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The Theory of Everything: The Origin and Fate of the Universe | [Stephen W. Hawking]

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

Hawking takes us on a fascinating journey through the telescopic lens of modern physics to gain a new glimpse of the universe--the nature of black holes, the space-time continuum, and new information about the origin of the universe. He uses this scientific basis to come up with a "unified theory of everything" that the author claims will be "the ultimate triumph of human reason."
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Publisher's Summary

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, Hawking presents an even more comprehensive look at our universe, its creation, and how we see ourselves within it. Imagine sitting in a comfortable room listening to Hawking discuss his latest theories and place them in historical context with science's other great achievements--it would be like hearing Christopher Columbus deliver the news about the new world.

Hawking presents a series of seven lectures in which he describes, more clearly than ever, the history of the universe as we know it. He begins with the history of ideas about the universe, from Aristotle's idea that the Earth is round to Hubble's discovery two millennium later that our universe is growing.

Using this history as a launching pad, Hawking takes us on a fascinating journey through the telescopic lens of modern physics to gain a new glimpse of the universe--the nature of black holes, the space-time continuum, and new information about the origin of the universe. He uses this scientific basis to come up with a "unified theory of everything" that the author claims will be "the ultimate triumph of human reason."

©2007 Stephen Hawking; (P)2009 Phoenix

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    D. ABIGT Leander, TX United States 08-28-10
    D. ABIGT Leander, TX United States 08-28-10 Member Since 2006

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    "Too simplistic for most people."

    He does not even get to String theory till the last 30 minutes and never gets to M-theory. If you have even a rough idea of what String theory is this book is too simple for you. You will be happier listening to " Parallel Worlds"

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ahmedinejad Bloomington, MN, United States 10-29-14
    Ahmedinejad Bloomington, MN, United States 10-29-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Dr. Chair delivers!"

    Who doesn't want to know everything? I can tell you who does: myself and Stephen Hawking. Dr. Chair delivers another brief, accessible (wheelchair accessible as well)and exciting look into the universe at the smallest scale. If you're a fan of physics, you should have already read this.

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    Michael Canberra, Australia 11-26-12
    Michael Canberra, Australia 11-26-12
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    "Excellent book and narration, though out of date"

    This book was an excellent collection of lectures at the time it was written, but major new discoveries since then have changed the state of knowledge. Of specific importance, it was not known at that time that the universe's expansion is actually accelerating. This discovery of this unknown expansionary force (labelled "Dark Energy") has changed much of the cosmological landscape Hawking discusses in this book.

    It is still interesting as an historical viewpoint, but could be improved by having some recognition that it is out of date in the description or added as an afterword.

    The reading is truly excellent. A very lively and textured narration that really brings to life Hawking's personality.

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    Thomas Plano, TX, United States 10-11-12
    Thomas Plano, TX, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Stephen Hawking - what more is there to say?"
    Any additional comments?

    Being a studying theoretical physicist, I can respect Hawking's views greatly. In here, he does his best to summarize the Universe, and does so with flying colors, and in vivid detail. I would certainly recommend this audiobook to anyone who wants to discover the Universe and how it came to be. Hawking does so beautifully.

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    David 08-21-12
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    Where does The Theory of Everything rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved this book. A fascinating look into the theory. A true masterpiece


    What other book might you compare The Theory of Everything to and why?


    What does Michael York bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 02-14-10
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 02-14-10 Member Since 2002

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "A bit jumpy..."

    This was an interesting but not very good book. The book is not really about anything in particular. It was quite interesting about once every 20 minutes for a few minutes. It is really several lectures very roughly related, one of which is directly related to the title. The lectures don't quite seem to be at an introductory level, as they are jumpy and without simple themes, yet they are also not very technical. It is not really a history either. It is a bit of a ramble around the areas that interest the author. The writing is somewhat dry and uneven and a bit pompous at times.

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    Daniel Miami, FL, United States 03-21-13
    Daniel Miami, FL, United States 03-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Me, Me, Me & More Me"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Reads like "A Theory of Narcissism." No wonder Steven Hawking is twice divorced...


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    Good Technical Information


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    Nice Narration


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    "Brilliant!"

    There is a lot to know in the unknown. Now I know I know even less than before.

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