The Theory of Everything: The Origin and Fate of the Universe

史蒂芬·霍金 Stephen Hawking
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宇宙的起源与归宿:听霍金讲万物之理(The Theory of Everything: The Origin and Fate of the Universe)简介:
With a title inspired as much by Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker series as Einstein, The Theory of Everything delivers almost as much as it promises. Transcribed from Stephen Hawking's Cambridge Lectures, the slim volume may not present a single theory unifying gravity with the other fundamental forces, but it does carefully explain the state of late 20th-century physics with the great scientist's characteristic humility and charm. Explicitly shunning math, Hawking explains the fruits of 100 years of heavy thinking with metaphors that are simple but never condescending--he compares the settling of the newborn universe into symmetry to the formation of ice crystals in a glass of water, for example. While he explores his own work (especially when speaking about black holes), he also discusses the important milestones achieved by others like Richard Feynman. Though occasionally an impenetrably obscure phrase does slip by, the reader will find the bulk of the text enlightening and engaging. The material, from the nature of time to the possibility that the universe has no beginning or end, is rich and deep and inevitably ignites metaphysical thinking. After all, Hawking is famous for his "we would know the mind of God" remark, which ends the final lecture herein.   本书是斯蒂芬·霍金在英国剑轿大学所作的七场讲学,包含了他毕生钻石宇宙学的精华,精辟扼要。即使略具基本科学知识者,读了这七讲,对宇宙创世的奇妙壮丽,也能一窥梗概。


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