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Hawking S. The Universe in a Nutshell

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Hawking S. The Universe in a Nutshell
Hardcover Publisher: Bantam Dell Pub Group (Trd) (October 29, 2002) Language: English ISBN-10: 0553676431 ISBN-13: 978-0553676433 Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8 x 1.8 inches
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.
A Brief History of Relativity
How Einstein laid the foundations of the two fundamental theories of the twentieth century: general relativity and quantum theory.
The Shape of Time
Einstein's general relativity gives time a shape. How this can be reconciled with quantum theory?
The Universe in a Nutshell
The universe has multiple histories, each of which is determined by a tiny nut.
Predicting the Future
How the loss of information in black boles may reduce our ability to predict the future.
Protecting the Past
Is time travel possible? Could an advanced civilization go back and change the past?
Our Future? Star Trek or Not?
How biological and electronic life will go on developing in complexity at an ever-increasing rate.
Brane New World
Do we live on a brane or are we just holograms?
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