60 Books Recommended by Sean Carroll


Cosmologist and Physics

Sean Michael Carroll is a cosmologist and physics professor specializing in dark energy and general relativity. He is a research professor in the Department of Physics at the California Institute of Technology.

  1. A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature’s Deep Design by Frank Wilczek
  2. The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design by Richard Dawkins
  3. The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates by Frans de Waal
  4. Causality: Models, Reasoning, and Inference by Judea Pearl
  5. Creation: How Science is Reinventing Life Itself by Adam Rutherford
  6. The Problem Of The Soul: Two Visions Of Mind And How To Reconcile Them by Owen Flanagan
  7. The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe by Richard Penrose
  8. The Self-Organizing Economy by Paul Krugman
  9. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  10. What Is Life? How Chemistry Becomes Biology by Addy Pross
  11. The Inflationary Universe: The Quest for a New Theory of Cosmic Origins by Alan Guth
  12. The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory by DJ Chalmers
  13. Consciousness Explained by Daniel Dennett
  14. Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life by Daniel Dennett
  15. The Emergent Multiverse: Quantum Theory According to the Everett Interpretation by David Wallace
  16. The Five Ages of the Universe: Inside the Physics of Eternity by Fred Adams
  17. Phi: A Voyage from the Brain to the Soul by Giulio Tononi
  18. The Really Hard Problem: Meaning in a Material World by Owen Flanagan
  19. The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Jonathan Gottschall
  20. The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life by Nick Lane
  21. Why Evolution Is True by Jerry Coyne
  22. The Atheist’s Guide to Reality: Enjoying Life Without Illusions by Alexander Rosenberg
  23. Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn: A Father, a Daughter, the Meaning of Nothing, and the Beginning of Everything by Amanda Gefter
  24. Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain by Antonio Damasio
  25. The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality by Brian Greene
  26. Physicalism and Its Discontents by Carl Gillett
  27. The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan
  28. Mistakes Were Made by Carol Tavris
  29. Why Information Grows: The Evolution of Order, from Atoms to Economies by Cesar Hidalgo
  30. A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy & Meaning in a World Without God by Chris Johnson
  31. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely
  32. Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking by Daniel Dennett
  33. Time and Chance by David Albert
  34. The Fabric of Reality: The Science of Parallel Universes and Its Implications by David Deutsch
  35. Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman
  36. Cells to Civilizations: The Principles of Change that Shape Life by Enrico Coen
  37. The Meaning of Human Existence by EO Wilson
  38. Does Santa Exist? A Philosophical Investigation by Eric Kaplan
  39. Spooky Action at a Distance: The Phenomenon That Reimagines Space and Time–and What It Means for Black Holes, the Big Bang, and Theories of Everything by George Musser
  40. Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe by Greg Epstein
  41. Constructivism in Practical Philosophy by James Lenman
  42. Why Does the World Exist by Jim Holt
  43. Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them by Joshua Greene
  44. Knocking on Heaven’s Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World by Lisa Randall
  45. The Call of Character: Living a Life Worth Living by Mari Ruti
  46. Complexity: A Guided Tour by Melanie Mitchell
  47. Who’s In Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain by Michael Gazzaniga
  48. The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail by Nate Silver
  49. Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3 by Neil Shubin
  50. Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain by Patricia Churchland
  51. How Nature Works: The Science of Self-Organized Criticality by Per Bak
  52. The Shadow of Consciousness by Peter Hankins
  53. Life’s Ratchet: How Molecular Machines Extract Order from Chaos by Peter Hoffman
  54. The Ethical Project by Philip Kitcher
  55. The Character of Physical Law by Richard Feynman
  56. Quantum Computing Since Democritus by Scott Aaronson
  57. The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking
  58. To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science by Steven Weinberg
  59. A Significant Life: Human Meaning in a Silent Universe by Todd May
  60. A Dialogue on Consciousness by Torin Halter

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