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Professor Sean Carroll

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.


"Dr. Carroll is an excellent instructor. He is able to bring complex theory to the "common" woman in an understandable fashion. He is interesting, not pretentious, and a pleasure to listen to. Very interesting."


"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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  1. The Higgs Boson and Beyond Sale

    The Higgs Boson and Beyond

    Sean Carroll
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    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
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    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

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

    Sean Carroll
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    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

    Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas

    Sean Carroll
    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!