Thursday, May 7, 2009

Stephen W. Hawking: Einsteins Traum

some years ago, i tried to read "A brief history of time", and gave up after chapter 2. now i came across this collection of lectures, which also includes some personal essays from Hawking about his life, and about writing the brief history of time.

i am still struggling with the idea of an imaginary time which runs perpendicular to the common timeline. and with the idea that time and space tends to bend under specific circumstances. i guess, Hawking's humour is the variable that lets me read it.

some lectures are also available online, here. make sure to check out the last one, "Life in the Universe" - "In this talk, I would like to speculate a little, on the development of life in the universe, and in particular, the development of intelligent life. I shall take this to include the human race, even though much of its behaviour through out history, has been pretty stupid, and not calculated to aid the survival of the species."

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