The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen William Hawking

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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
• M-theory
• General relativity
• 11-dimensional supergravity
• 10-dimensional membranes
• Superstrings
• P-branes
• Black holes

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 universe.

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 to duality.

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.
 

About Stephen William Hawking

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Stephen Hawking is Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge; his other books for the general reader include the essay collection Black Holes and Baby Universes and The Universe in a Nutshell.
 
Published November 6, 2001 by Bantam. 224 pages
Genres: Science & Math, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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String theory - usually glossed as representing the fundamental physical entity as a minute vibrating loop of some ineffable stuff, with different modes of vibration manifesting as the particles and forces of more familiar physics - remains the best bet for the ultimate theory.

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As many discovered in 1988, when superstar physicist Stephen Hawking published his first book, A Brief History Of Time, it's difficult to...

Mar 29 2002 | Read Full Review of The Universe in a Nutshell

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As many discovered in 1988, when superstar physicist Stephen Hawking published his first book, A Brief History Of Time, it's difficult to comment critically on abstract genius without looking like a concrete idiot.

Mar 29 2002 | Read Full Review of The Universe in a Nutshell

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Like James Tobin and Carl Zimmer, Stephen Hawking makes us forget how arcane these topics seem without such good explainers.Michael Sims' next book will be Adam's Navel: A Natural and Cultural History of the Human Body, from Viking.

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