Sunday, July 18, 2010

Book Review - Theory of Everything

Theory of Everything - text by Stephen Hawking: This is an unofficial book from Jaico/Phoenix Publishers, without Stephen Hawking's endorsement o his copyright, but it is indeed his text from seven lectures. Many online reviews indicate that A Brief History of Time is a better in terms of explanations, illustrations and more coverage. I came to know after I bought the book, so couldn't have helped patronizing. Any case, it is a quick and easy to read book that provides a good understanding of complex physics around the origin of the universe - things like big bang, black holes, space-time and other complex theories are presented in a simplified way that appeals to the lay person. I finally understood what Chandrasekar Limit means, and why Subrahmanyan Chandrasekar was awarded Nobel prize for it! Also includes some of Hawking's wit, especially around mentions of God and the Church. Finally, Hawking concludes that science may be fairly close to explaining everything around the origin and behavior of the universe, and once that happens, philosophers will be able to catchup with the discoveries and help the common people catch up as well. I wish in my school days could simplify quantum physics this way, so we could have had a better appreciation and understanding!

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