Harvard Science Book Talk: Sean Carroll

October 16, 2019
Photo of Sean Carroll and the cover of the book, The Many Worlds of Quantum Mechanics


Sean Carroll

"The Many Worlds of Quantum Mechanics"

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 @6:00PM
Science Center Hall C, One Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

One of the great intellectual achievements of the 20th century was the theory of quantum mechanics, according to which observational results can only be predicted probabilistically rather than with certainty. Yet, after decades in which the theory has been successfully used on an everyday basis, most physicists would agree that we still don't truly understand what it means. Carroll, a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology, host of the Mindscape podcast, and author of From Eternity to Here, The Particle at the End of the Universe, and The Big Picture, will talk about his new book, Something Deeply Hidden, which examines the source of this puzzlement. He will explain why an increasing number of physicists are led to an apparently astonishing conclusion: that the world we experience is constantly branching into different versions, representing the different possible outcome of quantum measurements. This could have important consequences for quantum gravity and the emergence of spacetime.


Science Center Hall C


Cabot Science Library

The talks are sponsored by the Harvard FAS Division of Science, Cabot Science Library, and Harvard Book Store.
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