Sean Carroll - America's favourite physicist (ft. musical guest Emma Hill)

Sean Carroll is a Research Professor of theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology, and an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. He received his Ph.D. in 1993 from Harvard University. His research has focused on fundamental physics and cosmology, especially issues of dark matter, dark energy, spacetime symmetries, and the origin of the universe. Recently, Carroll has worked on the foundations of quantum mechanics, the emergence of spacetime, and the evolution of entropy and complexity. Carroll is the author of Something Deeply Hidden, The Big Picture, The Particle at the End of the Universe, From Eternity to Here, and Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity. He has been awarded prizes and fellowships by the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Sloan Foundation, the Packard Foundation, the American Physical Society, the American Institute of Physics, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the Royal Society of London, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Carroll has appeared on TV shows such as The Colbert Report, PBS's NOVA, and Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, and frequently serves as a science consultant for film and television. He is host of the weekly Mindscape podcast.  

This episode I'm joined by Emma Hill, an Alaskan singer-songwriter and old friend of mine. 

Listen to the song I wrote with Emma after being inspired by our conversation with Sean and all the other Podsongs  

Lyrics to the song that was inspired by the interview:


Capo 4th 

B    G#m    E     B 
E    G#m     F#       B 

G                            Em 
Quantum leaps in quantum theory 
C                      G 
A multiversal prism 
C                                             Em 
Unthreaded from the theory string 
D/F#                 G 
A cosmic mechanism 

E   F#   
B   F#  G#m 
E   F#  G#m 

        C                            D 
Many ideas are encouraged 
  G         F#/D        Em 
others are forbidden 
  C                     D                      Em 
While some things stay deeply hidden 

Many worlds links many theories 
It scratches at the gloss 
As carousels of parallels  
Cascade across the cosmos 

Theories are proudly postulated 
Formulas are written 
While some things stay deeply hidden 





Science is reaching  


Learning and teaching 


Constantly questioning  


The spaces between 


With small steps or leaping 

Persistently seeking 

The answers we crave 


To particles and waves 

INSTRUMENTAL (Same chords as Middle) 

Some or all are not convinced at all 
By the patterns placed before them 
They interrogate and authenticate 
To solve superposition 

Many worlds is crying out 
Dying to be ridden 
While some things stay deeply......... hidden