Sean Carroll, Ph.D. is a senior research associate in the Department of Physics at the California Institute of Technology. He is a theoretical cosmologist specializing in dark energy and general relativity. Carroll is the author of Spacetime And Geometry, a graduate-level textbook in general relativity, and has also recorded lectures for The Great Courses on cosmology and the physics of time.

Arcadia

Arcadia: A Play

Tom Stoppard

“My favorite example of using scientific concepts in a fictional setting. (And a brilliant play from any perspective.)”

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Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius

Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius

Ray Monk

“A rare biography of a deep and difficult thinker that sheds light equally on the ideas and the life.”

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Mason & Dixon

Mason & Dixon

Thomas Pynchon

“Nobody has ever mixed high and low culture as well as Pynchon, and this is arguably his most thoroughly enjoyable work.”

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One Two Three . . . Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science

One Two Three . . . Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science

George Gamow

“A master physicist and storyteller ties things together, from number theory to DNA via nuclear physics.”

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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen

“Still my favorite novel of all time; one of the funniest as well as most insightful.”

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Quantum Computing Since Democritus

Quantum Computing Since Democritus

Scott Aaronson

“A breathtaking, challenging, and absolutely original introduction to the great ideas of quantum mechanics, computation, and information theory.”

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The Wasp Factory

The Wasp Factory

Iain Banks

“A bizarre and unpredictable novel, thought-provoking on every page.”

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The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady

The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady

Charles Mingus

“Not technically a “book,” but perhaps I’ll get away with it.”

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