Stephen Hawking's 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 acclaimed first book.
The Universe in a Nutshell Quantum mechanics
One of the most influential thinkers of our time, Stephen Hawking is an
intellectual icon, known not only for the adventurousness of his ideas but for
the clarity and wit with which he expresses them. In this new book Hawking takes
us to the cutting edge of theoretical physics, where truth is often stranger
than fiction, to explain in laymen's terms the principles that control our
Like many in the community of theoretical physicists, Professor Hawking is
seeking to uncover the grail of science the elusive Theory of Everything
that lies at the heart of the cosmos. In his accessible and often playful style,
he guides us on his search to uncover the secrets of the universe from
supergravity to supersymmetry, from quantum theory to M-theory, from holography
He takes us to the wild frontiers of science, where superstring theory and p-branes
may hold the final clue to the puzzle. And he lets us behind the scenes of one
of his most exciting intellectual adventures as he seeks "to combine
Einstein's General Theory of Relativity and Richard Feynman's idea of
multiple histories into one complete unified theory that will describe
everything that happens in the universe."
With characteristic exuberance, Professor Hawking invites us to be fellow
travelers on this extraordinary voyage through space-time. Copious four-color
illustrations help clarify this journey into a surreal wonderland where
particles, sheets, and strings move in eleven dimensions; where black holes
evaporate and disappear, taking their secret with them; and where the original
cosmic seed from which our own universe sprang was a tiny nut.
The Universe in a Nutshell is essential reading for all of us who want to
understand the universe in which we live. Like its companion volume, A Brief
History of Time, it conveys the excitement felt within the scientific
community as the secrets of the cosmos reveal themselves.
St Louis Post-Dispatch
Clear, concise and accessible. And he leavens it further with occasional wry
Provocative and informed ... plenty of comprehensible analogies and no small
amount of humor, often self-deprecating.... Best of all, the book is liberally
sprinkled with well-conceived, gorgeously rendered and frequently whimsical
Amazon.com's Best of 2001
Hawking offers genuinely accessible
context for such complexities as string theory and the nature of time, it's when
he must translate equations to sentences that the limits of language get in the
way. But Hawking has simplified the origin of the universe, the nature of space
and time, and what holds it all together to an unprecedented degree, inviting
nonscientists to share his obvious awe and love of the unseen forces that shape
Yes, it's difficult reading, but it's worth it.
Stumped by Hawking's famed A Brief History of Time? Then try this new book, which has lots of illustrations.
Recent Reader Reviews
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by Soundariya The Universe in a Nutshell Very good.
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by Matthew Schneider Amazing As the quote says on page 99, “I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself a king of infinite space" Stephen with out a doubt takes the cake for being a "King" of the universe. This book really makes you think of how much utter power the... Read More
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by anonymous Extremely interesting read I was a bit skeptical at first of Stephen's work, but after reading this book, I became extremely interested in almost all of the topics brought up. This book combines physics, philosophy, and chemistry perfectly, along with a nice sense of humour... Read More
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This book gives a concise and reasonable look into the world of theoretical physics and history.
To imagine Einstein as anything less than one of the Greatest thinkers of all time is akin to insanity.
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I waited months for the book to be delivered to my doorstep. And it was more than worth it!
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The book belongs to pseudo-science.
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