Sean Michael Carroll is a theoretical physicist specializing in quantum mechanics, gravity, and cosmology. He is a research professor in the Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics in the California Institute of Technology Department of Physics
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How do we recognize that the number . 93371663 . . . is actually 2 IoglQ(e ] 7r)/2 ? Gauss observed that the number 1. 85407467 . . . is (essentially) a rational value of an elliptic integral-an observation that was critical in the development of nineteenth century analysis. How do we decide that such a number is actually a special value of a famil...
I still don’t understand why this gripping book hasn’t been adapted into a prestige TV drama. – source
Conway Morris argues that evolution is a little more predictable than some would have us believe. His recent book is From Extraterrestrials to Animal Minds: Six Myths of Evolution. – source
An Introduction to Transfer Entropy
Information Flow in Complex Systems
This book considers a relatively new metric in complex systems, transfer entropy, derived from a series of measurements, usually a time series. After a qualitative introduction and a chapter that explains the key ideas from statistics required to understand the text, the authors then present information theory and transfer entropy in depth. A key f...
"Transfer entropy" is a way of quantifying the information flow between two stochastic systems. Cool, but: there's a whole book on it! There's too much knowledge in the world, how is anyone supposed to learn everything they should? – source
Your information has a life of its own, and it's using you to get what it wants....
Pub day for @caleb_scharf's The Ascent of Information. A great book about information, astrobiology, and the future. – source
@TheMayaBenowitz @JimiSommer It’s not T_ab that matters, it’s h_ab (the metric perturbation tensor). Read more in this lovely book! – source
@CraigMahoney @AstroKatie @neiltyson Only one I’ve read is Newton and the Counterfeiter! Great book, but not about his physics career. @TomLevenson – source
To what extent are the subjects of our thoughts and talk real? This is the question of realism. In this book, Justin Clarke-Doane explores arguments for and against moral realism and mathematical realism, how they interact, and what they can tell us about areas of philosophical interest more generally. He argues that, contrary to widespread belief,...
Read all about it in his book Morality and Mathematics, which came out last year: – source
The brain is made up of 85 billion neurons, which are connected by over 100 trillion synapses. For over a century, a diverse array of researchers have been trying to find a language that can be used to capture the essence of what these neurons do and how they communicate – and how those communications create thoughts, perceptions and actions. The l...
@neurograce Thanks for writing a great book! – source
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I have to mention Joe Henrich @JoHenrich, who hasn't appeared yet but will soon. His book "The WEIRDest People in the World" is a fascinating look at the special psychology of Western educated folk. – source
Also recommended byMarc AndreessenDani RodrikBinyamin AppelbaumErik TorenbergPaul BloomMatt RidleyJason FurmanGary King
Neil has done a lot of work on applying complexity theory to issues of conflict and radicalization. He's also the author of a great little book, Simply Complexity: A Clear Guide to Complexity Theory. – source
Foundations Of Quantum Mechanics by Travis Norsen
Emergent Multiverse Quantum Theory Accor by David Wallace
Philosophy of Physics by Tim Maudlin
Quantum Processes Systems, and Information by Benjamin Schumacher
Decoherence and the Quantum-to-Classical Transition by Maximilian A. Schlosshauer
Quantum Mechanics and Experience by David Z Albert