Into The Universe With Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking hosts an epic brand new kind of cosmology series, a Planet Earth of the heavens.
It takes the world's most famous scientific mind and sets it free, powered by the limitless possibilities of computer animation.
Hawking gives us the ultimate guide to the universe, a ripping yarn based on real science, spanning the whole of space and time - from the nature of the universe itself, to the chances of alien life, and the real possibility of time travel.
Aliens. Hawking joins science and imagination to explore one of the most important mysteries facing humankind - the possibility of alien, intelligent life and the likelihood of future "contact." Traveling from the moons of Jupiter to a galaxy maybe not so far, far away, he'll introduce us to possible alien life forms - in stunning CGI - that face the same universal trials of adaptation and survival as the residents of Earth.
Time Travel. The promise of time travel has long been one of the world's favorite scientific "what-ifs?" Hawking explores all the possibilities, warping the very fabric of time and space as he goes. From killing your grandfather to riding a black hole, we learn the pitfalls and the prospects for a technology that could quite literally, change everything.
The Story of Everything. In two mind-blowing hours, Hawking reveals the wonders of the cosmos to a new generation. Delve into the mind of the world's most famous living scientist and reveal the splendor and majesty of the universe as never seen before. See how the universe began, how it creates stars, black holes and life — and how everything will end.
I have to say, some of the comments on this thread are nothing short of hilarious. The nerve of some people!
I have spent years (albeit casually) exploring aspects of the universe through documentaries such as this, and have not once been inclined to make bold statements like some of you have. Admittedly there are a few sound comments here and there but, sadly, the majority are total and utter .... (Insert expletive).
Unless you have qualifications comparable to that of Stephen Hawking, your word, in this context, carries little if any weight. This does not mean I discourage any radical thinking, because we would not know as much as we do without it....but there is a huge difference between the recorded statements from one of the greatest minds humanity has ever produced and that of, quite frankly, ignorant viewers.
These documentaries have been a fascinating watch. They have pushed me to ponder and even read up on incredibly complex topics. Quantum Mechanics and the behaviour of subatomic particles continue to baffle some of the world's greatest minds - it just doesn't make sense - yet we know it to be true. Take the double slit experiment for example.
Just because something is beyond your understanding, does not make it crazy. In future, maybe join in the discussion with a little more humility...?
If you are not a physicist with an extraordinary capacity to use mathematics, don't presume you can argue. They are in a different place trying to make what they know conceivable to us as best they can. Accept!
Where can i find the last 3 episodes?
Episode 1: Aliens.
Episode 2: Time Travel.
Episode 3: The Story of Everything
Episode 4: Did God create the universe?
Episode 5: The meaning of life.
Episode 6: The key to the cosmos.
These are fantastic. And the little surprise of Ben Cumberbatch narrating is delightful.
if texastea2 doesn't yet understand the difference between a hypothesis and a theory, how would texastea2 know that when space-time is warped the speed of light limit doesn't apply. no one here can teach you something you will never be able to understand (i.e. the theory of relativity).
gravity explained posits a new outlook for the actual mechanism with or without einstein
absolute relativity theory of everything posits a totally new way of thinking
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Nothing can ever go faster than light. Sorry but that is not a PROVEN fact.
It is like the rest of science has become. They state theories as fact. The LHC is just that a collider. All of this boasting of conditions just billionth's of a second after the big bang. Nonsense. All you prove is that by colliding this element at this speed I produced this. You know nothing about the big bang. The only bang in the universe that has no epicenter.
First of all the only way you scientist "proved" the big bang was by breaking another "law" you devised to fit in your equations.That is all any of this is (mathematical equations). Nothing goes faster than light with the exception of galaxies far away from us expanding away from us apparently faster than light or the best one was "in the early expansion of the universe space itself expanded faster than light". That was because without that exception the big bang is impossible (at least when they say it happened).I am still not convinced. One can explain the observable universe just as well if not better by substituting gravity with electromagnetism. At least then you would not have to break your own "laws" over and over.
proves the existence of God
Maths monkeys and matter,i love science it is so beautiful elegant and inspirational. Nothing is set in stone and everything is out to be disproved it is the purest form- freedom of thought,that will advance mans journey into the future.How i love that my country is classed the most atheist on earth,religion in my country exists mostly from immigrants that will be taught Darwinian evolution and thus in turn start turning there country's down the road of science and education and not faith nor belief.
During The Story of Everything 00:33:56 he said we are 2/3 of the way out from the center... but in the text it said 3/4. Sorry about the post. I just had to put that out there.
First of all, miss astronomy girl, you don't have to know friggin intellectual jargon to come up with a theory of everything. Sure it helps tremendously to convince smart people that you may be right. Thats why its called a theory. Few have been recognized in the science community pertaining to "everything" yet a theory is a theory. I have many theories for many things but im no phd mf who took 8-10 years of school. Just because you know some terms in a physics book and an astronomy book means, doesn't been you can batter people who have a theory of some sort. If you truely, truely were an any kind of intelect of any proportion you would honor someones theory unless the theory was the universe was **** out of the animal of another realm, for example. Btw photons do exist you r*tard. Thats what the mass is, in light. Or so the s community has classified it.
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Tusharika Joshi, Hawking is far from the greatest scientist or physicist. i would even say Leonard Susskind is better (after all he won the "black hole war" and is one of the fathers of string theory).
How can you really compare him to someone like Heisenberg, Bohr or Newton?
I am trying to watch" Into the Universe with Stephen Hawkins, The story of everything" on the science channel, However, It's vary difficult to follow what is being said because the back ground music is so loud a person has to strain to hear over the music. At times it's ok, but, to often the music takes over and dominates the program. Such a shame!!
As much as I admire Sir Stephen - I am afraid to say he is wrong in many ways. His vision and comprehension is not complete: 1. the universe will certainly not end in a big crunch !! This is a totally absurd notion for many reasons - available in print shortly from amazon Absolute Relativity - The Theory of Everything. Newton put us on the right tracks - unfortunately his life was not long enough to give us the theory. Then Einstein put us all off the scent. dont get me wrong they are all my heroes not to mentionn divinci. The simple fact is that 2. Light does not determine its own velocity - this is a completely childish notion. Einstein had lead all astray on this one because of e=mc2. It was important and of course it relevant in our little space which we call home. 3. The speed of light is determined by the speed of expansion of the universe locally!! That is completely obvious. 4. Light is nothing more than a mass less particle - and it does what it is told by the Premier dimension which NO scientist has ever thought of apart from Newton that is!! If it where not for Einstein we would have had the The Theory of Everything last century. As it happens I have found it! Which will be printed by amazon this month.5. This dimension sort out all kinds of problems including the Horizon Problem = why one side of the universe is the same temp as it opposite face which is some 40 billion light years !!!! of course under the current way in which we consider the unviverse that is absurd and you would never find the answer because there is no answer if using the existing rules of physics.. 6. The horizon problems is so simply sorted out because the distance may be huge but the time ( event time - not minkowskis temporal time ) = a big fat ZERO. Which means each side of the universe has the same time and distance is a complete irrelevance. 7. The completly forgotten dimension ( Premier dimension - Euclids and Einsteins x,y,z, + spherical geometry courtesy of 900B>C al jayyani IS PUTTING US RIGHT OFF THE TRACK!!!!! 8. ( 7 previously ) is completely determined by the TRUE Premier dimension which has never really been thought of except NEWTON - and Myself. 9. Nothing happens in the universe unless you have the first dimension - which thanks to Euclid now has to be the 4th!!! ALL COCKED up and confused.- Amazon Absolute Relativity - Theory of Everything available march this year 2012. Speed of light determination is just the introduction. Then get onto some more interesting subjects such as the why the universe will self destruct in <1 second. Think about it!! The universe is a dimension of 1 dimension - you either have a dimension or you dont. How can a dimension dissapear by small degrees such as the big god damn crunch. This is a ridiculous notion for the mind of a child. The universe will dissapear in a flash - which includes everything. And we would have absolutely no idea it had happened as we would be part of its collapse. But there is hope dont worry - every atom since an atom was produced - has been recorded at the tape rate of 300,000km/s every second since the big bang has been recorded !
but didn't humans find an atom that goes faster than the speed of light?
Stephen hawking your so right and beside i was reading that humans should be scare of aliens and well it's good it's good and i like the way you're imagining i like your imagining
Hawking is really a greatest scientist ever!
now i have calmed down i will write with some etiquette, as the mass all ends in black holes and all the black holes consume all mass to a singularity point and less mass is taking force ie solar systems.I/we can conclude that when only black holes exist they will attract each other until one black hole exists resulting in the next big bang pressure can only be maintained by the laws and when pressure is larger than the constructive and retaining force it will eject as the mass will be the same (theory) this is a never ending cycle.I suggest that e=mc2 is true and the pattern happens over and over again but this still results in external power to regenerate.Iamonkey@hotmail.co.uk is my email if you want facts over fiction.
Since color results from the absorption of visible light, it is important to examine what happens to a molecule when it absorbs a photon, or quantum of light. Molecules and atoms absorb light only when the energy of an impinging photon matches the energy difference between the state in which the molecule initially finds itself and some excited state of the molecule. To change from a lower quatized energy level to a higher one, the energy of the photon must match the energy gap between the levels. In equation form we can write
Elower state + Ephoton = Eupper state
That is, in order for light absorption to take place,
Ephoton = h = Emolecule = Eupper state - Elower state
on a final note i never actually comment ever!!!.It shows how angry i am about bad math bad education and well bull**** but the license of bull**** is ridiculous just watch the film with the sound off.E=mc2 has given ****** license to manipulate math to own accords sponsorship of ****** funding ******.
so many flaws exist in this it becomes as funny as god had a child called Jesus
radiation would not strip the ozone
I'm not sure the car engine sound analogy is a good explanation of doppler shift in the universe.
How can we really be certain the universe is speeding up, the light from these galaxies and stars is already very far away and would be seen as redshift anyway, at least from our own perspective on earth.
I know there was a team who did the supa nova experiments, but still it does not prove conclusively that this redshift would not simply be redshift because of space and distance already, no one has proven more redshift than there was at the time of Edwin Hubble, so as far as im concerned, there is no proof the universe is speeding up, the universe may well be fairly static, and space itself may be expanding, nobody knows and these theories are just that.
It a very interesting doc. I don't quite understand the perfection of our solar system as stated by him in a universe of imperfection. He says we were lucky for this to happen as in the case of movement of galaxies due to gravity or formation of metals. Intelligent design is again disregarded by genius Stephen Hawking. Even when he talks about dark energy and physical laws governing it, its still in nascent state. I would really appreciate if someone could shed more light about perfection and imperfection of the universe.
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Hawking's metaphor about alien colonization falls apart when you consider that the subjects of his metaphor, humans, are ourselves searching for extraterrestrial life with no intention of colonization, but mere scientific fascination.
Okay. I didn't swear. @_@ The stars should say great.
I don't know how stupid this is, or if anyone else thought about it, but wouldn't it be great if the mad scientist missed and the past 'him' went to try again on the next 'him' who was a minute behind? What an awkward scenario. XP
I enjoyed reading your post. I do have a bit of a funny-bone and your bit about Entropy is along the same lines I've been thinking for awhile.
Do you feel that life be termed, most simply, an Entropy-Fighting Machine? This idea seems to explain why most humans value asthetics and have a fairly consistent concept of Beauty. We seem to enjoy cleaning our environments with an almost OCD-like compulsion. When I've pondered why, the idea of an Entropy Fighting Machine is about all I can come up with.
Stephen Hawking is touted as the "greatest mind on the planet," but I find his basic premise in "Into the Universe" to be quite false. Scientists have given scientific names to I believe 23 "humanoids" preceding Homo Sapiens. They all came into existence and ceased to exist in less than a million years, a moment in geological time. Hawking suggests that a million years from now Homo Sapiens will be desperately attempting to maintain their existence on nother planets. Nonsense. Why in the world would he imagine there won't be another 23 versions, all more highly developed, even using only existing evolutionary mechanisms? Homo sapiens at that time will be an historic curiosity.
We claim to "understand" the genetic code. More nonsense. That won't be true until we can manipulate and modify the code at our whim, creating any sort of organism we imagine. That capability will certainly be achieved in just a few generations, and then enhanced. Higher intelligence? Piece of cake. For years we have doubled the intelligence of our electronic brains every year and a half. In a million years there won't be 23 new versions, but more like millions of them. If it's at all useful, the intelligence of dozens of current species could be increased to that of Homo sapiens.
Dr. Hawking is relatively high in intelligence, but apparently deficient in imagination. As Einstein stated, imagination is more significant than intelligence in the progress of science.
You probably don't have the space for this, but my second complaint about the video is that more than 90% of the imagery may only be seen on a television set. Stars amd galaxies streaming past the camera on the left and right as it travels tens and thousands of times faster than the speed of light. As we approach the speed of light all the imagery in front of our vehicle is compressed to a point directly in front of us, and that behind us is compressed to another point of light. Until they both disappear as their wavelengths take them out of the visual spectrum. And by definition nothing can exceed the speed of light. These points should have at least been mentioned.
So many comments. Aliens have already been here, the ones who are say 4.5 billion years ahead of us. To them our universe and Galaxy is like a cosmic playground. They are probably at maxium knowledge in the capabilities of traveling the vast distances.
I am fixated on how a worm hole can be expanded to human size. Even if time travel seems unlikly through this method it would be neat to see a portal... and what innovative thinking.
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99.9% correct. Very good choice, whomever made that decision.
I've just arrived in here, and have not yet read far into the posts, but @ post #8 in ref to posts #6 #7 - I actually found it quite clever, regardless of a small typo stuff up. It was quite clear that this is all it was. Way to fail eyepoppin.
As for 'wasting' money on social issues, it is by investing money in said things that science is infact benefitted greatly.
I don't even need google (or prior knoweledge) to know that it is unlikely that Stephen Hawkings attended a public school and/or had Dad bouncing Mum off of the walls every other night after his evening bottle; homework is already difficult enough in getting started, let alone finished. Self esteem, adequate sustenance and understanding how to socially interact
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Stephen Hawkings has not only a very rare LEVEL of intelligence, it is also a very rare TYPE of intelligence. Both are neccesary in order for him to do what he has for science - and he had to do so much of it, for the greater part, with the scientiffic community working against him. Who's laughing now eh? My point here is that little 'Stephens' could be running around anywhere right now. We need as many as we can get.
Stephen Hawkins strikes me as the Mass Media Poster Child for what they want you to think a genius is and what he thinks.
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Carl Sagan's Cosmos, episode 4 I believe. Deals with red shift and blue shift as well.
Actually... If there was a way to expand space behind you and compress it in front of you while traveling at or near the speed of light, it will be possible to travel faster than the speed of light without actually breaking the speed of light (which I believe is impossible because of the many wacky paradoxes that form when traveling to the past.) and therefore travel great distances in littler time.
In other words, by expanding and contracting space you can move through it in a way that would seem as the space is moving around you and not the other way around. I believe I have seen a good explanation of this theory somewhere on this website but don't remember the name of the documentary.
no man can be like him.hawking is just awesome.
i like your shows cuz i can get everything which is requried to me.thanx for making such type of shows by which we getting lots of knowdlage.
personaly, I'm baffled by all this, for me it's obvious that there must be something else out there! in fact, lots of somethings! I think it's rather egocentric and dumb to even consider being alone, just because of the sheer size of the cosmos! As to alien contact..it absolutly fascinates me that there are creatures out there who we probably will never even realize existed, it blows me away to think about the possible umungous number of advanced civilizations that have existed and have already been left behind, forgotten and burried by the unforgiving reality that is time; crushes me to imagine the infinite number of civilizations that are yet to exist and prosper and finally unavoidably vanish. the bottom-line is that I'm convinced that alies do exist, I'm also convinced that we, the human race, will never ever see one! we are indeed tiny, but beyond tiny, we're pety..we will carry out our own desctruction before anyone else out there has the change to! I wonder how they will react once our tuned up greeting card gets intercepted by an alien civilization! probably what a glorious that will be in that far away world! I just hope we are lucky enough that someone else out there took the liberty to act as we did, seeking out neighbours and friends in the vastness of space, and sent an undeniable proof of the remote existence of intelligence! I could write about this all day long..but in the end, it's on earth that we stand and it's earth we have to worry about! it's beautiful to send our minds woundering through space an time and in the end I think that that ability to understand and seek conprehension of what's out there has the ability to give us all perspetive! although I also agree that there are more pressing matters on our own backyard. Stephen Hawking is a genius (lacking a stronger word) who fought through desease just because of his love and fascination for the place we live in and someone , who in the end, contributed to science in a way tha few have, in a time of all-knowing frenzy such as ours! LONG LIVE STEPHEN HAWKING! LOVE YOU MAN!
I thought the part about time travel was interesting. However he forgot to explain the most basic fact, no surprise he's a genius after all.
We travel time all the time already, we just do it one second at a time.
So from what i have watched so far Hawkins subscribes to the theory that time is linear and we are the pinnacle, the height of evolution. There are a few anomalies he forgets, like the pyramids in Egypt, south America and other things that were seemingly impossible to build at the time, and he also said we know more about the universe now than ever before, which is probably true, but, again he makes no mention of the advanced knowledge of the heavens that some ancient civilisations had, way before the west, i guess that wouldn’t fit in.
I would have liked it if he explored the possibilities that time runs in cycles as the Vedic texts and Mayans suggested.
IMO, we should concentrate on the earth, we have got so many problems we can’t seem to sort out here, lets sort those out first then think about space, time travel.
Suppose if the existence of life itself was a fundamental physical certainty inherent in the universe itself?
We are here (or so we perceive we are at least), we have the concept of consciousness, this consciousness is apparently seeking to unify its theories of existence.
It seems silly to ignore the fact that the absorption of light by our eyes, our physical vibration in the physical universe, our translation of vibrations into electrochemical energy by our ears and the fact that these, and all mine and all your own, physical processes are all intrinsic parts of the physicality of the universe and life is unique physical phenomena.
The very chemistry of life creates a layer of matter on this planet seemingly coexistent with and part of a layer of water, life here has a radioactive signature even - blaring radiation throughout space- even before this we were creating "noise" and in this we and this noise of life must effect the universe as a whole in some way and the phenomena of perpetuated energy we know as life has a energetic "signature" if you will! just like microwave radiation or infrared life is both massive (in that it has mass) and is a "waveform" also -in that it stretches back into the history of our ancestors and projects forwards in our descendants- it has mass although that mass is transmutable thought out the waveform- when we die the mass of our bodies is gone but our "signature" continues and evolves exponentially(we hope! if im right its an inevitability!)
Just as we perceive the effects of a supernova on a nearby galaxy through radioactive and gravitational force then this "noise of life" must effect the universe around us ( we are effectively shouting across the stars with all our broadcasts in the modern era!
I wonder what might hear us or shout in reply? maybe contact with aliens is inevitable and this "life force"- for want of a less mystical sounding term is pretty much a physical certainty- maybe the universe simply propagates energy in this way and evolves along with life and vice-versa- we are a part of the universe after all, (or are we? insert matrix style existentialist query here, are we really here? and is the grass really green?)
We should factor in both our physical existence and our physical signatures effect on the universe as a whole when attempting to postulate a "theory of everything" -which always sounded a bit silly to me anyhow imagine it;
"I have a theory of everything! What? Everything? Yes , everything!! OK... then what's in my pocket? erm......."
Isn't the third law of thermodynamics kinda wrong in so much that life is a perpetual force of organization of matter directly opposed to random badger hat incredulity shoe-box .... sorry i meant entropy for those with no funny bone- I thought fermi right be might there for a second... oh maybe he was... maybe we just needed a fourth law that sits in partial opposition to the third -a law that supposes a fundamental order to the universe in the perpetual resonance of ordered and structured matter that is life - or maybe it was just wrong and rising entropy is not the absolute constant we think/thought it was. bold i know but I'm right i reckon, been thinking about this a good while.
I have many more thoughts on this but for now... My questions are thus?
What affect does the life on earth all its humming and buzzing have on its gravity and the gravity of Jupiter for instance? and vice-versa of course? or the sun? or zeta reticule? or the spiny gravity thing... that may or may not be a black hole... at the middle of the milky way?
You couldn't get a more biological reference for the biggest thing in our skies! So why then? Are we not considering the biology of the universe and ourselves in its physical interactions and our theories of gravity and such? The physics of water seem so very odd in comparison to other elements too and we are seemingly a continuous reaction perpetuating as part of and symbiotic with this stuff - are we just like a fizzing sodium in a petri dish of water- are we simply a reaction? or is it more complex than that? it would seem so cos none of it adds up just yet.
We are perpetual but our matter is constantly renewed through our life cycles and perpetuated through death by our offspring. We are seemingly very old- even in comparison to the universe, in our current understanding of its timescales, life is no spring chicken- if life as we know it evolved at a particular moment in space-time in reaction to, or as a consequence of, other physical processes to fill a gap so to speak!
- to provide a force of that is both ordered and chaotic at once- much like the fact that a particle can be both a waveform and a massive particle. life can be considered as matter or a perpetual energetic force. life if considered over time often shares but doesn't consist of the same massive particles it consisted of before-n you are not the same body of particles you were last week are you?(at least seemingly it doesn't HAVE to consist of the same particles which is my point) but it appears as a consistent reaction or "waveform" with a resonance all the way back to the primordial ooze (or whatever it was) that is continually evolving in its structure and appearance.
On the other hand if you were to "freeze" this reaction in time and "capture a particle" of life then you are presented with a body that has observably has mass but in analyzing or observing its mass you lose the ability to observe its place in the waveform view of life - all the life on earth in fact if halted in time would have a specific mass but in observing this you would have halted its progress through time and not observed the qualities life has as a perpetual force or wave.
HeHe heres another, Isn't it possible to consider life as a form of radiation?
We procreate - seemingly we have this in common with stars in their so called "nurserys". We put Sodium into petri dishes and acknowledge we are not quite as simple a physical phenomenon of this type. We are a reaction amongst the matter not just of it. I put it to you that physics is out of touch with humanity but not in the way it thinks it is. I put it to you that the music of life is as important as heat, light and gravity in the physical machinations of the universe. pretty cool? huh? or am i just crazy?
One thing I do know is im certainly not as naive as some who think the answers are all found or we have all the theories that might matter in our everyday lives or stupid enough to believe or seek a theory of everything- you would effectively be god and the universe (or you) would have to cease to exist as it would all collapse into the space behind your eyes where the whole universe would suddenly became as clear as day and completely nonexistent at the same time as your understanding of it in its entirely would simultaneously force it to collapse into nothing and explode into everything all at once.
perhaps there was a big bang and "god" or "the singularity" -ie. everything suddenly became forced to become nothing- perhaps the whole of existence is a sophisticated ever resonating flip between void and substance and we are the vibrations dancing on this metaphysical rubber sheet, like a trampoline where you are effectively bouncing on both sides at the same time.
like coexisting between genius and mental all at once, i dunno what you reckon?
Thanks for reading
"It’s a testiment to humanity that we can actually work with and define infinity with pencil and paper."
ok i will give this a try for you infinity, infinity +1, infinity +2, infinity +3, infini . . .
Has anyone got an infinite sheet of paper handy?
You can work in maths with the concept of infinity but isnt it by definition an intangible and inconceivable concept?
although an interesting man i met said this once
"infinite conciousness is the only truth, everything else is illusion" infinity may well become tangible if we were to consider ourselves infinite.