The Illustrated A Brief History of Time/The Universe in a


The Illustrated A Brief History of Time/The Universe in a Nutshell One of the most influential thinkers of our time, Stephen Hawking is an intellectual icon, known not only for the adventurousness of his ideas but for the clarity and wit with which he expresses them In this new book Hawking takes us to the cutting edge of theoretical physics, where truth is often stranger than fiction, to explain in laymen s terms the principles that control our universe Like many in the community of theoretical physicists, Professor Hawking is seeking to uncover the grail of science the elusive Theory of Everything that lies at the heart of the cosmos In his accessible and often playful style, he guides us on his search to uncover the secrets of the universe from supergravity to supersymmetry, from quantum theory to M theory, from holography to duality He takes us to the wild frontiers of science, where superstring theory and p branes may hold the final clue to the puzzle And he lets us behind the scenes of one of his most exciting intellectual adventures as he seeks to combine Einstein s General Theory of Relativity and Richard Feynman s idea of multiple histories into one complete unified theory that will describe everything that happens in the universe With characteristic exuberance, Professor Hawking invites us to be fellow travelers on this extraordinary voyage through space time Copious four color illustrations help clarify this journey into a surreal wonderland where particles, sheets, and strings move in eleven dimensions where black holes evaporate and disappear, taking their secret with them and where the original cosmic seed from which our own universe sprang was a tiny nut The Universe in a Nutshell is essential reading for all of us who want to understand the universe in which we live Like its companion volume, A Brief History of Time, it conveys the excitement felt within the scientific community as the secrets of the cosmos reveal themselves These books are still pretty hard to follow especially the History of Time but the illustrations do help a lot I think the big problem is that the math helps you understand, and most people reading the book don t have the math skills required to follow it My math is a bit rusty, but i still think it would help me to have an appendix or something showing the mathematical support for the ideas Maybe not, but without it the discussions seem almost like fantasy. figure 1 Me reading this book and just casually stirring my tea telekineticallyA Brief History of Time is just one of those books I had always wanted to read but never got around to I remember seeing it in Borders pours some out back when I was 13 or 14, and being really drawn to the concept At that time in my life I wanted to know a bit about everything like law check , medicine check , and cooking check plus, if I do say so myself I found this edition to be quite cool because it r figure 1 Me reading this book and just casually stirring my tea telekineticallyA Brief History of Time is just one of those books I had always wanted to read but never got around to I remember seeing it in Borders pours some out back when I was 13 or 14, and being really drawn to the concept At that time in my life I wanted to know a bit about everything like law check , medicine check , and cooking check plus, if I do say so myself I found this edition to be quite cool because it reminded me of school yes, I knew that rhymed, you thinking I m a fool Anyway, the leather cover immediately reminded me of my high school yearbook and the inside was like one of the funner Houghton Mifflin textbooks with pictures in the margins and whatnot.The chapter I found most intriguing was The Arrow of Time, which sounds like an awesome Doctor Who episode and if it isn t, please make it one, Moffat The chapters on Wormholes and Physics and The Unification of Physics were incredibly fascinating as well.Also included with this edition is The Universe in a Nutshell, and the title immediately makes me think of this If ABHOT is like a university lecture, TUIAN is like having a drink with a professor after finals It scasually written and Stephen Hawking surprised me by having a subversive sense of humor.Both are equally enjoyable and worth a gander if this is your jam Both books back to back was a good thing While the second was decidedly less mathematical than the first, it helped that all the complicated ideas or, rather, numerous theories were all fresh in my head A Brief History of Time is stuff that can be introduced by a zillion TV documentaries nowadays, of course, but the benefit of the book is that it explains exactly why we know so much of what we know This can, and frequently does, involve some higher thinking, which Stephen does an admirable Both books back to back was a good thing While the second was decidedly less mathematical than the first, it helped that all the complicated ideas or, rather, numerous theories were all fresh in my head A Brief History of Time is stuff that can be introduced by a zillion TV documentaries nowadays, of course, but the benefit of the book is that it explains exactly why we know so much of what we know This can, and frequently does, involve some higher thinking, which Stephen does an admirable job of dumbing down for us He also takes us on the journey of scientific discovery through the ages, introducing great thinkers and explorers of every era, their triumphs, hits and misses, to show us where we are today, what we know, and why But there s a great, great many aspects to our world and even universe that are understood and explained with a better answer than simply, because The depth and breadth of knowledge imparted by these two companion books is extraordinary and simply cannot be summed up shortly It truly takes someone like Stephen Hawking to condense the universe into a nutshell He does so with tremendous power, clarity, andthan a little humor Stephen Hawking is a brilliant man whose greatest contribution to society is not his science, but his ability to write about difficult concepts in simple language His sense of humor is greatly appreciated Hawking makes learning fun

  • Paperback
  • 464 pages
  • The Illustrated A Brief History of Time/The Universe in a Nutshell
  • Stephen Hawking
  • English
  • 01 November 2019

About the Author: Stephen Hawking

Stephen William Hawking was born on 8 January 1942 in Oxford, England His parents house was in north London, but during the second world war Oxford was considered a safer place to have babies When he was eight, his family moved to St Albans, a town about 20 miles north of London At eleven Stephen went to St Albans School, and then on to University College, Oxford, his father s old college Stephen wanted to do Mathematics, although his father would have preferred medicine Mathematics was not available at University College, so he did Physics instead After three years and not very much work he was awarded a first class honours degree in Natural Science.Stephen then went on to Cambridge to do research in Cosmology, there being no one working in that area in Oxford at the time His supervisor was Denis Sciama, although he had hoped to get Fred Hoyle who was working in Cambridge After gaining his Ph.D he became first a Research Fellow, and later on a Professorial Fellow at Gonville and Caius College After leaving the Institute of Astronomy in 1973 Stephen came to the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, and since 1979 has held the post of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics The chair was founded in 1663 with money left in the will of the Reverend Henry Lucas, who had been the Member of Parliament for the University It was first held by Isaac Barrow, and then in 1669 by Isaac Newton.Stephen Hawking worked on the basic laws which govern the universe With Roger Penrose he showed that Einstein s General Theory of Relativity implied space and time would have a beginning in the Big Bang and an end in black holes These results indicated it was necessary to unify General Relativity with Quantum Theory, the other great Scientific development of the first half of the 20th Century One consequence of such a unification that he discovered was that black holes should not be completely black, but should emit radiation and eventually evaporate and disappear Another conjecture is that the universe has no edge or boundary in imaginary time This would imply that the way the universe began was completely determined by the laws of science.His many publications include The Large Scale Structure of Spacetime with G.F.R Ellis, General Relativity An Einstein Centenary Survey, with W Israel, and 300 Years of Gravity, with W Israel Stephen Hawking has three popular books published his best seller A Brief History of Time, Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays and most recently in 2001, The Universe in a Nutshell Professor Hawking received twelve honorary degrees, was awarded the CBE in 1982, and was made a Companion of Honour in 1989 He was the recipient of many awards, medals and prizes and is a Fellow of The Royal Society and a Member of the US National Academy of Sciences.


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