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The Theory of Everything: The Origin and Fate of the Universe

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In this series of lectures Stephen W.Hawking tries to give an outline of what we think is the history of the universe from the big bang to black holes.The first lecture briefly reviews past ideas about universe and how we got to our present picture.One might call this the history of the universe. The second lecture describes how both Newton s and Einstein s theories of gra ...more
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Published December 30th 2007 by Jaico Publishing House (first published 2002)
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Rakhi Dalal
Nov 27, 2015 Rakhi Dalal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


An artist's sketch of a black hole's event horizon

Sometimes when we look at the evening sky, observe a shooting star far away or admire the beauty of moon, we are overpowered by this idea of our seemingly insignificant existence in the Universe. For if we compare our very own presence, that of our world or our country, even of our planet or our galaxy with the Universe, it is bewildering that we seem to occupy not even a speck of dust as compared to the vastness of the Universe. Many of us are t
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Ahmed Abdelhamid
الكتاب بيغطي النظريات البشرية عن نشأة الكون و شكله و نهايته بشكل مبسط.
على الرغم من إنه بيتعرض لنظريات ال
Quantum mechanics, Relativity, Thermodynamics, Big bang, black holes...

إلا إن طريقة الكاتب جد مبسطة و التشبيهات التي يستخدمها بسيطة في أغلب الأحيان.
المحاضرات الأولى في الكتاب، تغطي تطور الفكر البشري في نظرته للكون و الأرض و شكلهم.

بطبيعة الحال، بيحفز عدد من الأسئلة مثل:
ما هو شكل أطراف الكون؟
في أي جزء من الكون تقع الكرة الأرضية؟
هل الزمن يسير في خط واحط؟ أم بالإمكان رؤية الزمن بالعكس؟
إذا كان م
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Carla René
Sep 09, 2010 Carla René rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure what to expect when I approached this book. Being such a huge Einstein fan and knowing how he struggled in his own, final quest for the Theory of Everything just before he died, well, I didn't know what to think. Had Hawking finally cracked that elusive nut?

I was originally homeless when I first discovered this book, and living in my car with my 2 cats. I would head to the library on special days to kill time, and immediately go to this book and throw myself into its pages. I'd alw
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Kaustubh
May 29, 2012 Kaustubh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not a novel per se but a collection of lectures by Mr Hawking, which explores the origins of the universe and tries to find the answer to "Why does the Universe exist, anyway?".
Stephen Hawking tries to explain the origin of the Universe or The Big Bang without going into the technicalities and also gives a brief overview of various theories present that try to explain the state of the Universe (even the String theory).
The writing is simple but still multiple readings will be required to comple
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Luisa
Sep 30, 2015 Luisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mohamed al-Jamri
Mar 15, 2016 Mohamed al-Jamri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هذا الكتاب هو عبارة عن سلسلة محاضرات القاها ستيفن هوكنج في أوقات مختلفة من حياته. بالنسبة لآخر أربعة كتب قرأتهم لنفس الكاتب فهذا هو أفضلهم وخاصة المحاضرة الخاصة بدورة حياة النجوم وتكون الثقوب السوداء

مواضيع المحاضرات متنوعة فمنها الذي يتكرر في كل الكتب العلمية المخصصة للجمهور العام من قبيل تاريخ العلم منذ أرسطو وتوليمي وصولاً إلى جاليليو وكيبلر ونيوتن ومن ثم آينشتاين وقصة الثابت الكوني وتوسع الكون واشعاع الخلفية الكوني وميكانيكا الكم وجهود توحيد النظريات العلمية ونظرية الأوتار والمادة والطاقة الم
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Swati
Feb 25, 2015 Swati rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Language is lucid. However, at times theories are quite complex and simple pictorial illustrations if incorporated might have had been useful. The book starts off with the ancient theories on universe evolution and gradually explains reasons for non-feasibility of the same in a structured manner. It is followed by explaining that why universe is non-static, future of stars, different evolutionary models, flaws in them, the paradox which is created if we assume singularity to be existent at the t ...more
Pablo Palet Araneda
Jan 17, 2014 Pablo Palet Araneda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Pablo by: Laval Román
Shelves: otros
A propósito de los límites del universo, descubrí otro de mis propios límites... no entiendo nada. Es decir, entiendo todas las palabras (no contiene fórmulas matemáticass ni muchos tecnicismos), pero aun así no me alcanza para entender lo que quiere decir. Me superan las cifras astronómicas. Nada que supere los mil millones o esté por debajo de la mil millonésima parte de algo me cabe en la cabeza. Igual logré intuir que es todo un desafío pensar a Dios desde la astronomía. Encontrar lenguajes ...more
Leonor
May 03, 2012 Leonor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I really wanted to read about science when I bought this book, and Stephen Hawking knows more about science than anyone.
Starts out simple and gets really complicated, I didn't understand the last chapters in the least, but they did make look up at the sky and think "Ooo...cool!".
Hawking is the personification of the science teacher I always wish I had. He explains thinks clearly without being patronizing and wit is constantly infused into the text, making it not only fascinating but fun to read.
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أميرة هاني
Oct 18, 2015 أميرة هاني rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pop-sci
Pleasantly accessible, for the most part.
Damian Reyes
Jun 15, 2016 Damian Reyes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un mejor y nuevo Nuevo testamento.
Que extraordinaria evolución; que tan lejos ha llegado la humanidad en la comprensión del mecanismo del universo. Éste libro, aunque tiene lenguaje técnico que en algún momento llega a emborrachar, está escrito en su mayoría para que los no especializados en física podamos a aproximarnos a el camino del hombre hacia el entendimiento del origen y articulación del cosmos. Hawking salpica con humor cada una de las siete conferencias lo cual hace más atractiva y ag
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Larissa Fauber
May 17, 2016 Larissa Fauber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Black holes, stars, the beauty of a supernova and the universe. Take these together and mix them with a scientist: Boom! An explosion! A Big Bang! The theory of almost everything we are eager to understand about the beginning of the times. This review will include a brief history of this book [PUN]!

Not only did Stephen Hawking describe those concepts easily in this book, but he also made us have free access to his deep studies. He was born exactly 300 years after Galileo's death and became one o
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Luis
Oct 13, 2016 Luis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lindo libro, ágil y ligero. Cualquier aficionado a la astronomía puede entenderlo y digerirlo.
Nicola
Jan 25, 2016 Nicola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Superb. It wasn't nearly as intimating as I'd feared as Hawkings renders his theory's down to simple language that even I can understand, although I think my many readings of A Short History Of Nearly Everything helped a great deal.

I'll give it a week and then I'll read it again a little more slowly.
Rashmi Basant
Jul 15, 2016 Rashmi Basant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this buddy. You will find yourself into the another level. You will find the all these are men who are fighting for each other are just meaning less.
Chayan Ghosh
This is more like The Story of Everything.

Prof. Hawking tries to explain theories related to the origin and fate of the universe, starting from the time of Aristotle till the (al)most recent times.

However, being mindful of his (or probably the publisher's) theory that every equation halves the sales of the book, he included 0 equations and 1 formula (E=mc²). And that is what I did not like about this book. I felt quite a few of the theories he discussed are so inherently mathematical that it is
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Al
Feb 07, 2013 Al rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In physicist Stephen Hawking's brilliant opus, A Brief History of Time, he presented us with a bold new look at our universe, how it began, and how our old views of physics and tired theories about the creation of the universe were no longer relevant. In other words, Hawking gave us a new look at our world, our universe, and ourselves. Now, available for the first time in trade paperback, Hawking presents an even more comprehensive look at our universe, its creation, and how we see ourselves wi

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Swati Priyadarsini
Jan 21, 2016 Swati Priyadarsini rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-reread
I have had this book along with 'A Brief History Of Time'(ABHOT) lying unread in my bookshelf since quite a long time. Call me shallow but the clear and bigger fonts and nice quality pages of TTOE made me prefer it over the other book. I have read some 3-4 other books by Jaico publishing house and realized I fall for these features in a book.

This book is amusing in that it explains in as simple language as it could have been possible, the theory of universe, especially black holes that seem to b
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G. Branden
A breezy, entertaining, and nonmathematical read on cosmology, QM, relativity, black holes, and unified field theories.

It's pitched at an audience that is already comfortable with the concepts of modern physics. A reader who lacks this background may find it a bit frustrating.

Some of this material is familiar from A Brief History of Time , but since it's been over 15 years since I read that title, I didn't find it a drawback.

My only real complaint about this title, or Hawking in general, is tha
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Jose Monarrez
Por su claridad para resolver preguntas... 4 estrellas

“The most remarkable property of the universe is that it has spawned creatures able to ask questions.”


Este es el tercer libro que he tenido la oportunidad de leer de Stephen Hawking... y me dejo sentimientos encontrados, los cuales me hicieron que pensara bien que calificación darle. el primero problema que encontré es que en este se encuentran elementos repetidos en otras de sus obras... que de hecho son casi capítulos completos de las mis
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Danna
Mar 15, 2009 Danna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating! I'm a great admirer of Stephen Hawking, and to hear him read these lectures aloud was a compelling experience. I found that I was as fascinated by his voice as the subject matter. At first I thought it would be difficult listening for an extended period of time, but his voice quickly sounds as natural as any other voice. I enjoyed hearing how consistent his unique accent is; for example, the emphasis is on the first syllable of "emit" so it sounds like the name "Emmitt". Of course h ...more
Maddie Miller
Mar 17, 2015 Maddie Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing. This book is about the famous physicist Stephen Hawking. Stephen was a young boy at the time trying to pursue his doctorate at the University of Cambridge the early 1960s. There, he meets the love of his life, Jane Wilde, who is a literature student. Soon after, Stephen is diagnosed with a motor neuron disease and is expected to only live 2 more years. What will happen to Stephen and his new love? Read this amazing book to find out.

I absolutely loved this book. It was so
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Suzan
Apr 13, 2013 Suzan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physics
أحببت هذا الكتاب إنه ملائم لمن يريد المعرفة حول النظريات ال"الجديدة" في الفيزياء والتي في الأغلب لا يتم تداولها إلا لمن يتعلم الفيزياء في طور متقدم.
الكتاب منظم بشكل جميل على شكل محاضرات وكل محاضرة تذكر بعضاً من تلك النظريات الجديدة وبكلمات يفهمها القاريء الغير ملم بالمصطلحات الفيزيائية.
من عنوان الكتاب البرفسور ستيفن هوكينج يحاول أن يقدم للقاريء الطرق التي تجعل العلماء يتوصلون لنظرية كل شيء أو تلك النظرية التي تجعلك تفهم كل ما يحصل في هذا العالم (الفيزيائي). أتمنى ترجمة هذا الكتاب للعربية لأنه قد
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Ches
Oct 21, 2012 Ches rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
On a whim, I acquired a copy of "A Brief History of Time", "A Briefer History of Time", and this book. Sadly, they all seem to be copies of the same content. The first one I listed had the most mathematical / quantum mechanical jibber-jabber, and this one had the least, but they were all the same book. If anything, this one was just sort of a Coles Notes version.

It tries to be an easy-reading overview of all of cosmology - or at least all of the cosmology relevant to Stephen Hawking's career, wh
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Andy Cyca
Apr 28, 2014 Andy Cyca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-ftw
En resumen, este libro trata sobre la historia de las teorías sobre el origen del universo. ¿Cuáles fueron las primeras? ¿Cómo han cambiado? ¿Cómo son en la actualidad? ¿Hacia dónde van? Sin usar matemáticas ni diagramas complejos, Hawking explica muy bien el ya popular concepto del Big Bang y las menos conocidas teorías y consecuencias de éste.

A pesar de ser relativamente viejo para un libro científico (el texto es original de 1996) es capaz de explicar con mejor detalle el estado actual de la
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Angela Joves
Jul 28, 2016 Angela Joves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING by Stephen Hawkings explains that scientists are trying to unify a single theory to explain our world. They empasize more on why? rather than how? (ex:how is the process of electromagnetism? , Why is the process the way it is? YES) In actuality, two fields are combined to explain this, and those are Quantum Physics and Astrophysics, because QP explains the tiny and the small, while Astrophysics focuses on the giant of our outer space.
Stephen also wrote that all of Alber
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Jana L.
Jan 16, 2016 Jana L. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thinking, science
In this collection of seven lectures, Hawking gives the background for and current theories in play about a cohesive theory of, well, everything. The book kind of serves as a general overview for the topics he covers in _A Brief History of Time_ and is a great introduction to the topics of quantum mechanics, black holes, general relativity, and cosmology. Because of the constraints of his medium, Hawking glosses over some really important and mind-bending facts about the universe, so make sure y ...more
Juan B. Martínez Parente
Se puede aprender mucho de este libro. Hawking describe de forma bastante accesible la concepción que se tiene actualmente del universo y cómo la ciencia ha evolucionado hasta llegar a eso. Hace notar, además, que las ciencias del universo, por llamarles de alguna forma a la teoría de la relatividad, la mecánica cuántica y la teoría de cuerdas, no necesariamente se oponen a las creencias religiosas. Por último, describe la relevancia y el impacto que tendría la existencia de una teoría del todo. ...more
Rui Pacheco
May 23, 2016 Rui Pacheco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing is clear and accessible, despite being quite scientific; a scientist reader will enjoy is as much as the "common" reader. The difficulty of comprehension increasing as the book goes on but rarely being too inaccessible, just more complex.
Some humor along the way makes the reading more relaxed after some pages full of information, and the casual reference to the possible existence of (a) God is a fine detail for someone who likes to have a look on the topic "science versus religion".
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Cristina Semiao
Mar 01, 2015 Cristina Semiao rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
De leitura muito acessível e organizado em 7 lições, este livro é como tirar um curso intensivo por correspondência de todas as teorias existentes sobre a origem e destino do Universo, desde a antiga Grécia até à actualidade. Sem abusar do jargão científico, Hawking é brilhante na simplicidade com que nos apresenta cada teoria apenas para a questionar de imediato. Muito bom também para entender melhor o filme Interstellar :)
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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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