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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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An Introduction to Transfer Entropy
Information Flow in Complex Systems
Terry Bossomaier, Lionel Barnett, Michael Harré, Joseph T. Lizier - 2018-06-28
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...
Sean Carroll
2021-07-10T18:18:44.000Z
"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
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Spacetime and Geometry
An Introduction to General Relativity
Sean M. Carroll - 2019-08-07
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Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity provides a lucid and thoroughly modern introduction to general relativity. With an accessible and lively writing style, it introduces modern techniques to what can often be a formal and intimidating subject. Readers are led from the physics of flat spacetime (special relativity), through...
Sean Carroll
2021-04-26T22:46:56.000Z
@TheMayaBenowitz @JimiSommer It’s not T_ab that matters, it’s h_ab (the metric perturbation tensor). Read more in this lovely book!      source
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Newton and the Counterfeiter
The Unknown Detective Career of the World's Greatest Scientist
Thomas Levenson - 2009-06-04
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In 1695, Isaac Newton—already renowned as the greatest mind of his age—made a surprising career change. He left quiet Cambridge, where he had lived for thirty years and made his earth-shattering discoveries, and moved to London to take up the post of Warden of His Majesty’s Mint. Newton was preceded to the city by a genius of another kind, the budd...
Sean Carroll
2021-03-23T00:08:42.000Z
@CraigMahoney @AstroKatie @neiltyson Only one I’ve read is Newton and the Counterfeiter! Great book, but not about his physics career. @TomLevenson      source
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Morality and Mathematics
Justin Clarke-Doane - 2020-05-25
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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,...
Sean Carroll
2021-03-08T15:59:40.000Z
Read all about it in his book Morality and Mathematics, which came out last year:      source
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Models of the Mind
How Physics, Engineering and Mathematics Have Shaped Our Understanding of the Brain
Grace Lindsay - 2021-05-04
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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...
Sean Carroll
2021-02-18T17:09:47.000Z
@neurograce Thanks for writing a great book!      source
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The WEIRDest People in the World
How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous
Joseph Henrich - 2020-09-08
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Harvard University's Joseph Henrich, Chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, delivers a bold, epic investigation into the development of the Western mind, global psychological diversity, and its impact on the worldPerhaps you are WEIRD: raised in a society that is Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic. If so, you're...
Sean Carroll
2020-12-15T16:38:20.000Z
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
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Simply Complexity
A Clear Guide to Complexity Theory
Neil Johnson - 2009-10-01 (first published in 2007)
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What do traffic jams, stock market crashes, and wars have in common? They are all explained using complexity, an unsolved puzzle that many researchers believe is the key to predicting – and ultimately solving—everything from terrorist attacks and pandemic viruses right down to rush hour traffic congestion.Complexity is considered by many to be the ...
Sean Carroll
2020-08-17T13:48:55.000Z
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
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Foundations Of Quantum Mechanics
Travis Norsen - 2017-08-17
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Authored by an acclaimed teacher of quantum physics and philosophy, this textbook pays special attention to the aspects that many courses sweep under the carpet. Traditional courses in quantum mechanics teach students how to use the quantum formalism to make calculations. But even the best students - indeed, especially the best students - emerge ra...
Sean Carroll
2019-11-03T17:32:40.000Z
Some recommended books on quantum foundations/entanglement: Schumacher Scholosshauer Wallace Albert Maudlin Norsen      source
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Emergent Multiverse Quantum Theory Accor
David Wallace - 2014-04-30 (first published in 2012)
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The Emergent Multiverse presents a striking new account of the "many worlds" approach to quantum theory. The point of science, it is generally accepted, is to tell us how the world works and what it is like. But quantum theory seems to fail to do this: taken literally as a theory of the world, it seems to make crazy claims: particles are in two pla...
Sean Carroll
2019-11-03T17:32:40.000Z
Some recommended books on quantum foundations/entanglement: Schumacher Scholosshauer Wallace Albert Maudlin Norsen      source
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Philosophy of Physics
Space and Time (Princeton Foundations of Contemporary Philosophy Book 5)
Tim Maudlin - 2012-07-22
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This concise book introduces nonphysicists to the core philosophical issues surrounding the nature and structure of space and time, and is also an ideal resource for physicists interested in the conceptual foundations of space-time theory. Tim Maudlin's broad historical overview examines Aristotelian and Newtonian accounts of space and time, and tr...
Sean Carroll
2019-11-03T17:32:40.000Z
Some recommended books on quantum foundations/entanglement: Schumacher Scholosshauer Wallace Albert Maudlin Norsen      source
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