Theories of relativity and other such quantum advances are rarely mentioned without partnership to one name: Stephen Hawking. Mr. Hawking has produced many works that have allowed for deeper research in specific categories of science and physics. His 2001 novel The Universe in a Nutshell includes his research and findings into advances of scientific fields such as quantum mechanics and quantum gravity. Below the reader will be able to find out more about Stephen, take a deeper look into the topics covered in this novel and how the book itself reads out.
Stephen Hawking is mainly known for his research in the fields of quantum physics and sub-topic research revolving around gravity. He has also been known for his in-depth looks into the research styles and information from historical sources ranging from Albert Einstein to Isaac Newton. He is also widely known for his extensive knowledge despite his battle with ALS and complete paralysis stemming from this condition. He has been published for many other works that he has completed in his years of extensive research and studies. This novel, itself, is an extension of his previous works. It can be used as an updated version of his previous works that includes some extra studies and new research findings that have gained relevance due to the times.
The beginning of his book takes a historical analysis on the works of Einstein regarding the theories of relativity and the idea of quantum mechanics. These first two chapters cover each of these pieces separately and then Hawking gives his input on how these ideas are connected in science. Each chapter introduces each topic, goes over the historical findings and research, and then leads to a further explanation of each. Hawking uses these first two chapters to mainly introduce his ideas and set the framework for the rest of the book.
Chapter three, which also bears the title of the novel, is the attempt to bind these two theories together. By encountering enough resistance, Stephen explains how the explanation beyond the shaping of the universe could be told through multiple scopes, and led to separate stories. This conflict has lead for Stephen to draw some additional conclusions as to what these separate begins entail and he discusses these in this chapter leading into chapter four. Chapter four takes a more scientific approach rather than theories, leading the reader to believe that black holes prevent the ability for us to look into the future.
Chapter five is often a highly debated subject for most individuals as it discusses the possibilities of time travel. Stephen makes claims that the ability to time travel could be a possibility if a civilization was developed enough to use the probabilities that have been historically documented to do so. The chances are slim due to these probabilities not holding enough wait in total or in combination to produce such an outcome such as time travel. Chapter six goes on to discuss advancements and human development increases that could lead for an interesting future outcome. Stephen goes on to discuss how human development is often fast tracked in today’s world and this increase will lead to new possibilities and outcomes years down the road.
The final chapter, as in most of Hawking’s novels, usually leaves the reader in a deep train of thought and questioning some of their individual beliefs. This book leaves nothing short of the imagination to be in play. He discusses his p-brane theory which mostly deals with quantum gravity. It protests that if these theories are indeed true, the world might not actually be in existence and it is merely a reflection of things. It is a lot for readers to wrap their minds around, but it is nothing short of shear brilliance from Mr. Hawking that is described in its entirety.
This novel makes for an interesting read for those interested in taking a deeper look into the thoughts that run through a mind like Mr. Hawking’s. It is also a good read for those looking to learn more about universal development and advancements that we have already made up to this point. The futuristic look at things often leaves readers skeptical, but that can often be expected when reading from the perspective of one Stephen Hawking. The read is rather difficult for those who lack sufficient knowledge in these fields and it is highly recommended that the reader check out some of Hawking’s earlier works before diving into this complex masterpiece. The simplicity of seven chapters is nice for the reader and their relations to one another keep you interested throughout. Keep an open mind and remain optimistic when reading; this will make your experience with the novel positive and you’ll be enlightened by the genius and research that went in to developing these thoughts.