The Theory of Everything Book Report

2605 WordsJun 18, 201811 Pages
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…show more content…
However, there was a flaw in his laws of gravity, if objects of greater mass attract objects of lesser mass, then why do the planets not fall into the sun, and why do stars not cluster? His answer for this problem was much like the answer of everyone before him, that it was God keeping the planets in orbit. It was not until in 1916, when theoretical physicist Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) created the Theory of General Relativity, which gave the answer to Newton’s problem. As Einstein looked out of his window he imagined a man in free fall, how it would look to the observer, and then he imagined what this man in free fall would look like if he were in a falling elevator. He thought that if Newton’s laws of gravity were correct, then the man should remain with his feet planted to the floor of the elevator as it falls; however, the man realistically would not have his feet planted, but rather would appear to be floating in the center of the elevator. Einstein thought to himself that Newton had to be wrong, that there was no way objects pulled other objects towards it. After eight years of research Einstein finally came up with a solution. This solution stated that objects are not pulled towards anything; rather objects of lesser mass are pushed towards the object of larger mass. This is because matter bends the space around it. This space is known as
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