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Stephen Hawking

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Stephen Hawking

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Nonfiction, Science

At a Glance

Stephen Hawking's book lays out an overview of the search for a unified theory to explain the what of our existence in the universe. Such a theory would then provide the basis on which not only physicists but also philosophers and ordinary people can begin to ask why anything exists at all. "If we find the answer to that," Hawking states in his conclusion, "it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason—for then we would know the mind of God."

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A Brief History of Time tracks the history of how humans have developed new perceptions of time, space, matter, and energy, with an emphasis on modern physics.


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