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Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time

Von: Sean Carroll,The Great Courses
Gesprochen von: Sean Carroll
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    Time rules our lives, woven into the very fabric of the universe - from the rising and setting of the sun to the cycles of nature, the thought processes in our brains, and the biorhythms in our day. Nothing so pervades our existence and yet is so difficult to explain.

    But now, in a series of 24 riveting lectures, you can grasp exactly why - as you take a mind-expanding journey through the past, present, and future, guided by a noted author and scientist. Designed for nonscientists as well as those with a background in physics, the lectures show how a feature of the world that we all experience - a process known as entropy - connects us to the instant of the formation of the universe, and possibly to a multiverse that is unimaginably larger and more varied than the known cosmos.

    Drawing on such exciting ideas as black holes, cosmic inflation, and dark energy, the lectures also address a momentous question that until recently was considered unanswerable: What happened before the big bang? And while the focus is on physics, Professor Carroll also examines philosophical views on time, how we perceive and misperceive time, the workings of memory, and serious proposals for time travel, as well as imaginative ways that time has been disrupted in fiction.

    "What is time?" asked Saint Augustine 1,600 years ago. "If no one asks me, I know. But if I wish to explain it to someone who asks, I know not." These lectures will move you much closer to an answer.

    PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

    ©2012 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2012 The Great Courses

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    Captivating listen (from ex physics student)

    An exquisite journey through the history of time and the physical theories and laws underpinning our universe. It was a great "qualitative" refresher for me - an ex theoretical physics student - and I'm now dusting off my old general relativity notes to delve back into this wonderful world of physics.

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    Excellent pysics, doubtful philosophy

    As was do be expected the purely physical part of the lecture is excellent, at the edge of our contemporary knowledge. But the "soft" part .... His explanation of "free will" will not pass a philosopher´s exam. And what kind of argument is this:
    "We don´t believe that´s true, and therefore, there must be something wrong ...."
    Last and least (sic!) Kurt Gödel was an Austrian, not a German mathematician.

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    Great course and awesome speaker

    Very nice explanation of entropy principles, arrow if time and theories underlining possible explanations of why the universe is as it is