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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 1983)
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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
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
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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Pablo Palet Araneda
Jan 17, 2014 Pablo Palet Araneda rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Pablo by: Laval Román
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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
Swati
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
Leonor
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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Maddie Miller
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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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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Al

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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Danna
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
Suzan
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
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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Cristina Semiao
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 :)
Andy Cyca
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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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
Pablo Guzmán
Un interesante compendio de conferencia que, aunque discontinuas, mantienen el estilo ameno de Hawkings. Resulta que este libro no fue, técnicamente, escrito por él, así que de ahí se explica la falta de cohesión que se hace evidente en las últimas partes.
Neslihan  Damiani
I read this book to understand Hawking's position on atheism and found myself immersed in theories of his. I am not a "science person" so I appreciated that the language was simplified for people like me to understand. It was also exciting to read scripts of his actual lectures.
Andrew Obrigewitsch
Pretty similar to the other book I read by him, but good.
M. A. Rullo
I did thoroughly enjoy this little book. At the end, I only wish it were a little longer. I do not believe that the content needed to be so overtly simplified such as it was. I am not a mathematician, nor am I a physicist; but I am capable of understanding the content a little more than I feel I was given credit for. This book seems to be written for a reader that has very little previous understanding of the content, which I felt was strange because this doesn't seem to be the subject material ...more
David
A brief explanation of 7 lectures:

1st Lecture: Ideas About the Universe
2nd Lecture: The Expanding Universe
3rd Lecture: Black Holes
4th Lecture: Black Holes Ain't So Black
5th Lecture: The Origin and Fate Of The...[Universe]
6th Lecture: The Direction of Time
7th Lecture: The Theory Of Everything

"...I started to think about black holes as I was getting into bad. My disability made this rather a slow process, so I had plenty of time." Haha
Lals Barba
Unless scientists find an unified theory that explains the universe, it might seems that our existence is merely a coincidence, other than God had something to do with it.
Shaan Abbasi
It has managed to break the mould of thoughts and trail of this worldly choir. And has forced to think beyond the boundaries.
Some of the questions are still unanswered, but the quest to explore more and logically track the phenomenon observed in our surrounding are some of the things that beautify this book.
This book consist of 7 lectures from Stephen Hawkings opening with "Idea of The Universe ".
It lays stress to the thoughts how thoughts of celestial objects evolved. Followed by "The Expanding
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Karen
Un libro deliciosamente cómodo para los que, como yo, no tienen una mente científica. Bien dicen que hay que ser un genio para conocer profundamente un tema y ser capaz de explicarlo en términos sencillos. Te hace cuestionarte el mundo, lo cuál siempre es fantástico. Excelente, por su brevedad, para leer de un tirón.
Manoj Chalode
Being a fan of astronomy/astrophysics, universe has always been one of my favourite topics. I would like to recommend this book to all the beginners who are willing to explore the wonders of universe. This book takes you right to the beginning where our knowledge of universe was in primitive phase. It explains all the important milestones & inventions which changed our understanding of how universe works. Apart from introducing the most strange & bizarre things that govern the universe, ...more
Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
Had my physics teacher taught me like this,it would have been my favorite subject. Alas.! My physics teacher is not Stephen Hawking nor am I especially interested in physics. But this is a book that can be read and understood by people with science background in high school level and a basic curiosity to know things. Few of the jargons,and the author employs it rarely,was a bit difficult to understand but that could be understood by googling. It was a really interesting read,opened many frontier ...more
Yasser Yahia
The amount of amusement I had while reading this book is beyond anything. In a simple way Stephen Hawking was able to put some huge and complex theories into simple text where anyone can understand and this in my opinion is the main key to why he is a real genius.
The book is mainly about discussing the universe in general so you will expect while reading it to move from the theories about the beginning of the universe, passing by some of the weird events like the black holes and ending with the
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Juju
Fuck You, Stephen Hawking
Sergio Flores Niklitschek
No sé cómo Stephen Hawking puede escribir cosas tan esplendorosas. El nivel de abstracción que tiene es superlativo y los simples mortales nos debemos conformar con imaginarnos que imaginamos algo parecido a lo que él y sus secuaces son capaces de teorizar. Son teorías que explican bastante, pero que son muy difíciles de entender, a menos que se tenga una formación muy especializada en eso.
Stephen Hopkins demuestra en este libro que tiene bien merecido su sitial como hermano de Anthony Hopkins.
Kashish
A great read if you have interest in Cosmology, Black Holes and/or Relativity.

The best thing about the book is the language used by Dr. Hawking. The language is simple, witty and understandable even if you're not a scientist, but even then though you need to have some prerequisite knowledge of physics.

Dr. Hawking has taken some of the complex topics of physics and explained them very easily. Although I understood most of it, give or take, it may still need a read or two more to fully grasp what
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Andy
A highly interesting read. It took me back to the mindset I had when I was about 7 or 8 and still very curious about the nature of the universe. Our friend Stephen lost me a bit when he went into the concept of imaginary time and it's implications on our understanding of the workings of the universe, but I have to give him credit. I'm sure he resisted the urge throughout the book to get more technical than he did. I also wonder how this book would read if rewritten a century or two from now.
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