A Brief History Of Time Soapstone Essay

481 WordsApr 27, 20122 Pages
At the end of the 19th century, scientists thought that they knew almost everything about the universe and that there were only a few gaps remaining to be filled in. However, they couldn’t have been more wrong as the scientific discoveries of the next century—the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics—drastically changed the way they looked at the universe forever. Rapid development of scientific understanding, communication, transportation, and technology completely transformed the world. A century that began with horses, simple cars, and simple ships ended with luxury cars, airplanes, computers, and hypersonic jets. Amidst the era, humans even explored space and set foot on the moon for the first time! These massive technological advancements that demonstrated the power of human reason influenced Stephen Hawking to write the extremely popular A Brief History of Time. In the book, Hawking explores various topics relating to metaphysics, theology, and cosmology. Some of the prominent ideas and sub-topics of the book include: the singularity of the big bang in the theory of relativity; Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle; Quantum mechanics; elementary particles; wave particle duality; density, energy, and entropy of a black hole; the laws of thermodynamics; absolute time, the speed of light, light cones; time traveling, white holes; a grand unified theory. Since the book is not meant to be a textbook, Hawking does not go too in-depth and rather mainly speaks slightly broadly, focusing more on the implications of the concepts. He speaks with no real noticeable bias. Although Hawking is an atheist, he does not attack religion nor endorse his beliefs. He actually gives very convincing arguments for both the existence of God and for His nonexistence in order to remain balanced and unprejudiced. One can take it as support for the existence of God that the values of

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