The Theory of Everything

  • by Stephen W. Hawking
  • Narrated by Michael York
  • 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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."

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Too simplistic for most people.

He does not even get to String theory till the last 30 minutes and never gets to M-theory. If you have even a rough idea of what String theory is this book is too simple for you. You will be happier listening to " Parallel Worlds"
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- D. ABIGT "Avatar42"

A bit jumpy...

This was an interesting but not very good book. The book is not really about anything in particular. It was quite interesting about once every 20 minutes for a few minutes. It is really several lectures very roughly related, one of which is directly related to the title. The lectures don't quite seem to be at an introductory level, as they are jumpy and without simple themes, yet they are also not very technical. It is not really a history either. It is a bit of a ramble around the areas that interest the author. The writing is somewhat dry and uneven and a bit pompous at times.
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- Michael "I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-14-2009
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books