## A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black HolesBantam Books, 1990 - 198 páginas "Stephen W. Hawking has achieved international prominence as one of the great minds of the twentieth century. Now, for the first time, he has written a popular work exploring the outer limits of our knowledge of astrophysics and the nature of time and the universe. The result is a truly enlightening book: a classic introduction to today's most important scientific ideas about the cosmos, and a unique opportunity to experience the intellect of one of the most imaginative, influential thinkers of our age. From the vantage point of the wheelchair where he has spent the last twenty years trapped by Lou Gehrig's disease, Professor Hawking himself has transformed our view of the universe. His groundbreaking research into black holes offers clues to that elusive moment when the universe was born. Now, in the incisive style which is his trademark, Professor Hawking shows us how mankind's "world picture evolved from the time of Aristotle through the 1915 breakthrough of Albert Einstein, to the exciting ideas of today's prominent young physicists. Was there a beginning of time? Will there be an end? Is the universe infinite? Or does it have boundaries? With these fundamental questions in mind, Hawking reviews the great theories of the cosmos - and all the puzzles, paradoxes and contradictions still unresolved. With great care he explains Galileo's and Newton's discoveries. Next he takes us step-by-step through Einstein's general theory of relativity (which concerns the extraordinarily vast) and then moves on to the other great theory of our century, quantum mechanics (which concerns the extraordinarily tiny). And last, he explores the worldwide effort to combine the two into a single quantum theory of gravity, the unified theory, which should resolve all the mysteries left unsolved - and he tells why he believes that momentous discovery is not far off. Professor Hawking also travels into the exotic realms of deep space, distant galaxies, black holes, quarks, GUTs, particles with "flavors" and "spin," antimatter, the "arrows of time" - and intrigues us with their unexpected implications. He reveals the unsettling possibilities of time running backward when an expanding universe collapses, a universe with as many as eleven dimensions, a theory of a "no boundary" universe that may replace the big bang theory and a God who may be increasingly fenced in by new discoveries - who may be the prime mover in the creation of it all. A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME is a landmark book written for those of us who prefer words to equations. Told by an extraordinary contributor to the ideas of humankind, this is the story of the ultimate quest for knowledge, the ongoing search for the secrets at the heart of time and space." -- |

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**describe**the universe all in one go . Instead , we break the problem up into bits and invent a number of partial theories . Each of these partial theories**describes**and predicts a certain limited class of observa- tions , neglecting the ...Página 23

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**describe**the position of a point in space by three numbers , or coordinates . For instance , one can say that a point in a room is seven feet from one wall , three feet from another , and five feet above the floor . Or one could specify ...Página 139

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**describe**what we think the universe is like . But according to the approach I described in Chapter 1 , a scientific theory is just a mathematical model we make to**describe**our observations : it exists only in our minds . So it is ...### Otras ediciones - Ver todas

A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes Stephen Hawking,Carl Sagan Vista de fragmentos - 1988 |

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