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The Illustrated Theory of Everything: The Origin and Fate of the Universe Hardcover – 1 Oct 2003

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: New Millennium (Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932407073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932407075
  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 19.1 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,071,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

A brilliant scientist and theoretician, Stephan Hawking is a professor of mathematics at Cambridge University. He possess the natural ability to make science popular and enjoyable to the average person, as well as to the scientific community. In The Theory Of Everything, Hawking takes us on a voyage of discovery through time and space to give us a new look at our relation to them. Everyone who has ever gazed into the night skies wondering how the cosmos came to be will enjoy this new exploration.

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By RR Waller TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Sept. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Published in 2002, this is the illustrated version of the previous edition; it was a series of seven lectures, the titles of which constitue the chapter headings:

Ideas About the Universe
The Expanding Universe
Black Holes
Black Holes ain't so Black
Origin and Fate of the Universe
The Direction of Time
The Theory of Everything

In his usual lucid, succinct style, he explores and explains aspects of many of the most challenging areas of physics. He has always had the ability to render the complex into words accessible to the "normal" man.

"So long as the universe had a beginning that was a singularity, one could suppose that it was created by an outside agency. But if the universe is really completely self-contained, having no boundary or edge, it would be neither created nor destroyed. It would simply be. What place, then, for a creator?" (P 126)

One may not agree with all his ideas, but he is certainly thought-provoking going where few men have gone before and he is unafraid "to boldly go".
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An excellent read and inspirational book if you are interested in the origins of the universe and whether its possible to meld General Relativity with Quantum Mechanics into a Theory of Everything.
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If you enjoy reading up on science but feel that you're at a point of understanding where it appears to be too complex then you must buy this book.
The whole theories behind space and time are laid out on the pages with added help of illustrations where necessary. Starting the book in layman's terms, the chapters progress to become more and more advanced and before you know it, you completely understand the basics behind the history of our universe.
If facts are what you're into, then this is a must!
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Having already read The Universe in a Nutshell, and A Briefer History of Time, I was disappointed that this book did little to offer new, or more simplified, explanations of many of the key concepts of Hawking and friends. The description of the book as 'The Illustrated" was also a letdown as it contains less effective illustrations than The Universe in a Nutshell. Neither does the book stand on it's own for new readers to Hawking. I'm afraid Hawking still assumes that the average reader understands things like quantum mechanics and basic astrophysics when giving us his explanations of such things as the concept of space time, or string theory. I'm not sure who the book is pitched at.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 11 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 May 2017
By Carolina - Published on Amazon.com
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good book
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 23 Sept. 2013
By rbreezy - Published on Amazon.com
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Considering the price, Cover was a little messed up but the book is in pretty good condition. i'm actually quite impressed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift 9 Feb. 2013
By Shibililiooma - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this as a gift for my sister but I simply had to sneak a peak before giving it to her. The writing is interesting and clear and the pictures are really beautiful. I could definitely spend some time with this book allowing it to boggle my mind.
5.0 out of 5 stars love the book 25 July 2013
By allen scott - Published on Amazon.com
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A beautiful book. Love the picutres and illustrations and summaries in margins. A small book that opened at random will supply a vision or fantastic thought to busy the mind for days.
4.0 out of 5 stars Theory 27 Dec. 2008
By Marvin S. Mcdonald Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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It is always interesting to read current ideas on the universe and what they think is going on. I always enjoy reading Stephen Hawking because his books are not too technical and can be read by the common person.
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