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Stephen Hawking's Universe

1997 ,    » 17 Comments
Ratings: 8.33/10 from 12 users.

Stephen Hawking's UniverseStephen Hawking's Universe is an astronomical documentary from 1997 made for the Public Broadcasting Service featuring the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. The author of the bestselling A Brief History of Time, presents here some of the most astonishing scientific advances in cosmological thought.

Interviews with renowned researchers combined with strikingly artistic cinematography set the stage for this down-to-earth production on the mysteries of our universe.

Relive the ingenuity of Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, Hubble, and Einstein in Seeing Is Believing. Despite diagnosis with ALS, Hawking completed his Ph.D., developing a theory describing the precise conditions for the Big Bang.

The history of chemistry, the periodic table, and Curie's radiation experiments in Cosmic Alchemy allowed Einstein's theory of relativity and revelations about the relationship between energy and matter. On the Dark Side delves into antimatter (proof that dark matter does exist), nutrinos, and nutrino hunters.

Thanks to radio astronomy, SETI (the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) is currently looking for alien communications in Black Holes and Beyond. Learn about quasars and the theoretical ramifications of black holes to the laws of physics.

An Answer to Everything challenges Hawking and other prominent scientists to try to resolve the mystery of how the Big Bang began. Hawking's series is easy to follow, but it doesn't skimp on scientific detail or shy away from challenging concepts. An outstanding tour of the universe!

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17 Comments / User Reviews

    D B
  1. D B

    my kinda doc :)

  2. Brent Jones
  3. Brent Jones

    5 hours? Damn. *sets up his cott*

  4. Epicurean_Logic
  5. Epicurean_Logic

    Three statisticians go duck hunting. The first one shoots and misses to the left. The second one shoots and misses to the right. The third one says,'We've hit!'

  6. Iain Nicoll
  7. Iain Nicoll

    What did the cheap physicist say to the car salesman?

    no thanks, I'll just take the standard model!

  8. Misa Amane
  9. Misa Amane

    Is it really? Woa.. that's some theory

  10. Misa Amane
  11. Misa Amane

    It's a MOCKumentary!! Damn, I hate these things.

  12. eireannach666
  13. eireannach666

    Ha ha. Yes sir that's it, but gotta admit it better than some saying "Ehh ill ask mom and dad!"

  14. His Forever
  15. His Forever

    Where does it say in the Bible that the sun rotates around the earth? They made that claim in the documentary that the Bible says such, but I've looked and I can't find that statement anywhere. I don't think that was an accurate statement.

  16. Epicurus
  17. Epicurus

    the church said the sun revolved around the earth because of these verses:

    "The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his
    place where he arose."

    Other biblical verses were interpreted as scriptural evidence that the
    Earth is fixed and immovable:

    Psalm 93:1
    "the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved."

    Psalm 104:5
    "Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever."

    1 Chronicles 16:30
    "the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved."

    so if the earth isnt moving clearly the sun is. no matter how you view these verses they are objectively wrong.

  18. His Forever
  19. His Forever

    I see. Yes, I've read that passage in Ecclesiastes. I thought that they might be referring to such passages indirectly.

    Psalm 93:1
    "the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved."

    Psalm 104:5
    "Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever."

    1 Chronicles 16:30
    "the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved."

    These passages mean the earth is God's eternal creation, but I can see how it can be used to mean something other than what it does mean in ages past. I can see how they can be interpreted that the earth is not in motion in space, especially before modern times.

    Similarly, even we today still talk about the "sunset" and the "sunrise" despite the knowledge of how the solar system is actually working. It's meaning is "objective" as you say.

    Peace to you! Nicely worded reply.

  20. Yeung Xiao
  21. Yeung Xiao

    The bible did not say earth was standing still, but religious people sure defended to the death. Remember that when interpreting scripture, you current interpretation might be as retarded as a earth centered universe.

  22. Guest
  23. Guest

    Joshua-10:13 Re: Habakkuk 3:11

    Were was said the Sun stood still, not going around the Earth, and was feared the Earth would be set on fire, therefore was thought the Sun revolved around the Earth.

  24. oklima
  25. oklima

    If Jesus did exist (which I very much doubt) then I'm pretty sure he must have been gay.

  26. Ali WeeDMaN
  27. Ali WeeDMaN

    The Big Bang theory, the Universe was once in an extremely hot and dense state which expanded rapidly. 1920's A.D
    Have those who disbelieved not considered that the heavens and the earth were a joined ((entity)), and We separated them and made from water every living thing? Then will they not believe? (30)
    And the heaven We constructed with strength, and indeed, We are [its] expander. (47) The holy Quran 600 A.D

    This is the truth if you choose to believe ...

  28. Fred Schwartz
  29. Fred Schwartz

    To Ali
    It has been said that the public suffers from scientific illiteracy.
    It is absolutely true as your comments attest. I urge all to at least take a course in astronomy or evolution. But most will not do that.
    And so many will live, and die in ignorance.
    Education is expensive, but ignorance is more expensive and it kills.

    Thank you,


  30. Ali WeeDMaN
  31. Ali WeeDMaN

    Man i didn't mean any abuse to any one .. so there is no need for these general hidden Insults.
    GOD say's in the holy Quran
    There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong.

  32. your god isnt real
  33. your god isnt real

    your name is ali weedman a slight pseudonym describing your faith and drug habits. i smoke it too but dont have to tell everyone about it the quran is a book that was written relativly recently and just piggybacks the other religions of its time, your ignorance is rather scary and i pity your life and anyone who calls you "son".

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