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2,241. However, if we do discover a complete theory, it should in time be understandable in broad principle by everyone, not just a few scientists. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people, be able to take part in the discussion of the question of why it is that we and the universe exist. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason – for then we would know the mind of God. (Meaning of Life & Theory of Everything) Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time
2,752. Hawking was going to have to unify the two great but very different theories of physics – Einstein’s theory of relativity is the theory of the very large ... Quantum physics is the theory of the very small ... Hawking would have to force the two together. (Universe & Theory of Everything & Theories of Relativity & Quantum Physics) Stephen Hawking, Master of the Universe
89,956. String Theory unified every single thing in the universe from atoms to stars and planets to people. It says they are all made from one ingredient: strings. These strings are the building blocks of everything we see around us. The entire universe is a gigantic mesh of these vibrating strings. (String Theory & Theory of Everything) Professor Stephen Hawking
2,751. My goal is simple: it is a complete understanding of the universe. (Universe & Theory of Everything) Professor Stephen Hawking
2,766. It seems that M Theory is the system of laws that governs everything – the Grand Design. (Universe & M Theory & Theory of Everything & Laws of Science) Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design: The Key to the Cosmos
91,032. Or is there a theory of everything that governs the universe at all times, and determines how it begins and develops? Stephen Hawking’s Universe: Answer to Everything
91,033. The Theory of Everything is the Holy Grail of theoretical physics. It has challenged the greatest minds for centuries. Stephen Hawking
2,393. When we have found how the nucleus of atoms is built up we shall have found the greatest secret of all – except life. We shall have found the basis of everything – of the earth we walk on, of the air we breathe, of the sunshine, of our physical body itself, of everything in the world, however great or however small – except life. (Science & Atom & Particle & Life & Theory of Everything) Ernest Rutherford, cited Frank S Pepper ‘The Wit and Wisdom of the 20th Century: A Dictionary of Quotations’ 1987
48,765. We physicists ... we hope for very simple laws of nature that will account for everything we see. But when we have them there will always be a question – why those laws? (Physics & Laws & Theory of Everything & Anthropic Principle) Professor Steven Weinberg, interview Professor Richard Dawkins
89,948. String theory you know is our best hope for a theory unifying all the forces of nature ... It’s the best game in town. (String Theory & Theory of Everything & Laws) ibid.
2,451. People are always asking for the latest developments in the unification of this theory with that theory, and they don’t give us a chance to tell them anything about what we know pretty well. They always want to know the things we don’t know. (Science & Theory & Theory of Everything & Knowledge) Richard Feynman, QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter 1985
79,334. At stake is one of the greatest prizes of science – a theory of everything. (Light & Particle & Neutrinos & Theory of Everything) Professor Marcus du Sautoy, Faster than the Speed of Light
71,117. Einstein’s version of the Theory of Everything would remain his unfinished symphony. (Einstein & Theory of Everything) Horizon: Einstein’s Unfinished Symphony, BBC 2005
91,027. In three-fold unification theories monopoles are predicted to be heavy particles. They’ve been looked for in accelerator experiments but the energies available are far too small. Horizon: What Einstein Never Knew, BBC 1985
91,028. The results of all the experiments on three-fold unification are so far inconclusive. ibid.
91,029. To achieve what Einstein never could: a theory of four-fold unifications of all four forces including gravity. ibid.
91,030. Super-symmetry is by far the boldest attempt to produce a single theory of all forces and matter in the world. (Theory of Everything & Super Symmetry) ibid.
91,031. Some theories ... believe we are living in a ten or eleven dimension world. (Theory of Everything & Dimension) ibid.
49,123. We can summarize electricity, magnetism and gravity into equations one inch long, and that’s the power of field theory. And so I said to myself: I will create a field theory of strings. And when I did it one day, it was incredible, realizing that on a sheet of paper I can write down an equation which summarized almost all physical knowledge. (Magnetism & Electricity & Gravity & String Theory & Theory of Everything) Michio Kaku
91,026. The Theory of Everything would have been the Holy Grail of science. It would have been the philosopher’s stone. It would have been the crowning achievement of all scientific endeavours ever since humans walked the face of the Earth. Professor Michio Kaku
53,120. What if there is no math that unifies the universe? (Creationism & Intelligent Design & Mathematics & Theory of Everything) Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman: Is There a Creator?
67,938. Like Hilbert, Einstein did his great work up to the age of forty without any reductionist bias. His crowning achievement, the general relativistic theory of gravitation, grew out of a deep physical understanding of natural processes. Only at the very end of his ten-year struggle to understand gravitation did he reduce the outcome of his understanding to a finite set of field equations. But like Hilbert, as he grew older he concentrated his attention more and more on the formal properties of his equations, and he lost interest in the wider universe of ideas out of which his equations arose. His last twenty years were spent in a fruitless search for a set of equations that would unify the whole of physics, without paying attention to the rapidly proliferating experimental discoveries that any unified theory would have to explain. I do not have to say more about ... Einstein’s lonely attempt to reduce physics to a finite set of marks on paper. His attempt failed as dismally as Hilbert’s attempt to do the same thing in mathematics. (Einstein & Theory of Everything) Freeman Dyson, The Scientist as Rebel 2006
71,120. Perhaps the most famous scientist of all. (Einstein & Theories of Everything) Dr Allan Chapman, Great Scientists: Albert Einstein
71,121. A new surreal physics was about to emerge. (Einstein & Theories of Everything) ibid.
71,122. Einstein wrote up his ideas in his spare time and in 1905 published three papers. (Einstein & Theories of Everything) ibid.
71,123. Could there be something peculiar happening with Time? (Einstein & Theories of Everything) ibid.
71,124. Einstein showed that mass is energy and energy is mass. (Einstein & Theories of Everything) ibid.
71,125. Hitler hates Einstein; he hates him because he is Jewish. (Einstein & Theories of Everything) ibid.
89,960. The most important [reason] is that there are no other good ideas around. That’s what gets most people into it. When people started to get interested in string theory they didn’t know anything about it. In fact, the first reaction of most people is that the theory is extremely ugly and unpleasant, at least that was the case a few years ago when the understanding of string theory was much less developed. It was difficult for people to learn about it and to be turned on. So I think the real reason why people have got attracted by it is because there is no other game in town. All other approaches of constructing grand unified theories, which were more conservative to begin with, and only gradually became more and more radical, have failed, and this game hasn’t failed yet. (String Theory & Theory of Everything) David Gross
91,034. The most cherished goal in physics, as in bad romance novels, is unification. Lee Smolin, The Trouble With Physics
91,035. For decades scientists have been searching for one cohesive all-encompassing theory, one that would unite Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, which explains how gravity works over long scales with Quantum Physics, the science of the tiniest matter. Together, these two great theories explain everything humanity knows so far about the cosmos. But, like a cartoon cat and mouse, they’re at war with one another. (Theory of Everything & Quantum Theory & Theories of Relativity) The Universe: Parallel Universes
91,036. D’oh! We may never decode the universe: the human brain has possibly reached its limits. Reece, Sunday Times article 13th June 2010
91,698. It was lovely talking to you, and I hope you find your equation. The Theory of Everything 2014 starring Eddie Redmayne & Felicity Jones & Charlie Cox & Emily Watson & Simon McBurney & David Thewlis & Maxine Peake & Harry Lloyd & Charlotte Hope et al, director James Marsh, bird to Hawking
91,701. ‘I could only do nine.’ ibid. Hawking to teacher
91,702. ‘I had a slight problem with the whole celestial dictator premise.’ (Theory of Everything & God) ibid. Hawking to bird