The Universe in A Nutshell

The Universe in A Nutshell

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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.

Baker & Taylor
In a sequel to the best-selling A Brief History of Time, the master physicist explores recent scientific breakthroughs in the fields of supergravity, supersymmetry, quantum theory, superstring theory and p-branes, and more as he searches for the Theory of Everything that lies at the heart of the cosmos. Reissue.

Baker
& Taylor

The author explores recent scientific breakthroughs in the fields of supergravity, supersymmetry, quantum theory, superstring theory, and p-branes as he searches for the Theory of Everything that lies at the heart of the cosmos.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2001
ISBN: 9780553802023
055380202X
Branch Call Number: 530.12 HAW
Characteristics: viii, 216 p. ; ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm

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AL_SARAHD Jan 06, 2017

While I understand the irony of saying this, I'll just go ahead and say, this is an accessible intro to Quantum Physics. Seriously! If you are a visual learner, you will appreciate all of the diagrams. If you are a dreamer, you will appreciate the broad thoughts you will be introduced to. If you are a human, you will enjoy learning more about the world you think you know.

I cannot suggest this book more.

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josh_2001
Jun 09, 2014

Stephen Hawking is a genius who can describe some of the most complicated concepts in the universe in a easy to understand way. After reading this book I have a newfound respect for science and wish to read more of this mans books.

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HAF
Aug 13, 2010

An excellent book, Stephen Hawking is simply amazing........

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panhan
Oct 25, 2007

Great Book

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