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The Universe in a Nutshell
作者 Stephen Hawking
出版社 Bantam Books New York
ISBN 9780553802023
分類 Natural Science > Aviation & Astronomy
價格 HK$333.00
 
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Stephen Hawking’s phenomenal, multimillion-copy bestseller, A Brief History of Time, introduced the ideas of this brilliant theoretical physicist to readers all over the world.

Now, in a major publishing event, Hawking returns with a lavishly illustrated sequel that unravels the mysteries of the major breakthroughs that have occurred in the years since the release of his acclaimed first book.

The Universe in a Nutshell

.Quantum mechanics
.M-theory
.General relativity
.11-dimensional supergravity
.10-dimensional membranes
.Superstrings
.P-branes
.Black holes

One of the most influential thinkers of our time, Stephen Hawking is an intellectual icon, known not only for the adventurousness of his ideas but for the clarity and wit with which he expresses them. 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.

The Universe in a Nutshell is essential reading for all of us who want to understand the universe in which we live. Like its companion volume, A Brief History of Time, it conveys the excitement felt within the scientific community as the secrets of the cosmos reveal themselves.


Foreword vii
A Brief History of Relativity 3 (26)
How Einstein laid the foundations of the
two fundamental theories of the twentieth
century: general relativity and quantum
theory
The Shape of Time 29 (38)
Einstein's general relativity gives time a
shape
How this can be reconciled with quantum
theory
The Universe in a Nutshell 67 (34)
The universe has multiple histories, each
of which is determined by a tiny nut
Predicting the Future 101(30)
How the loss of information in black holes
may reduce our ability to predict the future
Protecting the Past 131(24)
Is time travel possible? Could an advanced
civilization go back and change the past?
Our Future? Star Trek or Not? 155(18)
How biological and electronic life will go
on developing in complexity at an ever
increasing rate
Brane New World 173
Do we live on a brane or are we just
holograms?
Glossary
Suggested further readings
Acknowledgments
Index


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