Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime is a non-fiction book by American theoretical physicist Sean M. Carroll. That means there are a lot of copies of you, me and everything else out there all living parallel lives and all continuously branching off into new parallel versions. The bulk of Something Deeply Hidden is a really carefully reasoned argument for taking the Many Worlds interpretation seriously as the true path to … But back in 2006 the University of Chicago denied him tenure. But that didn't happen. Science Carroll argues with a healthy restlessness that makes his book more interesting than so many others in the quantum physics genre. In particular, Carroll doesn't like vague ideas of observers "collapsing" the smeared out superposed electron into a single position just by looking at it. I'd like to be able to say that I came away convinced of Carroll's argument that the Many Worlds interpretation is the right way to view the world. Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime by Sean Carroll. ", "Book Review: "Something Deeply Hidden" by Sean Carroll", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Something_Deeply_Hidden&oldid=985182714, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 24 October 2020, at 13:26. This theory states that the equations of quantum mechanics are always about our knowledge of the electron not the electron by itself). How? I couldn't agree more. The book, his fifth, was released on September 10, 2019 by Dutton. Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist and one of this world’s most celebrated writers on science, rewrites the history of twentieth-century physics. In Something Deeply Hidden, the equation Schrödinger developed to describe such wave functions rules the discussion (the book helpfully provides a stripped-down layman’s version of this equation, which will thoroughly baffle most of those laymen). That's the fraught territory best-selling author and physicist Sean Carroll dives into with his new book Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime. In this book, Carroll examines the reasons why people misunderstand quantum mechanics and advocates a version of the many-worlds interpretation, while objecting to the views often grouped together as the Copenhagen interpretation. The skeptical dad wants his daughter to explain why anyone would believe in the Many Worlds interpretation. In my favorite chapter, Carroll imagines a gentle debate between a philosopher of science and her physicist father. The Many Worlds interpretation also begins with the electron superposed, existing many places all at once. Then he lays out the argument for why the Many Worlds offers not only a resolution to those difficulties but also a path forward to solving some of physics' most vexing challenges — like the nature of space and time. Something Deeply Hidden Summary. But with his new book, Sean Carroll wants to convince you that it isn’t weird at all. His reconciling of quantum mechanics with Einstein’s theory of relativity changes, well, everything. It's hard to find any issue these days that people aren't ready to square off on, with sharp, snarky barbs. The best way we currently have to make sense of quantum phenomena -- always subject to change if new data come in, of course -- is the Many-Worlds formulation, put forward by Hugh Everett in the 1950's. Now if that seems weird to you, welcome to the club. If that seems weird to you, welcome to the club. Carroll expertly takes his readers through the conundrum quantum mechanics dumps into the laps of scientists in terms of superposition (as well as another form of weirdness called "entanglement").