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STEPHEN HAWKING AND THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

4.3 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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The legendary physicist's search for the secrets of the universe How did the universe come into being? Why are we here? And where are we headed? Stephen Hawking--one of the world's most famous physicists and author of the international bestseller A Brief History of Time--wants to answer those questions. Trying to unify Einstein's theory of relativity and quantum mechanics, he seeks a single explanation for the entire universe. But he's racing against time, trapped in a relentlessly deteriorating body ravaged by Lou Gehrig's disease. Join Hawking and other renowned thinkers as they explore the revolutionary new ideas that have evolved since the publication of his blockbuster book. Besides interviews, this stimulating documentary uses computer graphics and simple, easy-to-understand demonstrations to explain complex concepts. Topics include black holes, string theory, supersymmetry, dimensions beyond our perception, and the mysterious M force--all potential keys to unlocking the elusive "theory of everything" that seems so tantalizingly close. Features interviews with Stephen Hawking, John Schwarz (California Institute of Technology), Lisa Randall (Harvard), Michio Kaku (City University of New York), and more.

Review

A mind-expanding view of the big picture -- Brattleboro Reformer (VT)

Have the capacity to captivate audiences ages 12 to adulthood -- Deseret News (UT)

His brilliance is matchless and the extent of his discoveries and theories are unrivalled. For a lucid, succinct look at many of those theories, this is the DVD to purchase. -- Blogcritics magazine

What impressed me the most about Stephen Hawking and the Theory of Everything was how easy it was to follow along... would appeal to a wide array of DVD users. -- MovieWeb

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Product Details

  • Actors: Nigel Whitmey, Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku, John Schwarz, Lisa Randall
  • Directors: Gary Johnstone
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: March 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JXPC1O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,295 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Dennis Yenn on April 18, 2010
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For one thing, you won't have the answer to the theory of everything after watching this dvd. But you will have a good understanding of this process, including latest scientific research into this everything undertaking, an introduction to quantum mechanics, as well as string theory, and throw in a few renowned guest speakers in this field, and you get this cutting edge modern physics program. The theory of everything is a grand unification theory and it's not resolved yet, we're waiting for the next Einstein to step up. Though Hawking was working on it, he sure has a following of students who could be next at cracking it.

The program is organized and flows well. Any laymen can pick it up. In summary it's a documentary (science), but also a bit of biography into Hawking's life. We see the craze of his new book at local colleges. We see his mentors, and old high school photographs. So I guess you can this, his kitchen sink. If you're a fan of Hawking, this is a must have. Containing 2 episodes, it's worth the purchase price. This being a recent release (March '09), I wished it was available on blu ray. Other dvd's I recommend similar to this: The Elegant Universe (Nova, Brian Greene), and What the Bleep!? - Down the Rabbit Hole Quantum. All 5 star quality.

Addendum Dec 2014: Note, this item is NOT the full feature film with the same title released in theaters Nov 2014. This review is the dvd documentary/biography seen from the Discover Science channel released 2009.
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Since I am no more than a "romantic" physicist, never having studied physics but always been interested in it, with my husband and son having studied physics on the Master's and PhD levels, I was very interested in seeing this DVD. The way the material was presented was clear, penetrating, interesting and had an eye to the future. I especially enjoyed hearing about possible "11 dimensions" instead of the limited 3 we think about. Wonderful! This is something everyone can enjoy!
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I must agree with most reviewers. The DVD provides not the final answer, but much detailed information in the path in the search for the "Theory of Everything" or in other words, the knowledge of creations beginning. This DVD is presented by Stephen Hawking, and his lifetime of overcoming Lou Gehrig s disease, or rather living with it, and determining not to let it keep him from his scientific endeavor to search for life's starting point. It is a shame other reviewers must denounce his achievements recognized all over the world, due to their inability to get beyond his handicap speech and appearance.

Hawking wrote "A Brief History of Time" (1988) selling over 10 million, as a physicist with a mega brain in a paralyzed body. He "wanted to know the mind of God" and asked the question "Do we still need a God?" Later in the DVD he states one option may be, "God chose how the universe began for reasons we could not understand."

The DVD points out that it is believed widely that the universe began as a tiny dot--but HOW? Hawking's greatest advancement for the quest was providing information demonstrating that likely black holes are not completely black. Then came colleague Mark Green and John Schwarz in the 'string theory' solving the gravity problem that Hawking was faced with, or perhaps they have. This is a science DVD and they are quick to admit that most of the findings are theory, yet unproven.

I have to admit some of the information was a bit over my head, not being a science major, but it was yet interesting and suspect most people will find it intriguing as well. There is a fantastic amount of film footage as well as computer generated symbolization to help explain what the scientists are facing, and finding, and theorizing.
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I have watched several Stephen Hawking specials, and I always learn a lot from them. All the elements work well; the visuals, the narration, the stories, everything. I like that, once Hawking's presence and identity is established via his well-known computer-generated voice, the narration voice switches to that of British actor Benedict Cumberbatch. He has a pleasant and engaging delivery, and this choice gives us Hawking's words without us having to listen incessantly to the computer voice, which would likely become irritating after awhile. This series has great information, well explained and illustrated for the amateur science fan like myself.
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I really wanted to rate this as five stars, but I had trouble doing so, seeing as what I thought would be a series turned out to be a set of 2 episodes of Hawking's brilliance. It's a good primer for the average consumer, but I expected this to go more in detail and teach me something new. Considering the price ($36 as of posting), I expected more than two 45-minute episodes. It's OK, but nothing to write home about, so in that regard, I was quite disappointed. While I understand that talking is excruciatingly difficult for Professor Hawking, I'd hoped that maybe the series would include some snippets of his many lectures and debates, but alas, it did not.
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Stephen Hawking has cracked open the mysteries of the Universe and has changed the course of the future with his ability to put complex concepts and theories together so that those not as brilliant as he can understand.
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