Like many in the community of theoretical physicists, Professor Hawking is after the Grail of science-the Theory of Everything that lies at the heart of the cosmos. He involves us in the attempts at uncovering its secrets-from supergravity to supersymmetry, from quantum theory to M-theory, from holography to duality, and now, at the very frontiers of science, superstring theory and p-branes. He shares his eagerness to
"combine Einstein's General Theory of Relativity and Richard Feynman's idea of multiple histories into a complete unified theory that will describe everything that happens in the universe."
With characteristic exuberance, Hawking invites us to be fellow travelers on this extraordinary voyage through spacetime.
Explaining cosmology to a popular audience is a difficult task, but Hawking has the gift of making extraordinarily complex concepts understandable. An eminent theoretical physicist at Cambridge University and author of the best-selling A Brief History of Time, Hawking here describes scientists' latest theories about the origin, structure, and evolution of the universe. The book's title refers both to its purpose as a summary of current cosmological thinking and to the particular theory of imaginary time as a "tiny, slightly flattened sphere." The helpful color illustrations, which comprise about half of the book, clarify the surreal aspects of the universe, such as the shape of time and the ten or 11 dimensions in which we exist. Hawking's occasional wit and his ability not to take himself too seriously help place our strange universe in a more human context. Highly recommended for all libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/01.] Jeffrey Beall, Univ. of Colorado Lib., Denver Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.