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聲譽卓著的物理學權威西恩.卡洛(Sean Carroll),探討與人類切身相關的哲學問題:我們在哪裡?我們是誰?人類的情緒、信仰、希望與夢想,在虛空中是否沒有任何意義?在如此廣袤、如此冷漠的宇宙中,人類的存在本身,究竟是否存在任何重要性?

無神論的西恩.卡洛,提出「詩性自然主義」(Poetic Naturalism):在至高無上的力量不存在的宇宙裡,透過各種方式探尋自然世界,重構生命的意義。在簡短的章節中,以有趣的歷史軼聞與縝密的闡述貫穿,從達爾文與愛因斯坦的理論,到生命、意識與宇宙的起源,分別從量子、宇宙、人類的層面看待世界運作的方式。


"Vivid . . . impressive. . . . Splendidly informative."—The New York Times
"Suceeds spectacularly."—Science
"A tour de force."—Salon

Already internationally acclaimed for his elegant, lucid writing on the most challenging notions in modern physics, Sean Carroll is emerging as one of the greatest humanist thinkers of his generation as he brings his extraordinary intellect to bear not only on Higgs bosons and extra dimensions but now also on our deepest personal questions: Where are we? Who are we? Are our emotions, our beliefs, and our hopes and dreams ultimately meaningless out there in the void? Do human purpose and meaning fit into a scientific worldview?

In short chapters filled with intriguing historical anecdotes, personal asides, and rigorous exposition, readers learn the difference between how the world works at the quantum level, the cosmic level, and the human level—and then how each connects to the other. Carroll's presentation of the principles that have guided the scientific revolution from Darwin and Einstein to the origins of life, consciousness, and the universe is dazzlingly unique.  

Carroll shows how an avalanche of discoveries in the past few hundred years has changed our world and what really matters to us. Our lives are dwarfed like never before by the immensity of space and time, but they are redeemed by our capacity to comprehend it and give it meaning.

The Big Picture is an unprecedented scientific worldview, a tour de force that will sit on shelves alongside the works of Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan, Daniel Dennett, and E. O. Wilson for years to come.


誠品26碼 /2681427722003
ISBN 13 /9781101984253
ISBN 10 /1101984252
EAN /9781101984253