sensible, grounded explanations. Carroll breaks these enormously deep subjects down into digestible pieces, which he explains in a friendly, conversational voice. His evocative writing, combined with his cheerful and clear narration, makes these complex subjects come to life even for listeners who have never contemplated the deep mysteries of the universe. G.D. Winner of AudioFIle Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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