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'Master of the Universe One scientist's courageous voyage to the frontiers of the Cosmos' Newsweek
Was there a beginning of time? Could time run backwards? Is the universe infinite or does it have boundaries?
These are just some of the questions considered in an internationally acclaimed masterpiece which begins by reviewing the great theories of the cosmos from Newton to Einstein, before delving into the secrets which still lie at the heart of space and time.
'He can explain the complexities of cosmological physics with an engaging combination of clarity and wit His is a brain of extraordinary power' Observer
'One of the most brilliant scientific minds since Einstein' Daily Express
'This book marries a child's wonder to a genius's intellect. We journey into Hawking's universe, while marvelling at his mind' The Sunday Times
'To follow such a fine mind as it exposes such great problems is an exciting experience' The Sunday Times
About the Author :
In 1963, Stephen Hawking contracted motor neurone disease and was given two years to live. Yet he went on to Cambridge to become a brilliant researcher and Professorial Fellow at Gonville and Caius College. Since 1979 he has held the post of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge, the chair held by Isaac Newton in 1663. Professor Hawking has over a dozen honorary degrees, was awarded the CBE in 1982. He is a fellow of the Royal Society and a Member of the US National Academy of Science.
Stephen Hawking is the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, and is regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein.
Information, simple but requires some study
By Shounak Bhattacharya,
For readers who are thinking that it is a very simple book, casual read, sitting on sofa or while traveling, surely this is NOT THE BOOK for you. This is a book which is written by one of the greatest scientist of our generation who has been given the honour with Einstein.
Why the book is popular? Dr.Hawking's motto was to reach to buyers in airport, specifically to the mass, which definitely would have made it half if there would have been equations and that is the reason, why the book is so difficult.
What is there in the book?
A basic idea of the history and development of cosmology starting from Ptolemy's Universe, Copernicus, Galileo to the current understanding.
Space & Time: (a) Galilean relativity and measurement (b) Newton's laws of motion (c) Emerging ideas of gravity (d) James Clerk Maxwell's emergence of the famous theory of electromagnetism -- The first step towards unification, unifying 2 separate forces, electric and magnet into one.
The Expanding Universe: (a) Hubble's observation (b) Doppler effect (c) The red shift (c) Friedmann model. Here. Prof.Hawking starts introducing the concept of singularity: the extreme prediction of General relativity.
Most importantly the electro-weak unification by Weinberg-Salam theory. So, we now have only 3 major forces of nature as per the Standard Model: (1)Electro-weak (a sum of electromagnetism and weak force) (2) Gravity (3) Strong force. For a better understanding please look into: Dr.Mani Bhaumik's Code Name God.
Dr.Hawking ends the book with an optimists note: 'A complete, consistent, unified theory is only the first step; our goal is a complete understanding of the events around us, and of our own existence.'
'If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason - for then we would know the mind of God.'
Happy reading !!
Worth evry penny...
By Samrat DeySarkar,
One of the best books on scientific topics, he ease with which S.Hawkins has described so complicated n complex matters is really overwhelming. If you really want to gain knowledge but hesitate to read science journal for complex maths equation then this is the book for you. So simple and no equation yet very informative.
Special thanks to Infibeam for delivering the book so fast, but I must confess that this time the packing wasn't upto the mark, even though the book was undamged yet it was very close to being dameged.Please take care of packages as we consumers trust this website a lot.
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