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

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

10 thoughts on “The Illustrated A Brief History of Time/The Universe in a Nutshell

  1. Darth J Darth J says:

    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

  2. Brian Bruns Brian Bruns says:

    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

  3. Richard Houchin Richard Houchin says:

    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

  4. Matty Lapointe-Smith Matty Lapointe-Smith says:

    There s a reason I never took physicsAnd that all of my science credits for my BA consist of studying the biographies of Copernicus, Galileo, and Einstein.This stuff is COMPLICATED, y alls.I read Brief History of Time in high school as an assignment for Non western Civilization from one of the best teachers I ever had Still not sure how

  5. Lon Lon says:

    Some nice updates since the publication of Brief History of Time, which I loved, but not much here for those of us looking for some satisfying extension of his earlier primer on theoretical physics His treatment of string theory piqued my curiosity, but ultimately led me to check out Brian Greene s Elegant Universe for aextensive treatmen

  6. Deanne Deanne says:

    One of the greatest minds, a reminder that it s easy to dismiss someone based on their ability to communicate or their disadvantages I work in a Neuro theatre and often deal with people who due to illness or injury find it hard to respond, wonder how they feel I treated them.As for the book, love science and find black holes fascinating ev

  7. Roewoof Roewoof says:

    This book is gorgeous Let s get that out of the way The illustrations and photos go a long way to engage the reader in a way that draws them further into the subject The language is accessible for anyone who might be interested in reading Often science books use language that seems to want to repel people from being interested in the subjec

  8. Julien V Julien V says:

    This was way harder to read than I would ve thought, being a worldwide popular science bestseller It s probable that most people bought that book and just kept it on their coffee table to impress visitors Some stuff about black holes and the life of the universe simply blew my mind In the later chapters, I had a hard time distinguishing prop

  9. Jonathan Jonathan says:

    Life, the universe, and everything We know the answer 42 , but have we learned to ask the question In these two books, conveniently collected into one exceedingly well produced volume, Stephen Hawking sets forth the fundamental thinking underlying modern cosmology From this vantage point, he also probes some of those deeper questions which na

  10. Jack Jack says:

    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 somethi

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