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The Universe in a Nutshell

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  32,837 ratings  ·  915 reviews
Stephen Hawkings phenomenal, multimillion-copy bestseller, A Brief History of Time, introduced the ideas of this brilliant theoretical physicist to readers all over the world.

Now, in a major publishing event, Hawking returns with a lavishly illustrated sequel that unravels the mysteries of the major breakthroughs that have occurred in the years since the release of his
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published November 6th 2001 by Bantam
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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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Marty Hirst
Jan 10, 2013 rated it liked it
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".
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Universe in a Nutshell, Stephen Hawking
The Universe in a Nutshell is a 2001 book about theoretical physics by Stephen Hawking. It is generally considered a sequel and was created to update the public concerning developments since the multi-million-copy bestseller A Brief History of Time published in 1988. In it Hawking explains to a general audience various matters relating to the Lucasian professor's work, such as Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem and P-branes (part of superstring theory in
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
Kelly Enck
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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,
Paul O'Neill
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Im not going to pretend that I understood most of it but he does raise a few thought-provoking points about the future of the human race. Plus its very well written. ...more
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I expected the Hawking's electronic voice for narrating the audiobook. Though it might sound silly, I'm more fond of his unique voice.

After his international bestseller, A Brief History of Time in 80s, he wanted to propagandize the current frontier we're encountering but this time in a more brief way. The First two chapters serve as a prerequisite for proper understanding. Short but very well explained introductory concepts of Einstein-Relativity stuffs; Maybe because i used to
Jul 03, 2008 rated it it was ok
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.
Sam Brannigan
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The universe in a bookshell Tehe ;)

*heavy sigh*
Mike Ogilvie
May 27, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Ivan Vuković
Oct 30, 2012 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
Amirtha Shri
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Subhani A. Hussein
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physics
Discusses the pillars of the universe.
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: astrophysics
About Time Travel
What really sparked my interest in time travel, was the ascension of The Prophet Mohammad, this makes him the first person to have traveled in time through a black hole. The description of a black hole being mentioned explicitly in a Chapter of Qur'an known as Surah Najam
When the stars are extinguished. (Qur'an, 77:8)
[I swear] by Heaven and the Tariq! And what will convey to you what the Tariq is? The Star Piercing [the darkness]! (Qur'an, 86:1-3)
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Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
We all owe a sacred debt to Stephen Hawking for his theories and contributions to physics. Approaching this book with a mild understanding of basic physics, I simply exhausted myself in his space-time, extra dimensions "Nutshell". The amount of energy it took to comprehend a fraction of what I read left me in a swirling vacuum fluctuation.

It is an honor to have read Professor Hawking's book. I will tentatively rate three stars simply because the subject matter as presented was mind-numbing,
Abbass  Maanna
Nov 16, 2014 rated it liked it
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
May 18, 2009 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 ...more
Menglong Youk
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.25/5 stars

This is the seventh Stephen Hawking's book I've read so far, and I have to confess that the last half of the materials in "The Universe in a Nutshell" are pretty difficult to wrap my brain around since most of the topics are about the frontiers of theoretical physics and cosmology.

However, I enjoyed reading the first half of the book (where I can understand). I wouldn't dare to be the first to make that joke, but Professor Hawking joked that although he held Isaac Newton's chair as
Vinicius Carvalho
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
My rating is based on how genius SH is and the innovative and complicated theories he is up to explain to a lay audience. But definitely my choice of media was not wise as getting this information via an audiobook brought my comprehension to less than 50%. If I have the chance to read the illustrated version of the book, I expect to increase my chances of absorbing such fantastic but complicated concepts.
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's natural for our minds to wonder beyond the narrow confines of what's known, hence why not take that chance and adhere to your curious streak?!

This illuminating and enlightening book takes one on the most thrilling venture through space and time, wherein extraordinary marvels lie in wait. The true genius of Stephen Hawking is something that cannot fail to surprise, as this book is filled with pages of diagrams and fantastically detailed images. The complexities, excentricities and ideas of
Mohamed al-Jamri
Feb 21, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Mohamedridha Alaskari محمد رضا العسكري
Simply, I love the way of Stephen Hawking in explaining his beliefs and knowledge, I think he's the most smartest man living on earth right now.

In every chapter of his books he's showing us a great review about the universe.

In this book I was surprised that he can easly explains how biology works as well.

My next book written by his is A briefier History of Time
Julia Reim
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a very compact version of the physics that surround our universe. Understandable for everyone and highly interesting. I would totally recommend it
Sep 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Concise overview of the structure of the Universe. But unless you have certain knowledge in Astronomy, you hardly understand this book fully.
Jun 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
the universe for dummies, 'nuff said
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book is an attempt to explain the nature of the universe using (mainly) String theory. Hawking is making assumptions along the way while discussing problems of quantum gravity, quantum physics and Einsteins general relativity.
Starting with superstring theory, P-Branes theory and arbitrary time, Hawkins conclude that our universe holds many hidden dimensions impossible for us to observe. The future of computers and genetic engineering could bring us closer to unified theory of everything or
Robert Cox
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it
As I renew my quest to dominate the world of casual physics, I am again met with the intellectually formidable presence of Stephen Hawkings.

This actually has to be my least favorite of the Hawkings authored physics lite book, its lacks the accessibility that the other books inexorably maintained. My Astronomy 101 class (as always) proved integral to my understanding of the mysteries of the universe.

I do however respect that Hawking appears to be the dude that can write about science without
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
While you do need to remember more than a bit of your college's general physics to follow all this book has to offer, you can't find a better book that gives a better concise account of what our universe is, how it works, where it will possibly end up and some of the mystery's still remain in the realm of science.

Stephen Hawking (RIP) offers a very understandable read here for those who are curious but lack the strong scientific muscle to understand everything. And that is my review in a
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I feel kinda bad critiqueing Stephen Hawking, but this book felt like a mess. The ideas weren't really properly explained, it was mostly just: "Oh, me and Penrose, we proved that..." and he just tells us what they proved but there is no story behind the ideas, nothing feels personal or enthusiastic, whatever. It also makes it harder to read because that's boring. Also I feel like he wanted to explain too much too fast so the book doesn't feel unified. The illustrations are amazing tho.
Brice Karickhoff
Mar 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Read on the plane to Europe because I thought it would be serendipitous or something to read such a celestial book while flying over the Atlantic at night. Despite Hawkings efforts, this book was not particularly digestible or friendly to the average reader. Its not his fault that the concepts he explained were baffling, but I found this book more esoteric than A Brief History of Time even though he was attempting to accomplish the opposite.

The latter half of the book focused on more recent
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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. ...more

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