5.0 out of 5 starsIf you want to learn beyond available in popular books
March 27, 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
The Theory of Everything is an extraordinarily well-presented course on the topic. The course is not for everyone. There are sections with equations - while fairly elementary for those in the field - that require decent mathematical knowledge. Plus, the course frequently tackles scientific details that are difficult to wrap one’s head around. Effectively, the course goes far beyond what one reads in popular books on the subjects.
The upshot is there is a lot new for everyone except perhaps the experts. For example, the course provides brilliant insights into the likely rationale behind the belief in the super-symmetry or the reasons behind the scientist community’s fascination with string theories. Such explanations are possible because of the arguments set out and proven with care before.
The course’s best moments are when it explains the incongruity between general relativity and quantum mechanics. This reviewer has not come across better explanations on what makes the quantum gravity so difficult to formulate, despite the endless discussions in hundreds of popular books.
While the Particle Physics sections are most detailed, and the quantum gravity explanations most illuminating, the professor has many other impressive sections/sub-sections on weak and strong nuclear forces, the basic cosmology, the dimensions that turn up in any equations that go beyond the standard model, the underlying realities of quarks, etc.
A great course for anyone interested in the topic.