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The Universe in a Nutshell
    #3738891 - 02/06/05 02:46 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Has anyone read this book by Stephen Hawking? What did you think of it? I found it to be very informative regarding things like relativity, quantum mechanics, and string theory. However, I thought some of his assumptions regarding intelligent alien life and genetic engineering seemed a bit overreaching. My brother, who is a Mechanical Engineering major, said that he seems to assume the existence of imaginary time without providing evidence for it. Any other thoughts on it?


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Re: The Universe in a Nutshell [Re: Silversoul]
    #3738951 - 02/06/05 02:54 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

I have a copy of the audio book
from soulseek

fascinating stuff

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Re: The Universe in a Nutshell [Re: Silversoul]
    #3753246 - 02/08/05 11:38 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Yeah, I started to read it, but got stuck about 1/3 of the way through. Very interesting theories with lots of great illustrations, but in the end my high-school educated brain just couldn't cut it.
Oh, and didn't he recently publicize that he was wrong about the wormholes?

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Re: The Universe in a Nutshell [Re: Silversoul]
    #3775626 - 02/13/05 09:21 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

try reading Brian Greene, I really loved his book "The Elegant Universe"

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Re: The Universe in a Nutshell [Re: Psilygirl]
    #3775724 - 02/13/05 09:47 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

the new issue of Scientific American has an interesting article about the misconception about the big bang theory that is quite interesting. i will definely look into picking up the aforementioned books.

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