Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Nether World (1889) George Gissing

‘Poverty makes a crime of every indulgence’ (p. 296)

The Theory of Everything: Review

The universe is made up of potatoes and peas, or rather, big particles and small. Each is governed by an entirely distinct set of physical rules that cannot be reconciled; the theory of relativity and quantum physics, respectively. This marked opposition, however, does not stop Stephen Hawking in his search for a theory of everything and a beautiful equation to take in the entire history of time.

Singularity in space and time, so central to Hawking’s theories of both the origin of the universe and the death of black holes, is also central to The Theory of Everything as a film. There are several moments of such piercing singularity, Hawking holding his first child in his arms, watching the blowing of the trees after his tracheotomy, feeling the sun on his face while writing A Brief History of Time.

All these subtleties mean that the rather obvious time-play – the montage wedding footage and cliched filmic reversal at the end – becomes somewhat crude. In fact, the singularities of space and time, apply not just to the beginning and end of the universe, but to every single complicated, beautiful second.