The Universe in a Nutshell
First edition cover (UK)
AuthorStephen Hawking
CountryUnited Kingdom
SubjectTheoretical Physics
PublisherBantam Spectra
Publication date
530.12 21
LC ClassQC174.12 .H39 2001
Preceded byBlack Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays 
Followed byOn The Shoulders of Giants 

The Universe in a Nutshell is a 2001 book about theoretical physics by Stephen Hawking.[1][2] It is generally considered a sequel and was created to update the public concerning developments since the multi-million-copy bestseller A Brief History of Time was published in 1988.


In it Hawking explains to a general audience various matters relating to the Lucasian professor's work, such as Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem and P-branes (part of superstring theory in quantum mechanics). He tells the history and principles of modern physics. He seeks to "combine Einstein's General Theory of Relativity and Richard Feynman's idea of multiple histories into one complete unified theory that will describe everything that happens in the universe."[3]


The Universe in a Nutshell is winner of the Aventis Prizes for Science Books 2002.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ "The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking". Goodreads. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  2. ^ "The Universe in a Nutshell By STEPHEN HAWKING". Penguin Random House. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  3. ^ The Universe in a Nutshell at