The Universe in a Nutshell

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The Universe in a Nutshell
File:Cover Universe in a nutshell.jpg
First edition cover
Author Stephen Hawking
Language English
Subject Theoretical Physics
Publisher Bantam Spectra
Publication date
Pages 224
ISBN 0-553-80202-X
OCLC 46959876
530.12 21
LC Class QC174.12 .H39 2001
Preceded by Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays
Followed by On The Shoulders of Giants

The Universe in a Nutshell is one of Stephen Hawking's books on theoretical physics. It 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). It tells the history and principles of modern physics. He brings us behind the scenes of the most intellectual tales as 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."[1]

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


  1. A Brief History of Relativity
  2. The Shape of Time
  3. The Universe in a Nutshell
  4. Predicting the Future
  5. Protecting the Past
  6. Our Future? Star Trek or Not?
  7. Brand New World
  8. Conclusion
  9. Glossary
  10. Index

See also


  1. The Universe in a Nutshell at