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The Universe in a Nutshell

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The brilliant theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has become known worldwide for his adventurousness ideas about the principles that control our universe. "The Universe in a Nutshell, " a fascinating follow-up to "A Brief History of Time, " unravels the breakthroughs that have evolved in the years since the first book was published. Abridged.
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Published November 6th 2001 by Random House Audio
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Britain Peters Hawking's "A Brief History of Time" is a good place to start; the ideas cover the basics of physical laws and how the universe operates. Hawking…moreHawking's "A Brief History of Time" is a good place to start; the ideas cover the basics of physical laws and how the universe operates. Hawking states that this book is a follow up to ABHOT, but it can be read by itself (ABHOT recommended though).(less)
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Duaa Ahmed
لأول مرة أتناول كتاب علمي بحت وصودف أن يكون للعالم الرائع (ستيفن هوكينغ)

الكون في قشرة جوز -حرفيا- ، وما التشابه بين قشرة جوز وكوننا بفضاءه وكواكبه ومجراته

بين صفحات الكتاب انتقلت إلى عالم آخر .. عالم سامي عالي حيث فقط المبادئ العلمية تحكمه وللغرابة فهي أيضا موسعة للخيال

لم أتعرف على ستيفن بمفرده في الكتاب بل أيضا تعرفت على آينشتاين وبلانك وروزا وغيرهم من العلماء الأفاضل

الكتاب تجربة رائعة وأنصح بقراءته
Marty Hirst
Now I read this book cover to cover, line-by-line, methodically going back over passages that were "challenging", line-by-line, got to the last page, closed the book and said out loud; "Nope, sorry Steve, you lost me there".
Nick
Hawking is an exceedingly clear and occasionally quite funny writer, not easy when the topic is quantum physics, etc. I would be lying if I claimed to understand much of this book, especially in the audiobook format in which an exceedingly pleasant British voice hurls a flood of Hawking's words and concepts, one more challenging than the previous one. It might, repeat: might, have been possible to understand this material on a printed page, which in this case included a lot of nifty diagrams, on ...more
Lynn
Jul 22, 2008 Lynn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yes, I'm a dork, and in addition to reading grammar books for fun, I also read science books. I've been told that Stephen Hawking is not as complicated to read as one might assume. While I did learn a lot from this book, I also was left with a lot more questions. Furthermore, the illustrations were either confusing or totally unnecessary.
مصطفی یاوری آیین
روزهای شیرین دوره ی راهنمایی - دبیرستان، لذت کشف دنیا از بین کتاب ها.
ممنون آقای هاوکینگ
ستاره هایی که به کتاب می دهم، ستاره هایی است که یک پسربچه ی دوره ی راهنمایی به کتاب محبوبش می دهد، نه ستاره هایی که امروز باید به عنوان یک فیزیک خوانده ی معلم نجوم به کتاب بدهم.
هبه النيل
الكتاب جيد لكن يشوبه الصعوبات الناتجة عن الترجمة فلم أكن مدركة لاغلب المصطلحات العلمية لاختلاف التوحيد اللغوي للترجمة
ورأي الشخصي ان قراءة الكتب العلمية تجب بالانجليزية اوقع واكثر عمومية من أي لغة أخرى
Sanabel Atya

لن أقول أنني فهمتُ كل ما ذُكر في الكتاب..لا يهم، فقد خرجتُ بأفكارٍ جديدة,,
وتعميق لما كنتُ أعرفه.
على أي حال...إن مثل هذه العلوم، بالنسبة لي أراها، أكبر من يستوعبها عقلي الصغير جداً...ههه وفي كل مرة أتأمل، أسأل نفس السؤال: كيف تمكنوا من ذلك؟!! ما هذا الذي يحصل...؟ وأتوقف على الأسئلة لئلا اصاب بالجنون.
تلفاز من القرن الماضي،يُثيرني،وأقول عنه أنّى لهم هذا... فما بالكم بالكون !! :/
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ليس هنالك ما يُسمى سفراً خلال الزمن،، ويحدث في شروط فيزيائية معقدة جداً، احتمال توافرها صفراً !! هذا ما خلصتُ إ
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Vuka :3
Jul 20, 2013 Vuka :3 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physics
I really liked "A Brief History of Time" much more.

While it isn't that bad (it's actually very good), in comparison with Brief History, it seems only to have many more illustrations and fewer thorough explanations.

I understand that Hawking tried to write a popular science book with a branching non-linear structure without depending heavily on what has been said in the previous chapters, but I don't think that's actually possible. At least I honestly doubt it could be done without losing a signif
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Kelly Enck
Oct 04, 2013 Kelly Enck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stephen Hawking, stated in, " The Universe in a Nutshell" that our history is filled with infinite potentiality and what we "got” was due to disturbing the quantum field by our "observations."
Profound, I thought, and pondered about his theory for months.

To better understand Dr. Hawking's theory, I read everything on quantum physics I could understand and a pile of books on the brain, Bruce Hood's "The Self Illusion" was the most helpful. Below is what I believe correlates with Hawking's theory
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Amirtha Shri
Jan 10, 2016 Amirtha Shri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do not yet have intellect enough to comprehend the entirety of the book. However, for the extent I managed to understand, I must say it was incredibly brilliant. I didn't begin the book with the expectation of thorough understanding, so there was no disappointment. Furthermore, it was actually a relief that I could get a lot of the stuff in the book considering the fact that it is written by Hawking. I am glad I gave it a try. I will boldly explore science non-fiction from now on.

As for the wr
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Abbass  Maanna
It was my first ride with Stephen Hawking , and it wasn't bad at all.

Reading about your UNIVERSE for the first time, in such a detailed explanation for what the writer aims to tell based on his wide knowledge in Quantum mechanics, theoretical physics and cosmology , necessarily requires a knowledgeable reader in the sciences I've just mentioned so he/she wouldn't be perplexed and then, he would get answers for many questions that may flash in his mind.

In addition to the diverse information that
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L.S.
May 21, 2009 L.S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, audiobooks
This is my first time ever audio book. It is enjoyable, esspecially because of the voice - is calm. I am used to listening to scientific materials, most of them in form of debates. But listening to an audio book is nothing compared to reading - you cannot turn back the page or re-read a passage, you cannot make notes with a pencil on the page, you cannot highlight key definitions, aseertions, or conclusions in the text. Eye-sight is also a much more efficient tool in gathering information than t ...more
Mohamed CJ
This is a kind of follow up for Hawking A Brief History of Time which sold over 10 million copies. The idea behind it -other than making a lit of money- according o the author is to explore some of the topic that were put in late chapters in the aforementioned book that were perhaps not read as well as sharing the later scientific discoveries (the first book was published in 1988, this one in 2001).

Just as the first book the Hawking writings in general, the book is mostly easy to understand alth
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Trí Trần
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ريهام يوسف
Aug 07, 2015 ريهام يوسف rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
طب انا ممكن اعيط ؟ :’(
احساس الاستمتاع الي بحسه لما اقرأ شعر من ايام الرسول والصحابة والتابعين وانا مش فاهمه حاجه فيه بس بستمتع بقرأته ,, الكتاب ده حسسني اوي بالاحساس ده :D
انا كنت بقرأه وانا بستمتع بيه شوية افهم وشوية لأ والاغلية لأ بس الفصل الاخير والقبل الاخير وضحلي حاجات كتير مكنتش فهماها .
اهم الحاجات الي انا عرفتها جديدة واستفدتها من الكتاب هى نظرية الاوتار ونظرية الاوتار الفائقة ونظرية ام ونظرية البران , هو لسه في تشويش عندي عنهم يعني :D
ما علينا , في حاجات كنت عارفاها بس عرفاها ك حقائق ع
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Mike Ogilvie
Jun 03, 2011 Mike Ogilvie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
I really enjoyed A Brief History of Time and so was looking forward to The Universe in a Nutshell and its updated material. I was hoping it would be a "dumbed down" version of some of the high-end theoretical physics ideas that I haven't had the time or brain cells to keep up with.

While I'm sure the content is dumbed down from Stephen Hawking's level, most of it is covered at a level and speed that kept it out of my comprehension. To be honest I find a lot of modern theories and ideas very skept
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Andrew
This book is aesthetic perfection. It really stands out from the crowd. Try holding a copy in your own hands - it practically calls out to be read. And that's just the front cover. The illustrations that grace every page are remarkable because they manage to explain, with complete lucidity, exactly what the words in the text can't quite say, and yet also bring a smile to my face in a way that I doubted Relativity ever would during my school years.

Stephen Hawking is a great guide in the world of
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Jose Vera
Stephen Hawking es uno de los más conocidos físicos teóricos del momento. Pese a la enfermedad que padece Hawking ha logrado revolucionar el pensamiento científico y la forma en como vemos el cosmos.

Este libro publicado por primera vez en el 2001 es una pequeña ventana al mundo de la astrofísica, física cuántica y física teórica.

Aunque escrita en lenguaje sencillo y durante algunas páginas nos parece entender a profundidad lo que Hawking quiere decir, poco a poco se va ahondando tanto en concept
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minhhai
Concise overview of the structure of the Universe. But unless you have certain knowledge in Astronomy, you hardly understand this book fully.
Thaer Dieb
Dec 08, 2015 Thaer Dieb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: علوم, 2015
علي أن أذكر ان الكتاب كان بالنسبة لي صعبا جدا رغم أنه ليس أول قراءة لي في هذا الموضوع.
أسلوب الكاتب لم يكن مبسطا ومما زاد الموضوع تعقديا الترجمة الى العربية الغير موفقة اطلاقا.
لقد استخدم المترجم تعريبات لكلمات لا تدل باعتقادي على مدلولاتها
اذ لم اقرا او اسمع في حياتي عن تعريب لجزء الماء
يد2أ H2O على انه
مع ذاك هناك ما يمكنني قوله عن هذا الكتاب
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اولا هذا الكتاب عمق قليلا من فهمي للنسبية الخاصة والعامة والفرق بينهما.
وان كان بات وضاحا ان الكون يتمدد باستمرار و
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Bruno Cunha
Nov 13, 2011 Bruno Cunha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mais um livro lido e dessa vez um bem mais técnico que os que estou acostumado a ler. Não que eu não goste, muito pelo contrário, adoro, mas é que normalmente leio sobre ficção fantástica e livros sobre esses assuntos; teoria do buraco negro, teoria da relatividade de Einstein, (E=MC^2), teoria das cordas e, para minha surpresa, a nova teoria das branas e p-branas, não são muito aceitos pelas pessoas “normais”. :)

Como digo, esses são assuntos pra você ler durante a viagem de ônibus para o trabal
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Remo
Mar 04, 2012 Remo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Decir que Stephen Hawking es uno de los mejores físicos del siglo XX no es dar una gran noticia. Su gran capacidad, unida a la enfermedad que le ató a una silla cuando aún era joven (Esclerosis lateral amiotrófica, o la enfermedad de Lou Gehrig, llamada así por un jugador de béisbol), le han convertido en un icono.


Hawking se ha dedicado a intentar unir la Relatividad y la Mecánica cuántica. Ha publicado muchísimo y suyo es el mérito de la formulación del primer efecto medible (aunque aún no haya

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Mohamed Hassan Ali
Jun 13, 2013 Mohamed Hassan Ali rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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اديت للكتاب نجمتين على قدر الإستفادة الشخصية و المتعة.. و الحقيقة المتعة قلت عشان الإستفادة كانت قليلة.. لكن المحتوى العلمى خارج عن التقييم

الكتاب ليه ترجمة تبع سلسةعالم المعرفة، لكن لقيت ان الترجمة مش مفهومة أوي، فقلت إن المشكلة في المترجم.. قلت أقرأه بالإنجليزي و أمري لله.. لقيت إن اسلوب الكتاب أصلا مش سهل أوي، يعني فيه كتير من التعبيرات العلمية الفنية اللي الكاتب مش بيفسرها في كتاب المفروض انه موجه للعامة

في الفصل الأول و التاني اتكلم هوكينج عن النظرية النسبية و عن الزمان، بس للأسف شرحهم بإسلوب
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Bob Nichols
This book doesn't do much to clarify Hawking's earlier work. There are more pictures and diagrams, but the narrative is overly abbreviated or unclear. Other books by other writers do a better job of describing the same material (and even Hawking's own theoretical contributions).

There are a few observations in this book that stood out as ways of conveying difficult concepts. Spacetime is best viewed not as passive background, for example, but as an active participant "in the dynamics of the unive
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Wendy
Dec 10, 2015 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My 3 stars isn't really a reflection on the book. I really needed to pay more attention, and will have to tackle this again at some point (probably in written form instead of audio). This is the first book I've ever listened to where I had no idea what was happening for decent chunks of time. Partially my fault, though.
Volodymyr Tomyuk
Дуже цікава книжка. Стівен Хокінг описує історію всесвіту в форматі "for dummies", але все одно інколи мені не вистачало уяви, щоб зрозуміти деякі терміни, наприклад що таке уявний час (imaginary time) чи що таке струна. Всі чули про теорію Великого Вибуху завдяки серіалу і про чорні дірки завдяки фантастам, але це просто важко уявити, наскільки далеко зайшла теоретично фізика і як мало людей її знають і дійсно розуміють. В книжці згадується, що коли Ейнштейн написав свою загальну теорію відносн ...more
Evan
Aug 26, 2013 Evan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
This book serves as a reminder of just how large the gap is between popular science offerings geared towards the masses, shiny magazine articles and Discovery Channel TV shows full of CGI graphics and a taste of the science behind them, and the actual world of theoretical physics. I consider myself something of a 'space geek', but after reading this book it's clear that I am no physicist. While the theories contained within the book are abstract enough on their own to confuse most people, the at ...more
Dale Gomez
Oct 04, 2012 Dale Gomez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book describes the things of which dreams are made, and topics philosophers have been questioning for millenia. Open your imagination if you read this book, because you will need it. As Hawkins quotes his good friend and collegue whose name eludes me at the moment, science is imagination in a strait jacket. I couldn't agree more and noticed this very fact in my experiences in the field of science. The best scientist (or at least most likely to be ground breaking) seem to have a bit of a cre ...more
Lee
Mar 10, 2009 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the average lay-person, such as myself, this one is a little hard to keep up with at times.

I'll admit it; my brain is nutshell-like, and therefore, Hawking's rate of explanation required me to review some concepts several times.

But just because you got a bachelor of arts to avoid that math requirement like I did, don't let that stop you from trying to grasp at least 50% of what Hawking is saying here. Absorbing a fraction of genius is better than absorbing none at all all.

In fact, I'd wag
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Alyssa
Feb 17, 2011 Alyssa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eh. This is an okay book. If you are looking for a book that provides good information about the universe I'd say go ahead and read this book! I personally didn't like this book because I couldn't understand it. I only read the first 100 pages. I wasn't going to make myself suffer through another 100 pages. I just really didn't like it. But, It wasn't the worst book in the world. I can say that Stephen Hawking is one of the smartest man on earth. Maybe I would've liked it if he described and exp ...more
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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. Ste ...more
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