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Professor Sean Carroll, Ph.D.

Professor Sean Carroll
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Harvard University
We need to push on our understanding of cosmology, particle physics, gravity, not to mention how complexity and entropy evolve through time, and eventually you’ll be able to really understand what our theories predict.

Professor Sean Carroll is a Senior Research Associate in Physics at the California Institute of Technology. He earned his undergraduate degree from Villanova University and his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Harvard in 1993. Before arriving at Caltech, Professor Carroll taught in the Physics Department and the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago, and did postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Professor Carroll is the author of Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity, published in 2003. He has taught more than 200 scientific seminars and colloquia and given more than 50 educational and popular talks. In addition, he has written for numerous publications including Nature, New Scientist, The American Scientist, and Physics Today. Professor Carroll has received research grants from NASA, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the National Science Foundation, as well as fellowships from the Sloan and Packard foundations. He has been the Malmstrom Lecturer at Hamline University, the Resnick Lecturer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a National Science Foundation Distinguished Lecturer. While at MIT, Carroll won the Graduate Student Council Teaching Award for his course on general relativity. In 2006 he received the Arts and Sciences Alumni Medallion from Villanova University.

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"Dr. Carroll's presentation of the course was outstanding. He consistently described complicated physical phenomena in the clearest and easy to understand terms, frequently using relevant and helpful analogies."

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36 Courses and Sets

  1. The Higgs Boson and Beyond

    The Higgs Boson and Beyond

    Sean Carroll
    Starting at $89.95 Starting at $89.95 $199.95 $89.95$199.95
    The discovery of the Higgs boson is a triumph of modern physics. The hunt for the Higgs was the subject of wide media attention due to the cost of the project, the complexity of the experiment, and the importance of its result. In this 12-lecture masterpiece of scientific reporting, you’ll learn how the discovery of the Higgs boson validates and deepens our understanding of the universe.
  2. Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time

    Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time

    Sean Carroll
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    Time rules our lives. From the rising and setting of the sun to the cycles of nature, the thought processes in our brains, and the biorhythms in our day, nothing so pervades our existence and yet is so difficult to explain. Time seems to be woven into the very fabric of the universe. But why? In 24 riveting half-hour lectures, Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time shows how a feature of the world that we all experience...
  3. Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe Sale

    Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe

    Sean Carroll
    Save up to $185.00 Starting at $59.95 $69.95 $59.95$69.95
    Everything we can see with our eyes and with powerful instruments-everything we think of as atom-based matter-is only 5 percent of what we know exists. The rest of the contents of the cosmos is invisible to our current methods of detection-but something out there is holding galaxies and galaxy clusters together, and something else is causing space itself to fly apart. These invisible components are dark matter and...
  4. Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas Collection

    Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    The Great Courses has introduced millions of lifelong learners to some of the biggest ideas out there. Enjoy a collection of 36 lectures specially curated from some of our most popular courses and get a fresh learning experience in a wide range of disciplines. Religious writings that may have been forged; a universal template of world myths; the science of tasting colors—Join us for an intriguing tour of big ideas!
  5. (Set) Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe & Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe  Set

    (Set) Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe & Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Journey to the farthest reaches of the cosmos and explore our latest understanding of some of its most mysterious characteristics with this two-course set. In Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe, investigate the origin, composition, evolution, and probable fate of the universe in a series of richly illustrated lectures. Then, in Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe, confront two of...
  6. (Set) Superstring Theory & Dark Matter, Dark Energy  Set

    (Set) Superstring Theory & Dark Matter, Dark Energy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
    Uncover answers to the mysteries and secrets of our universe in these two riveting courses. Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe explores two of the most eagerly studied subjects in modern cosmology. Superstring Theory: The DNA of Reality is a pointed look at the inconceivably tiny filaments of vibrating energy that have staggering implications for our understanding of the universe.
  7. (Set) Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time & Black Holes Explained   Set

    (Set) Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time & Black Holes Explained

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $454.90 Starting at $454.90 $454.90 $454.90$454.90
  8. (Set) Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Uncover answers to the mysteries and secrets of our universe and our physical reality in this riveting course set. Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe explores two of the most eagerly studied subjects in modern cosmology. And in Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition, grasp the fascinating concepts of relativity and quantum physics in a...
  9. (Set) Dark Matter, Dark Energy,  Superstring Theory & Particle Physics   Set

    (Set) Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Superstring Theory & Particle Physics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $764.85 Starting at $764.85 $764.85 $764.85$764.85
    Uncover answers to the mysteries and secrets of our universe and our physical reality in three riveting courses. Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe explores two of the most eagerly studied subjects in modern cosmology. Superstring Theory: The DNA of Reality is a pointed look at inconceivably tiny filaments of vibrating energy with staggering implications for our understanding of the universe....
  10. (Set)  Uncover the Mystries of the Universe Set

    (Set) Uncover the Mystries of the Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $2,849.55 Starting at $2,849.55 $2,849.55 $2,849.55$2,849.55
    It’s not likely you’ll be able to solve all the mysteries of life in one course, even if it is a Great Course. Nine courses, on the other hand, may take you pretty close. Encompassing Physics, the Microscopic World, Matter, Chaos, Cosmology, Complexity, Black Holes, and the Origins of Life, this wide-ranging, comprehensive and inclusive set will deliver answers to some of life’s biggest and most urgent...
  11. (Set) Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe & Black Holes Explained  Set

    (Set) Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe & Black Holes Explained

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $454.90 Starting at $454.90 $454.90 $454.90$454.90
    Explore two of the most fascinating and mysterious aspects of the cosmos with this two-course set. Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe takes you deep inside the invisible components of dark matter and dark energy—concepts that have brought us to the brink of knowing what the universe is made of. Black Holes Explained finally makes this awe-inspiring cosmological subject graspable through an...
  12. (Set) Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe & Particle Physics for Non-Physicists  Set

    (Set) Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe & Particle Physics for Non-Physicists

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
    Peer into the dark and infinitely small corners of our universe in these two eye-opening science courses. A theoretical physicist tells the absorbing story of dark matter and dark energy—the two most eagerly studied subjects in astronomy and particle physics today—in Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe. Then, unlock the secrets of the universe with Particle Physics for Non-Physicists:...
  13. (Set)  Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time & Nanotechnology Set

    (Set) Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time & Nanotechnology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Breaking down complex concepts helps comprehension, visualization and the ability to relate. Take two complicated topics and learn about them from the bottom to the top. In Mysteries of Modern Physics, discover how time connects us to the formation of the universe. With Nanotechnology, experience the groundbreaking science that operates at the level of atoms and molecules, yet is transforming the world.
  14. (Set) Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works & Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe  Set

    (Set) Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works & Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $744.90 Starting at $744.90 $879.90 $744.90$879.90
    Embark on a thrilling and unforgettable tour of the physical universe with this richly illustrated and highly rewarding two-course set. First, get an introduction to scores of fundamental ideas such as Newtonian mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity, quantum theory, and so much more in Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works. Then, learn the absorbing scientific story behind the two most eagerly studied subjects...
  15. (Set) Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time & Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe   Set

    (Set) Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time & Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe

    Sean Carroll
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  16. (Set) The Science Of The Next 100 Years  Set

    (Set) The Science Of The Next 100 Years

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,929.60 Starting at $1,929.60 $1,929.60 $1,929.60$1,929.60
    Science, more than any other field of human study, is home to lightning-fast changes with the power to instantly revolutionize our understanding of the universe. So what are the scientific ideas that will occupy headlines and news stories for the next 100 years? What effects will they have on the way you think about—and live in—the world around you? The courses featured in this special section are your...
  17. (Set)  Mysteries of Physics: Time & Inexplicable Universe Set

    (Set) Mysteries of Physics: Time & Inexplicable Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $309.90 Starting at $309.90 $354.90 $309.90$354.90
  18. (Set) Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe; Superstring Theory: The DNA of Reality; Chaos; & Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World  Set

    (Set) Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe; Superstring Theory: The DNA of Reality; Chaos; & Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,019.80 Starting at $1,019.80 $1,019.80 $1,019.80$1,019.80
  19. (Set) Quantum Mechanics & Dark Matter, Dark Energy Set

    (Set) Quantum Mechanics & Dark Matter, Dark Energy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  20. (Set)  The Life and Death of Stars & Dark Matter, Dark Energy Set

    (Set) The Life and Death of Stars & Dark Matter, Dark Energy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
  21. (Set) Chaos & Dark Matter, Dark Energy  Set

    (Set) Chaos & Dark Matter, Dark Energy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Travel to the frontiers of science in these two fascinating courses that give you new ways to think about the universe and your everyday world. Chaos is an in-depth exploration of the history and applications of chaos theory—the study of how sensitive systems behave over time. Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe explores how the concepts of dark matter and dark energy—the most eagerly...
  22. (Set) Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time & Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge   Set

    (Set) Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time & Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  23. (Set) Complete Guide to the Universe  Set

    (Set) Complete Guide to the Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $2,484.60 Starting at $2,484.60 $2,484.60 $2,484.60$2,484.60
    Trying to envision the universe is a daunting process. Let these eight courses paint the picture of our cosmos for you, as you explore the science, history, and nature of space. From the known, in Our Night Sky, to the unknown in Black Holes, to the theorized in Dark Matter, plus five more fascinating topics, this extensive set leaves no topic uncovered and no question unanswered.
  24. (Set) Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time & Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity  Set

    (Set) Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time & Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  25. (Set) Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge & Dark Matter, Dark Energy  Set

    (Set) Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge & Dark Matter, Dark Energy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Peer inside two of the most mysterious corners of the scientific world with this fascinating course set. First, encounter some of the most intriguing concepts at the edge of modern physics with Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge. Then, explore the invisible components that have brought us to the brink of knowing—for the first time in history—what the universe is made of with Dark Matter, Dark Energy:...
  26. (Set) Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time & Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World   Set

    (Set) Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time & Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  27. (Set) Thermodynamics & Dark Matter, Dark Energy Set

    (Set) Thermodynamics & Dark Matter, Dark Energy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Grasp the four most fundamental laws of physics and understand the cosmic phenomena that are invisible but constitute the overwhelming majority of the universe in this course set. Start with Thermodynamics: Four Laws That Move the Universe to see how this branch of science that deals with the movement of heat informs and impacts every other. Then turn to Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe to...
  28. (Set) The Higgs Boson and Beyond & Physics and Our Universe Set

    (Set) The Higgs Boson and Beyond & Physics and Our Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $699.90 Starting at $699.90 $824.90 $699.90$824.90
    Gain a deeper understanding of physics with this set of courses. First, understand one of the most exciting scientific discoveries of our time with a fascinating short course that explains the science behind the hunt for the Higgs boson. Next, discover the beauty and simplicity of physics in a thorough and engaging course that covers fundamental and advanced ideas.
  29. (Set) The Higgs Boson and Beyond & Dark Matter, Dark Energy Set

    (Set) The Higgs Boson and Beyond & Dark Matter, Dark Energy

    Sean Carroll
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    Explore the fabric of the universe with this set. In The Higgs Boson and Beyond, travel to CERN and experience the thrilling story of the most important discovery of modern physics. Then, in Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe, dive further into the mysteries of modern physics and the wonders of our universe.
  30. (Set) The Higgs Boson and Beyond & Cosmology Set

    (Set) The Higgs Boson and Beyond & Cosmology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $489.90 Starting at $489.90 $574.90 $489.90$574.90
    Forge a link between scientific discoveries in this engaging set of courses. First, understand one of the most exciting scientific discoveries of our time with a fascinating short course that explains the science behind the hunt for the Higgs boson. Then, discover a wealth of insights into the origin, evolution, composition, and probable fate of our universe in an insightful course by an award-winning professor.