Book Review: The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning and the Universe Itself by Sean Carroll

Looking for your next read? Check out The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning and the Universe Itself by Sean Carroll, reviewed by Fulco Library staff, Eugene H.

Sean M. Carroll, a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology, is a popularizer of difficult scientific concepts in the tradition of Carl Sagan and Brian Greene. In The Big Picture he proposes explaining the world by combining science and philosophy using a strategy he calls poetic naturalism. He explains in detail why this way of looking at science and its discoveries can help provide a human context for the latest developments in information theory, microbiology or quantum mechanics.

He closes the book with his “Ten Considerations” for dealing with reality and living a decent life. He makes a strong case that the reductionism of scientific theory can have a more soulful dimension.

The book is great for non-specialists that may be interested in being introduced to some of the more difficult scientific ideas and theories.

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