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The Theory Of Everything Book Report

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Since the dawn of the man we have been wanderers and explorers, looking up at the night sky, studying the stars, and pondering the origin of them. How did we get here? Who are we? Why are we here? Why does anything exist? These are questions that have baffled us since we first looked to the stars, and still do continue to linger amongst us. Will we ever know the answer to these questions? This cannot be easily answered, for we uncover new mysteries every day, but with the uncovering of one mystery, comes the discovery of another. In Steven Hawking’s “The Grand Design” and the “Theory of Everything” he discusses these mysteries that have dominated our lives since the beginning. Starting with a brief history of our understanding of the universe, he quickly delves into the topics of the big bang, black holes, the forces that govern our universe, and he addresses other theoretical theories. By the end of these books the reader is left off with a more insightful view of the scientific universe that encompasses them.
In the beginning humans looked to the nightly sky in wonder. They studied the stars, and created theories to explain the phenomena that they experienced every moment. Until about 546 BCE humans had always believed the Gods were the explanation to all phenomena. It wasn’t until Thales of Miletus that humans found out that the world could be understood. Thales is credited for being the first man to predict what a solar eclipse was. Before his time there were similar myths to that of the Vikings. That when wolves catch the sun or the moon a solar eclipse will occur, and that people must therefore scream as loud as the can until the wolves are scared away. Such a theory as that of the Vikings would be seen as absurd in today’s time, and it was for this absurdity that drove people such as Aristotle to uncover the truth. Aristotle (384 BCE – 322 BCE) was one of the first major scientists of the human race. Until Aristotle, people had thought that the earth was flat, and that if you ventured too far, you would fall off of it. Aristotle discovered that by looking at the Earth’s shadow on the moon and seeing it to be round, the Earth must be a sphere, rather than a flat surface, because only a sphere could cast a circular shadow. Finally he questioned why only the tips of sails appear on the horizon of the sea, when just moments later the whole ship appears as it moves closer. Many of the theories of his time were based off of experience rather than mathematical solutions. His explanation for why the planets come towards the earth was because they yearn to be with the earth, and his explanation to why objects in motion slow down and eventually stop, is because the objects get tired. Theories such as these held sway for nearly two thousand years, and were not challenged until a man named Nicholaus Copernicus stated that the earth was not the center of all things, that the earth in fact revolved around the sun, along with all other planets in the...

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