The Theory of Everything: The Origin and Fate of the Universe
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With a title inspired as much by Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker series as Einstein, The Theory of Everything delivers almost as much as it promises. Transcribed from Stephen Hawking's Cambridge Lectures, the slim volume may not present a single theory unifying gravity with the other fundamental forces, but it does carefully explain the state of late 20th-century physics with th...more
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Published September 1st 2005 by Phoenix Books (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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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 that...more
Kane S.
Among these unauthorized essays, Hawking addresses something that, in any serious reasonable sense, is beyond the means of our species; a literal grasp of, essentially, everything.
Some aspects of this book had me scratching my head, particularly where it concerns the issue of "order" and "disorder" in scientific terms. Many processes are classified as examples of a natural tendency toward disorder, to such a degree that this makes me wonder to the general validity of this concept. One thing t...more
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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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...more
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...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....more
Andrew O
Pretty similar to the other book I read by him, but good.
Jocelyn
Apr 27, 2013 Jocelyn marked it as adding-to-my-shelf-just-cause  ·  review of another edition
Bwahaha. Believe it or not, I actually tried to read this (in 7th grade I think). I could glean a few things here and there, but most of it went straight over my head.

Not that it's surprising. And I thought I was a nerd.

Still, I have a marginal interest in astronomy, and if I ever have the chance to explore that interest I probably ought to return to this and see if I can actually comprehend this stuff.

Most likely I won't, though.
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...more
Pablo Palet Araneda
Jan 17, 2014 Pablo Palet Araneda rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Juju
Fuck You, Stephen Hawking
John Martindale
Its almost like Stephen Hawking was giving these lectures to middle school students, he dumbed it all down as much as possible, and I am glad about this, for I felt I was able to follow along with him for the most part. I was quite lost while listening to the audiobook "Briefer history of time." If I recall right, it seems Hawking covers much of the same material in a theory of everything, but its even briefer and more simplified.

Unlike Hawking's latest book "The Grand Design", in this one he le...more
Mina Villalobos
This is a beautiful, thought-provoking, inspiring book. I can't stress enough how beautiful I found it, from the care and dedication put into the explanations of such complex things as quantum mechanics, to the amazing possibilities and respect for what we don't know *yet* and the giants whose shoulders we're riding on as a civilization. To understand the universe a bit better and even for a second to ask ourselves 'Where to, now? what now? How could this came to be?' and for a moment to *truly*...more
Emily
Stephen Hawking is a genius. I certainly am not. While many things went over my head in this lecture compilation, I was still able to enjoy thinking about how giant the universe is, how INSANE space is and how we all (specifically scientists) know basically nothing about anything still.

Sometimes, Hawking said some really scary things. Like, "our galaxy is only one of some hundred thousand million that can be seen...each galaxy itself contains some hundred thousand million stars...our sun is just...more
TheMadHatter
Actual rating: 3.5

I found the book a really interesting read and given the complexity of the material he is discussing I think it is written in a very easy to understand, simplified manner (as popular science should be). I am a strong believer that science should be for the masses and the idea that a grand unified theory could provide this is definitely intriguing. My biggest issue with this book though is Hawking himself. There are a few snipes in his lectures at other scientists that I think a...more
Venkat
initially it was like holding hawking's hand and being walked by him as he explains the concepts associated with black holes and space but at one point i found hawking abandon me and i was lost. hawking cannot make the book any simpler yet i don't think it is for people from varied disciplines. concepts like naked singularity seems daunting to me i am not able to comprehend the essence of it. probably this book could have been made voluminous explaining these concepts at the very fundamental lev...more
James
Let me begin with the disclaimer that I got lost through probably 25% of this book; I'm just a little behind on the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics...

That said, I really enjoyed this series of seven lectures on the origin of the universe and some theorizing and what may be the ultimate outcome. At a minimum, I did come away with a much better understanding of the Big Bang, the make up of stars, and black holes. What I wasn't expecting to get was another "ah hah" moment as Dr. Hawking...more
Anita
This book is 6 lectures by Stephen Hawking, read by him--his electronic voice. I could hold on and understand the 1st one, but by the end I was really struggling with imaginary time, string theory, and quantum mechanics. I did learn a lot, but I only have scratched the surface. I do know now that black holes are not black, the second law of thermodynamics, and can understand that the universe is finite with no boundaries. Hawking has a way of explaining some difficult concepts with analogies tha...more
Tara
Stephen Hawking does a good job of explaining the evolution of scientific thinking revolving around the cosmos in general and black holes in particularly. He starts out describing not only the different theories throughout history on the stars and what they are but also how those lines of thinking came into existence. As he moves forward in historical time he starts to interject with his own findings and how his thinking has even changed over time with new findings and fresh points of view broug...more
Bryce Holt
For us lay science/space/physics fanatics, this book is told in a humble enough fashion that it truly does achieve what Hawking set out to do in the first place: Take scientific theories and make them approachable to the masses. He doesn't talk down to us...he doesn't pander and make it on the level of a pop-up book (well, perhaps he does coming from the greatest scientific mind of our time, but it reads like a college text rather than child's play).

Still, he allows us to absorb the cosmos with...more
Biblioworm
Эта книга представляет из себя недоработаный текст Кратчайшей истории времени, но в сопровождении отступлений которые мало что дают.
В конце книги есть любопытное интервью автора радиостанции, но это интервью есть и в книге Черные дыры и молодые вселенные, где также есть немного мемуаров автора, так что если интересует личность автора, лучше прочитать Черные дыры или молодые вселенные.
Chanakya
a non-mathematical, condensed version of 'A Brief History of Time'. if you're really interested in the topic I would recommend that book over this one. as is evident in this book, Hawking has gift in making complicated concepts seem approachable, might as well gather a deeper understanding of concepts from it rather than glaze over things. this book, however, does make for a good means to brush up on the topic.
Luis Soria
Recopilación de conferencias del señor Hawking de los años 90. Leer este libro es querer que tus conceptos básicos de tiempo, espacio, Universo, conciencia, realidad y materia se tambaleen. Pese a todo, aunque es un libro de divulgación, a veces cae en tecnicismos con los que hay que estar un poco familiarizado para poder seguir el hilo del texto (aunque cualquier concepto demasiado complicado se explica de forma sencilla y práctica). Las 7 conferencias abordan temas específicos (agujeros negros...more
Chelsea
I liked this book a lot. It made a lot of physics concepts reasonably digestible and understandable for someone who has a basic understanding and it was pretty brief. Sometimes the brevity seemed to sacrifice a little more clarity and detail than I would have liked, especially the lectures on the introduction to string theory, but overall I liked the way that the book explained things and made it possible to picture them in my head. I like Hawking’s way of writing. I’ve read a few works of his n...more
Ashfaq
After reading A Brief History of Time, was a bit disappointed to find the same text, line by line in this book, while 'A Brief History of Time' is a great and elaborate book, this one is a summarised version of it. So if you aren't much into details read this book else go for 'A Brief History of Time'
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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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