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

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Stephen W. Hawking is widely believed to be one of the world's greatest minds: a brilliant theoretical physicist whose work helped to recofigure models of the universe and to redefine what's in it. Imagine sitting in a room listening to Hawking discuss these achievements and place them in historical context. It would be like hearing Christopher Columbus tell of his journey ...more
Published October 1st 2003 by New Millennium (GB) (first published 2002)
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Rakhi Dalal
Nov 19, 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
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
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
María  Sanz
Jan 24, 2017 María Sanz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro muy interesante, contiene 6 conferencias impartidas por Stephen Hawking en 1996, sobre el universo, su origen, los agujeros negros y la última de todas la que da título al libro, la famosa teoría unificadora que llevan años buscando los físicos y que no terminan de encontrar.

Soy muy fan de este hombre, no sólo tiene una mente prodigiosa, sino que también tiene la capacidad de transmitir conceptos muy complejos de forma que cualquiera pueda entenderlos y esa es una capacidad que muy poc
Aug 30, 2015 Luisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
May 27, 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
BAM The Bibliomaniac
Audiobook was not the smart choice for this for me. I'm not an auditory learner and didn't take this into account. So I don't think I retained any of this information. However, while I listened I was completely enthralled. He really does a great job of simplifying deluxe principles. Thermodynamics seem to be the focus here.
Mohamed al-Jamri
Mar 14, 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
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
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 "!".
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.
Učitaj se!
Jan 12, 2017 Učitaj se! rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished, favorites
Serija od 7 predavanja fascinantnog znanstvenika Stephena Hawkinga pisana je na način da bude razumljiva svima, a ne samo usko specijaliziranim fizičarima :) Hawkingova predavanja pokrivaju cjelokupnu teoriju nastanka svemira, od teorije Velikog praska do teorije struna. Meni osobno ova je knjiga fascinantan izvor znanja i činjenica, ali ako niste baš uopće upućeni u osnove kvantne mehanike, zakona termodinamike, gravitacije i opće relativnosti, predlažem da prije čitanja ponovite gradivo, inače ...more
Lakpa Tashi Bhutia
Typically this book is for people who is inclined towards science(Physics in particular). But if want to read, you can go on your own. Most of the non-science people will not find this book pleasing. But author tries his best to make this book for everyone. By keeping mathematical equations away.
Pablo Fernández
Magnífico libro para los no iniciados.
أميرة هاني
Aug 28, 2015 أميرة هاني rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: popscience
Pleasantly accessible, for the most part.
Pablo Palet Araneda
Jan 16, 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
Damian Reyes
Jun 12, 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
Ayça Baran
Jan 08, 2017 Ayça Baran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hawking'in en sevdiğim özelliklerinden birisi kendi kusurlarını kabul etmesi. "Bu konuda şöyle düşündüm ama bir öğrencim böyle bir fikir öne atınca yanıldığımı anladim" gibi cümleleri son derece normal bir şekilde görmesi ve bunları bizim akademisyenlerimizin aksine bilimin doğru gidişi için kullanabilmesi.
Larissa Fauber
Jan 26, 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
Angela Joves
Jul 07, 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
Mar 27, 2017 Leslie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No pude entender todo lo que leí, pero lo que pude entender me dejó totalmente boquiabierta y con una sensación de inferioridad que angustia y reconforta a la vez. Este es de esos libros que te dejan con hambre de saber más, de leer más....y es así que entre más intentas comprender el universo, mas maravillado quedas con la belleza de la física, la astrofísica y las matemáticas (jamás pensé que diría esto XD)
Nov 28, 2015 Nicola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, science
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.
Divya Dutt
Oct 18, 2016 Divya Dutt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The whole quest of Physics has been explained beautifully by Mr. Hawking. Why does the Universe exist anyway ? For then we would know the mind of GOD .
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.
Marek Tomalski
Mar 25, 2017 Marek Tomalski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1/ Dlaczego czarne dziury są czarne? Bo czarne wyszczupla...
2/ Poruszanie się z prędkością światła jest możliwe ale nie wskazane bo zwiewa czapkę.
May 15, 2017 Maryam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
این کتاب شامل هفت سخنرانی استفن هاوکینگ است
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

Feb 26, 2017 Bassmh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um. So I'm not a physicist. But I got interested in knowing the basics of physics that's related to our and the universe's existence.

In this book Stephen presents some of his lectures. And aside from them being a pure scientific material , yet I enjoyed reading them for many reasons.
1. He has a good sense of humor
2. The lectures were scientific but not so technical.
3. His lecture about black holes was - for me - a metaphor of life.

Yes I didn't understand 100% of the physics he is presenting
Swati Priyadarsini
Dec 27, 2015 Swati Priyadarsini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Saša Romić
Dec 20, 2016 Saša Romić rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: math-science
Sve pohvale autoru na trudu jer je pokušao na što jednostavniji način objasniti ljudsku percepciju svemira od samih znanstvenih početaka do danas. Čak štoviše, iznio je i nekoliko prijedloga o kretanju znanosti u budućnosti. Knjiga je podijeljena na sedam poglavlja, odnosno sedam Hawkingovih predavanja o svemiru. U prvom poglavlju Ideje o svemiru Hawking prati kako su se mijenjali pogledi na svijet kroz godine, počevši od Aristotelovih tvrdnji iz knjige O nebesima u kojoj iznosi dokaze kako je Z ...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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