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  • The Origin and Fate of the Universe
  • Written by: Stephen Hawking
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (74 ratings)

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The Theory of Everything

Written by: Stephen Hawking
Narrated by: Michael York
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In physicist Stephen Hawking's brilliant opus, A Brief History of Time, he presented us with a bold new look at our universe, how it began, and how our old views of physics and tired theories about the creation of the universe were no longer relevant. In other words, Hawking gave us a new look at our world, our universe, and ourselves.

Now, Hawking presents an even more comprehensive look at our universe, its creation, and how we see ourselves within it. Imagine sitting in a comfortable room listening to Hawking discuss his latest theories and place them in historical context with science's other great achievements--it would be like hearing Christopher Columbus deliver the news about the new world.

Hawking presents a series of seven lectures in which he describes, more clearly than ever, the history of the universe as we know it. He begins with the history of ideas about the universe, from Aristotle's idea that the Earth is round to Hubble's discovery two millennium later that our universe is growing.

Using this history as a launching pad, Hawking takes us on a fascinating journey through the telescopic lens of modern physics to gain a new glimpse of the universe--the nature of black holes, the space-time continuum, and new information about the origin of the universe. He uses this scientific basis to come up with a "unified theory of everything" that the author claims will be "the ultimate triumph of human reason."

©2007 Stephen Hawking (P)2009 Phoenix

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enjoyable

excellent in depth thought provoking book. First book by Dr Hawking. Will be getting more.

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Great read but not for everyone

This is an incredible read and such a good way of breaking down big concepts into understandable information. As someone who does not have a science background I did find myself having to pause and YouTube a lot of the concepts to get a better understanding. This process of learning was enjoyable for me and not frustrating but I can see how it could be frustrating for some people.

Overall, great book. You’re not going to walk away from it understanding everything he says 100% but you will definitely have a better understanding and a fresh perspective on the universe.

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Wow

Did not expect the ending. A great read worthy of the time to ponder while reading.

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understood some of it. Listen more to know more

understood some of it.lisyen more to know more. Many questions didn't get in mind. Ok

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Big Concepts Brought Down to Earth

The series of essays on the Universe were interesting and thought provoking even for me a person with little knowledge on the subject.

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makes you think of the smallness of humanity

makes you realize how small and powerless we are versus the universe. nice book will listen again

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Listen, repeat

My last brush with physics was in high school and was very, very basic. I have often wanted to read or listen to a book by Stephen Hawking but always gave up before I started. I would read reviews that indicated that without a good science background, this or that book would be difficult or frustrating. "The Theory of Everything" seemed less intimidating despite the title. First, it is short. Second, the reviews seemed to lean towards this being a manageable book for someone without a science background. I found the first couple of lectures, there are seven lectures in total, to actually be quite understandable and very interesting. At some point in lecture 3, I stopped and restarted the book as I found myself losing the plot. My second go around got me into lecture 4 before I felt understanding slipping away. At that point I decided to power through until the end. What I discovered is that with each lecture I would ride a wave of understanding until I hit the crest of the wave from where I would drop into the murky depths of confusion. Despite this rollercoaster ride, in the end I did enjoy this book which I am determined to listen to again and again until I "get it". Michael York does a superb job of narration. The book itself is really well written and even made me laugh a few times. Finally, the ending almost made me restart the book right away but I have decided to let what I have heard percolate for a while before I listen again. I would recommend this book to anyone curious about physics, the universe and everything.

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Outdated and NOT recommended.

Loss of time and rather boring.
At best for high school.
Not worth the price.
Read the publication of Don Lincoln (same title).

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