The Universe in a Nutshell is a 2001 book about theoretical physics by Stephen Hawking.[1][2] It is generally considered a sequel and was created to update the public concerning developments since the multi-million-copy bestseller A Brief History of Time published in 1988.


In it Hawking explains to a general audience various matters relating to the Lucasian professor's work, such as Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem and P-branes (part of superstring theory in quantum mechanics). He tells the history and principles of modern physics. He seeks to "combine Einstein's General Theory of Relativity and Richard Feynman's idea of multiple histories into one complete unified theory that will describe everything that happens in the universe."[3]

The Universe in a Nutshell is winner of the Aventis Prizes for Science Books 2002.
See also

Roger Penrose
Kip Thorne
Physical cosmology
List of textbooks on classical and quantum mechanics
List of books on general relativity


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The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time (1973) A Brief History of Time (1988) Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays (1993) The Nature of Space and Time (1996) The Universe in a Nutshell (2001) On the Shoulders of Giants (2002) A Briefer History of Time (2005) God Created the Integers (2005) The Grand Design (2010) The Dreams That Stuff Is Made Of (2011) Brief Answers to the Big Questions (2018)


George's Secret Key to the Universe (2007) George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt (2009) George and the Big Bang (2011) George and the Unbreakable Code (2014) George and the Blue Moon (2016)


My Brief History (2013)


A Brief History of Time (1991) Hawking (2004) Hawking (2013) The Theory of Everything (2014)


God, the Universe and Everything Else (1988) Stephen Hawking's Universe (1997 documentary) Stephen Hawking: Master of the Universe (2008 documentary) Genius of Britain (2010 series) Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking (2010 series) Brave New World with Stephen Hawking (2011 series) Genius by Stephen Hawking (2016 series)


Jane Wilde Hawking (first wife) Lucy Hawking (daughter)


In popular culture Black hole information paradox Thorne–Hawking–Preskill bet

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