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

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Not very different from 'Brief History of Time'

In fact 'The Theory of Everything' is 'Brief Historty of Time' in disguise. Those who have studied abovementioned book and previous one, that is 'The Universe in a Nutshell' will certainly feel that Hawking hasn't gone further from 'Brief History of Time'(because the re...
In fact 'The Theory of Everything' is 'Brief Historty of Time' in disguise. Those who have studied abovementioned book and previous one, that is 'The Universe in a Nutshell' will certainly feel that Hawking hasn't gone further from 'Brief History of Time'(because the real science is same). I therefore suggest an ammendment in the title, it should be 'The Theory of Everything: The Origin and Fate of the Universe - Brief History of Time Rewritten.' That is all from my side

posted by Anonymous on June 8, 2002

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IMPORTANT NOTE

It has come to our attention that the book 'The Theory of Everything: The Origin and Fate of the Universe' has been published. Professor Hawking would like to make it clear that he HAS NOT endorsed this book. The text was written by him many years ago, however the mater...
It has come to our attention that the book 'The Theory of Everything: The Origin and Fate of the Universe' has been published. Professor Hawking would like to make it clear that he HAS NOT endorsed this book. The text was written by him many years ago, however the material has already been published in books such as 'A Brief History of Time'. A complaint was made to the Federal Trade Commission in the US in the hope that they would prevent the publication. **We would urge you NOT to purchase this book in the belief that Professor Hawking was involved in its creation. From Professor Stephen Hawking's website.

posted by Anonymous on January 15, 2005

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2005

    IMPORTANT NOTE

    It has come to our attention that the book 'The Theory of Everything: The Origin and Fate of the Universe' has been published. Professor Hawking would like to make it clear that he HAS NOT endorsed this book. The text was written by him many years ago, however the material has already been published in books such as 'A Brief History of Time'. A complaint was made to the Federal Trade Commission in the US in the hope that they would prevent the publication. **We would urge you NOT to purchase this book in the belief that Professor Hawking was involved in its creation. From Professor Stephen Hawking's website.

    11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2014

    Worst sample ever!

    The sample does not even get through the preface by someone else. I wanted to see a sample of Hawking's writings, and not one word was there. I am often aggravated by samples that fill up with the front of book stuff, but usually have 5 pages or so of the actual author's work. Not here!,

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    NOT a good purchase!!!!!! Serious problems here!!!!!!!!!!! I purchased the audio CD version and after 5 tries I still did not have a copy that played to finish, I asked for my money back and received it.

    The Theory of Everything; The Origin and Fate of the Universe.
    Claimed to be first published under title "The Cambridge Lectures: Life Works," excellently read by Michael York pretentious voice (at least what I have gotten to listen to so far), but not claimed by Stephen W. Hawking, who holds the Newton's chair of Lucasian Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Cambridge University. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers "A Brief History of Time" and "The Universe in a Nutshell." Professor Hawking would like to make it clear that he HAS NOT endorsed this book. The text was written by him many years ago, however the material has already been published. I would urge you NOT to purchase this book in the belief that Professor Hawking was involved in its creation. From Professor Stephen Hawking's website http://www.hawking.org.uk/ you can read many of his lectures.
    Professor Hawking's Cambridge Lectures, as best as I could tell are:
    Lecture 1 "Ideas about the Universe" past ideas about a static universe;
    Lecture 2 "The Expanding Universe" how Newtonian and Einstein's theory leads to an expanding universe;
    Lecture 3 "Black holes" ;
    Lecture 4 how quantum mechanics allows energy to leak out of black holes;
    Lecture 5 quantum physics applied to the big bang, origin, and boundary of the universe
    Lecture 6 How the boundary proposal explains how the past is so different from the future
    Lecture 7 unified theory.
    He places the beginning of time about 10 or 20 thousand million years ago, The Big Bang, since earlier events could not affect the current timeline, also known to be expanding because of the red shifted light of all galaxies, due to Doppler Effect, expansion predicted by Freidman and red-shift observed by Hubble. Antigravity, proposed by Einstein to make a static universe fit into his general theory has been somewhat defeated by Freidman's expanding universe, using Einstein's general theory. Whimpering, I hope antigravity does not fall only into the realm of sci-fi.

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    Posted October 30, 2011

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