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 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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41 Courses and Sets

  1. (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...
  2. (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...
  3. (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
  4. (Set) Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time & Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge   Set on sale

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $412.00 Starting at $66.90 $509.90 $66.90$509.90
  5. (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...
  6. (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
  7. (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.
  8. (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.
  9. (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.
  10. (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History Set

    (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $399.90 $399.90$399.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Begin by exploring 36 ideas – philosophy, science and more – that have changed the face of civilization. Then, dive into ancient history and hopscotch around the world and across time to experience the fascinating variety of what the past has to offer.
  11. (Set) Understanding the Quantum World & The Higgs Boson and Beyond Set

    (Set) Understanding the Quantum World & The Higgs Boson and Beyond

    Sean Carroll
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
    Venture to the frontiers of what we know about the world around us with this illuminating two-course set. In Understanding the Quantum World, discover how the fundamentals of quantum theory have given physicists (and can give you) unprecedented insight into nature. Then, in The Higgs Boson and Beyond, follow the story of one of the triumphs of modern physics: the search for—and ultimate discovery of—the Higgs...
  12. (Set) The Science of Information & The Higgs Boson and Beyond Set

    (Set) The Science of Information & The Higgs Boson and Beyond

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
    Go deep into the very essence of what makes our universe, as two influential physicists take you on a stellar journey through matter in this two-course set. Initiate your journey with The Science of Information: From Language to Black Holes and change the way you see the world. Then explore why the Higgs Boson discovery was so relevant to expanding our knowledge of the universe in The Higgs Boson and Beyond.
  13. (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.
  14. (Set) The Higgs Boson and Beyond & Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time Set

    (Set) The Higgs Boson and Beyond & Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time

    Sean Carroll
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    Broaden your knowledge of science with this set of courses. 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, tackle one of the greatest problems in all of science—the nature of time itself—in a groundbreaking and absolutely enthralling course by one of the foremost researchers in this field.
  15. (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & 36 Big Ideas Set

    (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & 36 Big Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $499.90 $499.90$499.90

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  16. (SET) The Great Questions of Philosophy and Physics & Mysteries of Modern Physics Set

    (SET) The Great Questions of Philosophy and Physics & Mysteries of Modern Physics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    Questions about the physics of reality and the physics of time are at the heart of this two-course set that blends scientific insight with exceptional teaching. Start by exploring the concepts, theories, and speculations that underlie our understanding of reality in The Great Questions of Philosophy and Physics. Then, examine philosophical views on time, how we perceive and misperceive time, the workings of memory,...
  17. (Set) The Theory of Everything & The Higgs Boson and Beyond Set

    (Set) The Theory of Everything & The Higgs Boson and Beyond

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
    Do you like a good detective story when it comes to science? Then this two-course set is for you! First, join scientists trying to solve nature’s ultimate mystery in The Theory of Everything: The Quest to Explain All Reality. Then, in The Higgs Boson and Beyond, explore the details of the search for—and ultimate discovery of—the Higgs boson, a triumph of modern physics.
  18. (Set) The Nature of Matter & Dark Matter, Dark Energy Set

    (Set) The Nature of Matter & Dark Matter, Dark Energy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Explore the mysteries of the physical world with this set of courses. Begin by exploring the science of chemistry, which deals with matter in its infinite variety—from electrons to high-tech materials. Then investigate a crucial mystery in modern physics—the nature of dark matter and dark energy—uncovering what it is that astronomers are looking for and why they think they will find it.
  19. (Set) The Higgs Boson and Beyond & Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime Set

    (Set) The Higgs Boson and Beyond & Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    Broaden your knowledge of the mysteries of science 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, peer into one of the great mysteries of modern physics—the force of gravity—in a brilliant and insightful course taught by an award-winning professor of...
  20. (Set) What Einstein Got Wrong & The Higgs Boson and Beyond Set

    (Set) What Einstein Got Wrong & The Higgs Boson and Beyond

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $179.90 Starting at $179.90 $399.90 $179.90$399.90
    Look at the biggest breakthroughs and serious setbacks of science with this two-course set. Discover the fallible side of the world’s most renowned genius with What Einstein Got Wrong. Then, learn everything you need to know to fully grasp the significance of particle physics in The Higgs Boson and Beyond.