In 1963, Stephen Hawking contracted motor neurone disease and was given two years to live. Yet he went on to Cambridge to become a brilliant researcher and Professorial Fellow at Gonville and Caius College. Since 1979 he has held the post of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge, the chair held by Isaac Newton in 1663.
Professor Hawking has over a dozen honorary degrees, was awarded the CBE in 1982. He is a fellow of the Royal Society and a Member of the US National Academy of Science.
Published over 20 years ago this book is still a best seller, bringing complicated science to the masses. Gravity, black holes, the Big Bang - all kinds of topics are covered in a way that helps the less scientifically gifted among us get some way to grasping these concepts. Fascinating stuff. A "Piece of Passion" from the publisher... ‘Steven Hawking is responsible for enthusing millions worldwide and on an unprecedented scale with the world of science. His A Brief History of Time has broken all records for a bestselling science book and its sheer brilliance continues to stimulate and inspire the thousands of people curious about the origins of the universe’. Sally Gaminara, Publishing Director at Transworld
Steven Hawking's book a Brief History of Time looked to bring the concepts of black holes, worm holes and quantum physics out of academia and into everyday converastions. While it was a landmark in scientific publishing some of the book was still pretty hard to grasp. So Mr Hawkings has reviewed the book and made it 'briefer' and it is now a fantastic guide for non scientist to the fundamentals of space and time.
"e;In diesem Band sind Arbeiten gesammelt, die ich zwischen 1976 und 1992 geschrieben habe - autobiographische Skizzen, wissenschaftsphilosophische Uberlegungen und Versuche zu erklaren, warum mich die Physik und das Universum so faszinieren. (...)Da diese Arbeiten ber einen Zeitraum von sechzehn Jahren entstanden, geben sie den jeweiligen Stand meines Wissens wieder, das sich, wie ich hoffe, im Laufe der Jahre erweitert hat. Ich nenne deshalb die Daten und die Anlsse, fr die die Texte geschrieben wurden. Da jeder als in sich abgeschlossene Einheit konzipiert war, kommt es unweigerlich zu einem gewissen Ma an Wiederholungen. Ganz ist mir der Versuch, sie zu beseitigen, nicht gelungen. (Die wissenschaftlichen Artikel in diesem Buch sind in der berzeugung geschrieben worden, da das Universum von einer Ordnung bestimmt wird, die wir heute nur teilweise erkennen, die wir aber in einer nicht allzu fernen Zukunft mglicherweise vollstndig verstehen werden. Es mag sein, da diese Hoffnung ein Luftschlo ist; vielleicht gibt es keine endgltige Theorie, und selbst wenn, so bleibt sie uns unter Umstnden verschlossen. Aber es ist auf jeden Fall besser, nach umfassendem Verstndnis zu streben, als am menschlichen Geist zu verzweifeln."e;Stephen Hawking31. Mrz 1993
'His clarity, wit and determination are evident, his understand and good humour moving' New Scientist My Brief History recounts Stephen Hawking's improbable journey, from his post-war London boyhood to his years of international acclaim and celebrity. Lavishly illustrated with rarely seen photographs, this concise, witty and candid account introduces readers to a Hawking rarely glimpsed in previous books: the inquisitive schoolboy whose classmates nicknamed him `Einstein'; the jokester who once placed a bet with a colleague over the existence of a black hole; and the young husband and father struggling to gain a foothold in the world of academia. Writing with characteristic humility and humour, Hawking opens up about the challenges that confronted him following his diagnosis of motor neurone disease aged twenty-one. Tracing his development as a thinker, he explains how the prospect of an early death urged him onwards through numerous intellectual breakthroughs, and talks about the genesis of his masterpiece A Brief History of Time - one of the iconic books of the twentieth century. Clear-eyed, intimate and wise, My Brief History opens a window for the rest of us into Hawking's personal cosmos. 'Read it for the personal nuggets . . . but above all, it's worth reading for its message of hope' Mail on Sunday
Citatelje diljem svijeta Stephen Hawking ocarao je nizom bestselera u kojima istrazuje tajne svemira. Sad se prvi put vjerojatno najgenijalniji kozmolog naseg vremena okrenuo vlastitoj unutrasnjosti, otkrivajuci nam svoj zivot i intelektualnu evoluciju.Moja kratka povijestgovori o nevjerojatnom putovanju Stephena Hawkinga, od poslijeratnog djetinjstva u Londonu do razdoblja u kojem je postigao meA unarodna priznanja i slavu. Ilustriran rijetko viA enim fotografijama, ovaj saA et, duhovit i otvoren prikaz A itateljima predstavlja znatiA eljnog A kolarca kojega su razredni kolege prozvali Einsteinom, A aljivca koji se s kolegom kladio postoje li crne rupe te mladoga supruga i oca koji je nastojao pronaA i svoje mjesto u akademskom svijetu.PiA uA i skromno i duhovito, Hawking otvoreno govori o izazovima s kojima se suoA io kad mu je u dvadeset prvoj godini dijagnosticirana amiotrofiA na lateralna skleroza (ALS). OpisujuA i svoj misaoni razvoj, objaA njava kako ga je moguA nost rane smrti poticala na brojna intelektualna postignuA a te govori o nastanku svoga majstorskog djela,Kratke povijesti vremena,jedne od najvaA nijih knjiga 20. stoljeA a.OA troumna, intimna i mudra,Moja kratka povijestotvara nam prozor u Hawkingov osobni kozmos.
Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of George and the Blue Moon by Lucy and Stephen Hawking, read by Sophie Aldred and Roy McMillan. George and his best friend, Annie have been selected as junior astronauts - part of a programme that trains up young people for a trip to Mars in the future. This is everything they've ever wanted - they get to be a part of up-to-the minute space discoveries and meet a bunch of new friends who are as fascinated by the universe as they are.But when they arrive at space camp, George and Annie quickly learn that strange things are happening - on Earth as well as up in our skies. Mysterious space missions are happening in secret, and the astronaut training they're undertaking gets scarier and scarier . . .The fifth adventure in this series by Lucy and Stephen Hawking - also containing up-to-the-minute scientific facts and information by the world's leading scientists.
Das Geheimnis der Schwarzen LocherSie sind eines der grten Rtsel im Universum: Schwarze Lcher, kollabierte Sterne, deren Anziehungskraft so gro ist, dass sie alles in sich hineinziehen, was in ihren Einflussbereich gelangt. Stephen Hawking hat sich ein Leben lang mit ihnen beschftigt. Denn sie sind eine Existenzfrage. Wenn an ihnen sogar Raum und Zeit enden und niemand sagen kann, was aus all dem wird, was sie verschlucken - was ist dann noch sicher, welche unserer Naturgesetze gelten dann noch? Oder geben sie am Ende doch wieder etwas her?In diesen kurzen Lektionen, im Rahmen der renommierten Reith Lectures von BBC Radio 4 vorgetragen, zieht der berhmteste Physiker der Welt eine kurze Bilanz seiner Beschftigung mit den Schwarzen Lchern, die Bilanz eines Lebenswerkes.
Stephen Hawking ist der beruhmteste Wissenschaftler unserer Zeit. Ein Meister der eleganten Vereinfachung, der Mann, der Astrophysik und Kosmologie weltweit popular gemacht hat. Dieses kleine Lesebuch, zusammengestellt aus Anlass des 75. Geburtstages, prasentiert in Selbstzeugnissen den privaten Stephen Hawking - Kindheit, Studium, Karrierebeginn und das Leben mit ALS - und sein wissenschaftliches Credo in ausgewahlten Texten. Es ist fur alle gedacht, die sich wichtige Stationen in Leben und Werk des groen Physikers noch einmal vor Augen fuhren oder anhand von einigen seiner Texte Zugang finden mochten zu Stephen Hawkings Universum. Woher kommen wir? Wer sind wir? Wohin gehen wir? - Menschheitsfragen, die uns alle beschftigen, Fragen nach dem Sinn und dem Ziel des Lebens. Fr die Welt der Physik, der Kosmologie, hat Stephen Hawking sein eigenes Bild dazu entworfen. Hawkings Aufsatz "e;Informationserhaltung und Wettervorhersage fr Schwarze Lcher"e; und der Essay "e;Die Haare der Schwarzen Lcher"e; von Bernd Schuh werden hier zum ersten Mal in einer Printausgabe publiziert.
George and Annie are off on another cosmic adventure to figure out why strange things are happening on Earth in the fourth book of the Georges Secret Key series from Stephen and Lucy Hawking.George and his best friend Annie havent had any space adventures for a while and theyre missing the excitement. But not for long, because seriously strange things have started happening. Banks are handing out free money, supermarkets arent able to charge for their produce so people are getting free food, and aircrafts are refusing to fly. It looks like the worlds biggest and best computers have all been hacked. And no one knows why Its up to George and Annie to travel further into space than ever before in order to find out whator whois behind it.
The legendary physicist explores his favorite subject in a pair of enlightening, accessible, and cleverly illustrated essays for curious readers, originally delivered as BBC lectures. ';It is said that fact is sometimes stranger than fiction, and nowhere is that more true than in the case of black holes. Black holes are stranger than anything dreamed up by science-fiction writers, but they are firmly matters of science fact.' For decades, Stephen Hawking has been fascinated by black holes. He believes that if we understood the challenges they pose to the very nature of space and time, we could unlock the secrets of the universe. In these conversational pieces, Hawking's sense of wonder is infectious as he holds forth on what we know about black holes, what we still don't know, and theoretical answers to more specific questions, such as: What would happen if you ever got sucked into one? Annotated and with an introduction by BBC News science editor David Shukman, featuring whimsical and illuminating illustrations, Black Holes offers a candid peek into one of the great scientific mysteries of all time. Praise for Stephen Hawking ';[Hawking] can explain the complexities of cosmological physics with an engaging combination of clarity and wit. . . . His is a brain of extraordinary power.'The New York Review of Books ';Hawking clearly possesses a natural teacher's giftseasy, good-natured humor and an ability to illustrate highly complex propositions with analogies plucked from daily life.'The New York Times ';A high priest of physics, one of a handful of theorists who may be on the verge of reading God's mind.'Los Angeles Times
It is said that fact is sometimes stranger than fiction, and nowhere is that more true than in the case of black holes. Black holes are stranger than anything dreamed up by science fiction writers. In 2016 Professor Stephen Hawking delivered the BBC Reith Lectures on a subject that fascinated him for decades - black holes. In these flagship lectures the legendary physicist argued that if we could only understand black holes and how they challenge the very nature of space and time, we could unlock the secrets of the universe.
An updated, expanded and illustrated edition of Stephen Hawking's classic work, which includes the most recent developments in the field, many of which were forecast by him. In this edition, Professor Hawking explains his complex theories through a fresh visual dimension. Over one hundred and fifty stunning colour illustrations have been specially commissioned for this purpose to help the reader understand what have become popular mythic images of our century, but which nonetheless remain difficult, abstract ideas to grasp.
Einstein said that the most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible. But was he right? Can the quantum theory of fields and Einstein's general theory of relativity, the two most accurate and successful theories in all of physics, be united into a single quantum theory of gravity? Can quantum and cosmos ever be combined? In The Nature of Space and Time, two of the world's most famous physicists--Stephen Hawking (A Brief History of Time) and Roger Penrose (The Road to Reality)--debate these questions. The authors outline how their positions have further diverged on a number of key issues, including the spatial geometry of the universe, inflationary versus cyclic theories of the cosmos, and the black-hole information-loss paradox. Though much progress has been made, Hawking and Penrose stress that physicists still have further to go in their quest for a quantum theory of gravity.
Ein vierseitiges Diskussionspapier, von Stephen Hawking auf der Wissenschaftsplattform ArXiv publiziert, hat die theoretische Physik in Aufruhr versetzt und weltweit fur Schlagzeilen gesorgt: Hawking, der seinen Ruhm der Entdeckung verdankte, dass der Ereignishorizont von Schwarzen Lochern nicht so schwarz ist, wie man glaubte, geht jetzt einen entscheidenden Schritt weiter: Schwarze Locher gibt es gar nicht, erklart er nun - jedenfalls nicht so, wie die theoretische Physik sie bisher errechnet hat. Und dies deshalb, weil es auch den Ereignishorizont und seine physikalischen Konsequenzen (bis hin zu jeglichem Ende von Raum und Zeit in einer sogenannten Singularitat) nicht gebe. Sondern allenfalls eine Art "e;scheinbaren Horizont"e;, der Materie und Energie zwar ebenfalls ziemlich lange gefangen halt, aber dennoch nur "e;vorubergehend"e;. Hawking knnte damit seinem und Einsteins Traum von der berhmten "e;einen Theorie von allem"e; einen groen Schritt nher gekommen sein. Denn anders als bisher lieen sich Relativitts- und Quantentheorie in diesem Modell leichter vershnen. Was bedeutet das fr das Weltbild der Kosmologen? In diesem E-Book wird dem Publikum Hawkings Papier in deutscher bersetzung zugnglich gemacht. Bernd Schuh erklrt im Anschluss fr jedermann verstndlich, was man ber Schwarze Lcher und Stephen Hawkings Beschftigung damit wissen muss, um das berraschende Papier des berhmten Physikers verstehen und einordnen zu knnen.
Stephen Hawking has dazzled readers worldwide with a string of bestsellers exploring the mysteries of the universe. Now, for the first time, the most brilliant cosmologist of our age turns his gaze inwards for a revealing look at his own life and intellectual evolution. My Brief History recounts Stephen Hawking's improbable journey, from his post-war London boyhood to his years of international acclaim and celebrity. Lavishly illustrated with rarely seen photographs, this concise, witty and candid account introduces readers to a Hawking rarely glimpsed in previous books: the inquisitive schoolboy whose classmates nicknamed him `Einstein'; the jokester who once placed a bet with a colleague over the existence of a black hole; and the young husband and father struggling to gain a foothold in the world of academia. Writing with characteristic humility and humour, Hawking opens up about the challenges that confronted him following his diagnosis of motor neurone disease aged twenty-one. Tracing his development as a thinker, he explains how the prospect of an early death urged him onwards through numerous intellectual breakthroughs, and talks about the genesis of his masterpiece A Brief History of Time - one of the iconic books of the twentieth century. Clear-eyed, intimate and wise, My Brief History opens a window for the rest of us into Hawking's personal cosmos. Read by Matthew Brenher, with chapters introduced by the author.
Stephen Hawking has dazzled readers worldwide with a string of bestsellers exploring the mysteries of the universe. Now, for the first time, perhaps the most brilliant cosmologist of our age turns his gaze inward for a revealing look at his own life and intellectual evolution.My Brief History recounts Stephen Hawking's improbable journey, from his postwar London boyhood to his years of international acclaim and celebrity. This concise, witty, and candid account introduces listeners to a Hawking rarely glimpsed in previous books: the inquisitive schoolboy whose classmates nicknamed him Einstein; the jokester who once placed a bet with a colleague over the existence of a particular black hole; and the young husband and father struggling to gain a foothold in the world of physics and cosmology.Writing with characteristic humility and humor, Hawking opens up about the challenges that confronted him following his diagnosis of ALS at age twenty-one. Tracing his development as a thinker, he explains how the prospect of an early death urged him onward through numerous intellectual breakthroughs, and talks about the genesis of his masterpiece A Brief History of Timeone of the iconic books of the twentieth century.Clear-eyed, intimate, and wise, My Brief History opens a window for the rest of us into Hawking's personal cosmos.
Zum ersten Mal lasst der Jahrhundertphysiker Stephen Hawking sein ganzes privates und wissenschaftliches Leben Revue passieren - mit seinen eigenen Worten und in einem Buch voller Weisheit und Humor. Hawking erzahlt von seiner Kindheit und Jugend in Oxford und St. Albans, vom Ausbruch der degenerativen Erkrankung des motorischen Nervensystems (ALS), uber das Leben mit der Krankheit und der standigen Todesgefahr. Uber Weltreisen, Leidenschaften und schrage Wetten unter Kosmologen. Und zum ersten Mal schildert er, warum seine beiden Ehen nicht hielten - und wie ihm beide Ehefrauen buchstablich das Leben retteten. Zugleich stellt Stephen Hawking seine groen theoretischen Entdeckungen in ein neues Licht: seine Arbeiten ber Schwarze Lcher, den Urknall und ber imaginre Zeit, die einen neuen Blick auf die Geschichte des Universums erffneten und ihn berhmt gemacht haben. Dieses Buch, der Krankheit abgetrotzt, ist ein kleines Wunder. Ein Muss fr Hawking-Fans. Und fr alle, die einen der bedeutendsten Denker der Gegenwart neu entdecken mchten.
Ist das Universum unendlich oder begrenzt? Hat die Raumzeit einen Anfang, den Urknall? Dehnt sie sich aus? Wird sie wieder in sich zusammensturzen? Liefe die Zeit dann ruckwarts? Welchen Platz im Universum nehmen wir ein? Und ist in den atemberaubenden Modellen der Kosmologen noch Platz fur einen Gott? - Es sind existenzielle Fragen, mit denen sich Stephen Hawking befasst, Fragen, die Forschung und Lehre in den Zentren der modernen Physik ebenso bestimmen wie die Diskussion von Geisteswissenschaftlern. Dieses Meisterwerk eines Jahrhundert-Genies hat unsere Weltsicht verndert. Zugleich hat Stephen Hawking damit neue Mastbe fr die Erklrung komplexer physikalischer Zusammenhnge gesetzt. In diesem Buch, weltweit inzwischen ber zehn Millionen Mal verkauft, ist das Credo des groen Physikers enthalten und lebendig. "e;Der Physiker Stephen Hawking ist im Begriff, die Formel zu finden, die das Universum erklrt."e; ZEIT-Magazin
When and how did the universe begin? Why are we here? Is the apparent 'grand design' of our universe evidence for a benevolent creator who set things in motion? Or does science offer another explanation? In The Grand Design, the most recent scientific thinking about the mysteries of the universe is presented in language marked by both brilliance and simplicity. Model dependent realism, the multiverse, the top-down theory of cosmology, and the unified M-theory - all are revealed here. This is the first major work in nearly a decade by one of the world's greatest thinkers. A succinct, startling and lavishly illustrated guide to discoveries that are altering our understanding and threatening some of our most cherished belief systems, The Grand Design is a book that will inform - and provoke - like no other.
THE FIRST MAJOR WORK IN NEARLY A DECADE BY ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREAT THINKERSA MARVELOUSLY CONCISE BOOK WITH NEW ANSWERS TO THE ULTIMATE QUESTIONS OF LIFEWhen and how did the universe begin? Why are we here? Why is there something rather than nothing? What is the nature of reality? Why are the laws of nature so finely tuned as to allow for the existence of beings like ourselves? And, finally, is the apparent ';grand design' of our universe evidence of a benevolent creator who set things in motionor does science offer another explanation? The most fundamental questions about the origins of the universe and of life itself, once the province of philosophy, now occupy the territory where scientists, philosophers, and theologians meetif only to disagree. In their new book, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow present the most recent scientific thinking about the mysteries of the universe, in nontechnical language marked by both brilliance and simplicity. In The Grand Design they explain that according to quantum theory, the cosmos does not have just a single existence or history, but rather that every possible history of the universe exists simultaneously. When applied to the universe as a whole, this idea calls into question the very notion of cause and effect. But the ';top-down' approach to cosmology that Hawking and Mlodinow describe would say that the fact that the past takes no definite form means that we create history by observing it, rather than that history creates us. The authors further explain that we ourselves are the product of quantum fluctuations in the very early universe, and show how quantum theory predicts the ';multiverse'the idea that ours is just one of many universes that appeared spontaneously out of nothing, each with different laws of nature.Along the way Hawking and Mlodinow question the conventional concept of reality, posing a ';model-dependent' theory of reality as the best we can hope to find. And they conclude with a riveting assessment of M-theory, an explanation of the laws governing us and our universe that is currently the only viable candidate for a complete ';theory of everything.' If confirmed, they write, it will be the unified theory that Einstein was looking for, and the ultimate triumph of human reason.A succinct, startling, and lavishly illustrated guide to discoveries that are altering our understanding and threatening some of our most cherished belief systems, The Grand Design is a book that will informand provokelike no other.From the Hardcover edition.
God does not play dice with the universe. So said Albert Einstein in response to the first discoveries that launched quantum physics, as they suggested a random universe that seemed to violate the laws of common sense. This 20th-century scientific revolution completely shattered Newtonian laws, inciting a crisis of thought that challenged scientists to think differently about matter and subatomic particles. The Dreams That Stuff Is Made Of compiles the essential works from the scientists who sparked the paradigm shift that changed the face of physics forever, pushing our understanding of the universe on to an entirely new level of comprehension. Gathered in this anthology is the scholarship that shocked and befuddled the scientific world, including works by Niels Bohr, Max Planck, Werner Heisenberg, Max Born, Erwin Schrodinger, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Richard Feynman, as well as an introduction by today's most celebrated scientist, Stephen Hawking.
When this book was originally published in 1979, the vitality of Einstein's general theory and its impact on other branches of science had never been greater. The unprecedented advances of the previous fifteen years had been stimulated on the observational side by developments in radar and space technology and by the discovery of exotic astronomical objects, which pointed to the existence of very strong gravitational fields, and possibly black holes, in many parts of the universe. Equally striking had been the progress in theoretical understanding, notably of black hole physics, the early history of the universe and the reconciliation of quantum physics and gravitational theory. To honour Einstein's hundredth birthday, twenty-one of the world's leading relativists collaborated on this carefully integrated survey of the state of research. This unique book, which remained a standard for many years, is indispensable to anyone concerned with the profound influence that Einstein's theory has exerted on our notions of space, time and the ultimate nature of matter.
Stephen Hawking's worldwide bestseller, A Brief History of Time, has been a landmark volume in scientific writing. Its author's engaging voice is one reason, and the compelling subjects he addresses is another: the nature of space and time, the role of God in creation, the history and future of the universe. But it is also true that in the years since its publication, readers have repeatedly told Professor Hawking of their great difficulty in understanding some of the book's most important concepts. This is the origin of and the reason for A Briefer History of Time: its author's wish to make its content accessible to readers - as well as to bring it up-to-date with the latest scientific observations and findings. Although this book is literally somewhat 'briefer', it actually expands on the great subjects of the original. Purely technical concepts, such as the mathematics of chaotic boundary conditions, are gone. Conversely, subjects of wide interest that were difficult to follow because they were interspersed throughout the book have now been given entire chapters of their own, including relativity, curved space, and quantum theory. This reorganization has allowed the authors to expand areas of special interest and recent progress, from the latest developments in string theory to exciting developments in the search for a complete, unified theory of all the forces of physics. Like prior editions of the book-but even more so - A Briefer History of Time will guide nonscientists everywhere in the ongoing search for the tantalizing secrets at the heart of time and space. Thirty-eight full-colour illustrations enhance the text and make A Briefer History of Time an exhilarating addition in its own right to the literature of science.
Stephen Hawking, author of the multi-million copy bestselling A Brief History of Time, and his daughter Lucy explain the universe to readers of all ages. George's parents, who have always been wary of technology, warn him about their new neighbors: Eric is a scientist and his daughter, Annie, seems to be following in his footsteps. But when George befriends them and Cosmos, their super-computer, he finds himself on a wildly fun adventure, while learning about physics, time, and the universe. With Cosmos's help, he can travel to other planets and a black hole. But what would happen if the wrong people got their hands on Cosmos? George, Annie, and Eric aren't about to find out, and what ensues is a funny adventure that clearly explains the mysteries of science. Garry Parsons' energetic illustrations add humor and interest, and his scientific drawings add clarity; there are also eight 4-page full-color inserts of scientific photos.
GOD CREATED THE INTEGERS is Stephen Hawking's personal choice of the greatest mathematical works in history. He allows the reader to peer into the mind of genius by providing us with excerpts from original mathematical proofs and results. He also helps us understand the progression of mathematical thought, and the very foundations of our presentday technologies. The book includes landmark discoveries spanning 2500 years and representing the work of mathematicians such as Euclid, Georg Cantor, Kurt Godel, Augustin Cauchy, Bernard Riemann and Alan Turing. Each chapter begins with a biography of the featured mathematician, clearly explaining the significance of the result, followed by the full proof of the work, reproduced from the original publication, many in new translations.
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 acclaimed first book.The Universe in a Nutshell Quantum mechanics M-theory General relativity 11-dimensional supergravity 10-dimensional membranes Superstrings P-branes Black holesOne 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 laymens 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 Einsteins General Theory of Relativity and Richard Feynmans 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.From the Hardcover edition.
FROM ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT MINDS OF OUR TIME COMES A BOOK THAT CLARIFIES HIS MOST IMPORTANT IDEAS Stephen Hawking's worldwide bestseller A Brief History of Time remains a landmark volume in scientific writing. But for readers who have asked for a more accessible formulation of its key conceptsthe nature of space and time, the role of God in creation, and the history and future of the universeA Briefer History of Time is Professor Hawking's response. Although ';briefer,' this book is much more than a mere explanation of Hawking's earlier work. A Briefer History of Time both clarifies and expands on the great subjects of the original, and records the latest developments in the fieldfrom string theory to the search for a unified theory of all the forces of physics. Thirty-seven full-color illustrations enhance the text and make A Briefer History of Time an exhilarating and must-have addition in its own right to the great literature of science and ideas.From the Hardcover edition.
Stephen Hawking's worldwide bestseller, A Brief History of Time, has been a landmark publication in scientific books. A Briefer History of Time expands on the great subjects of the original. Purely technical concepts, such as the mathematics of chaotic boundary conditions, are gone. Conversely, subjects of wide interest have now been given entire chapters of their own, including relativity, curved space, and quantum theory. CD Rom of full-colour illustrations make A Briefer History of Time an exhilarating addition in its own right to the literature of science.
Essential listening for all those who want to understandthe universe in which we liveStephen Hawking is one of the most influential thinkers of our time, an intellectual icon, known not only for the adventurousness of his ideas but also for the clarity with which he expresses them. Seeking to uncover the holy grail of science: the elusive Theory of Everything that lies at the heart of the cosmos, Professor Hawking takes us the cutting edge of theoretical physics, where truth is often stranger than fiction, and explains in layman's terms the principles that control our universe.
World-renowned physicist and bestselling author Stephen Hawking presents a revolutionary look at the momentous discoveries that changed our perception of the world with this first-ever compilation of seven classic works on physics and astronomy. His choice of landmark writings by some of the world's great thinkers traces the brilliant evolution of modern science and shows how each figure built upon the genius of his predecessors. On the Shoulders of Giants includes, in their entirety, On the Revolution of Heavenly Spheres by Nicolaus Copernicus Principia by Sir Isaac Newton The Principle of Relativity by Albert Einstein Dialogues Concerning Two Sciences by Galileo Galilei with Alfonso De Salvio plus Mystery of the Cosmos, Harmony of the World, and Rudolphine Tables by Johannes Kepler. It also includes five critical essays and a biography of each featured physicist, written by Hawking himself.
ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS tells a compelling story, using original papers from Einstein, Copernicus, Galilei, Kepler and Newton. Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking explains how these works changed the course of science, ushering astronomy and physics out of the Middle Ages and into the modern world.
Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time was a publishing phenomenon. Translated into thirty languages, it has sold over nine million copies worldwide. It continues to captivate and inspire new readers every year. When it was first published in 1988 the ideas discussed in it were at the cutting edge of what was then known about the universe. In the intervening years there have been extraordinary advances in our understanding of the space and time. The technology for observing the micro- and macro-cosmic world has developed in leaps and bounds. During the same period cosmology and the theoretical sciences have entered a new golden age. Professor Stephen Hawking has been at the heart of this new scientific renaissance. Now, in The Universe in a Nutshell, beautifully illustrated with original artwork commissioned for this project, Stephen Hawking brings us fully up-to-date with the advances in scientific thinking. We are now nearer than we have ever been to a full understanding of the universe. In a fascinating and accessible discussion that ranges from quantum mechanics, to time travel, black holes to uncertainty theory, to the search for science's Holy Grail - the unified field theory (or in layman's terms the 'theory of absolutely everything') Professor Hawking once more takes us to the cutting edge of modern thinking.
Readers worldwide know the work of Stephen Hawking through his phenomenal bestseller A Brief History of Time. In this collection of essays and other pieces - on subjects that range from warmly personal to the wholly scientific- he is revealed variously as the scientist, the man, the concerned world citizen, and - as always - the rigorous and imaginative thinker. Whether remembering his first experience of nursery school; puncturing the arrogance of those who think science can best be understood only by other scientists and should be left to them; exploring the origins and the future of the universe; or reflecting on the phenomenon of A Brief History of Time, Stephen's wit, directness of style and absence of pomp are vital characteristics at all times.
Stephen Hawking, the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, has made important theoretical contributions to gravitational theory and has played a major role in the development of cosmology and black hole physics.Hawking's early work, partly in collaboration with Roger Penrose, showed the significance of spacetime singularities for the big bang and black holes. His later work has been concerned with a deeper understanding of these two issues. The work required extensive use of the two great intellectual achievements of the first half of the Twentieth Century: general relativity and quantum mechanics; and these are reflected in the reprinted articles. Hawking's key contributions on black hole radiation and the no-boundary condition on the origin of the universe are included.The present compilation of Stephen Hawking's most important work also includes an introduction by him, which guides the reader though the major highlights of the volume. This volume is thus an essential item in any library and will be an important reference source for those interested in theoretical physics and applied mathematics.