Sean Carroll

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Where Quantum Probability Comes From

September 9, 2019

There are many different ways to think about probability. Quantum mechanics embodies them all.

About the author

Sean Carroll is a research professor of theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology and an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute. He received his Ph.D. in 1993 from Harvard University. His research focuses on fundamental physics and cosmology, quantum gravity and space-time, and the evolution of entropy and complexity. His most recent book is Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime. Other books include The Big Picture; The Particle at the End of the Universe; From Eternity to Here; and the textbook Spacetime and Geometry. He has been awarded prizes and fellowships by the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Sloan Foundation, the Packard Foundation, the American Physical Society, the American Institute of Physics, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the Royal Society of London, and the Guggenheim Foundation.