George and the Big Bang

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Explore how the universe began—and thwart evil along the way—in this cosmic adventure from Stephen and Lucy Hawking that includes a graphic novel.

George has problems. He has twin baby sisters at home who demand his parents’ attention. His beloved pig Freddy has been exiled to a farm, where he’s miserable. And worst of all, his best friend, Annie, has made a new friend whom she seems to like more than George. So George jumps at the chance to help Eric with his plans to run a big experiment in Switzerland that seeks to explore the earliest moment of the universe. But there is a conspiracy afoot, and a group of evildoers is planning to sabotage the experiment. Can George repair his friendship with Annie and piece together the clues before Eric’s experiment is destroyed forever?

This engaging adventure features essays by Professor Stephen Hawking and other eminent physicists about the origins of the universe and ends with a twenty-page graphic novel that explains how the Big Bang happened—in reverse!
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Stephen Hawking was a brilliant theoretical physicist and is generally considered to have been one of the world’s greatest thinkers. He held the position of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge for thirty years and is the author of A Brief History of Time, which was an international bestseller. His other books for general readers include A Briefer History of Time, the essay collection Black Holes and Baby Universe, The Universe in a Nutshell, The Grand Design, and Black Holes: The BBC Reith Lectures, as well as the books in the George’s Secret Key series. He died in 2018.

Lucy Hawking, Stephen Hawking’s daughter, is a journalist and novelist. She is the coauthor of George’s Secret Key to the Universe, George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt, and George and the Big Bang, as well as the author of the adult novels Jaded and Run for Your Life. She lives in Cambridge with her son.

Garry Parsons is the award-winning illustrator of many books, including George’s Secret Key to the Universe, George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt, and George and the Big Bang by Lucy and Stephen Hawking; Billy’s Bucket by Kes Gray; and What’s Cool About School by Kate Agnew. He lives in London. Visit him at GarryParsons.co.uk.

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Publisher
Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Aug 28, 2012
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Pages
336
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ISBN
9781442440074
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Language
English
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Genres
Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure / General
Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic
Juvenile Fiction / Science & Technology
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This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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MELHOR VISUALIZADO EM TABLETS

Após o enorme sucesso de Uma breve história do tempo, a Intrínseca traz a luxuosa reedição de O universo numa casca de noz, na qual Stephen Hawking se vale de ilustrações, fotos e esquemas detalhados para mostrar grandes descobertas no campo da física teórica. Tudo isso, é claro, com sua conhecida clareza, elucidando temas complexos por meio de conceitos e ideias do dia a dia, como a inflação, as cartas de baralho e as linhas ferroviárias, e permeado com seu peculiar senso de humor.

            O livro traz muito da personalidade de Hawking, um dos maiores nomes da ciência atual e figura bem conhecida por suas ideias provocadoras e seu carisma. Ele guiará o leitor através do microcosmo quântico e do macrocosmo universal, discutindo as extraordinárias leis que regem o cosmos e as principais teorias hoje debatidas — o que também conta a saga de Hawking e dos físicos mais importantes de todos os tempos atrás do grande objetivo da ciência: a Teoria de Tudo. Para isso, serão apresentados conceitos caros à física teórica, como a supergravidade, a teoria quântica, a teoria-M, a holografia e a dualidade. Também são abordadas as propostas mais relevantes que desafiam o nosso entendimento atual de como funciona o universo.

            Com astronautas engolidos por buracos negros, viajantes do tempo, o debate sobre a origem do universo (e de todos nós), seu possível fim e a existência de vida em outras galáxias, além de curiosos questionamentos sobre o futuro biológico e tecnológico da humanidade em si, O universo numa casca de noz é leitura obrigatória para aqueles que querem se aventurar no que há de mais instigante hoje na física e para os que almejam ver como muitas vezes a teoria pode ser muito mais extraordinária do que a ficção científica. 

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