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The General Theory of Everything (Polish: Ogólna Teoria Wszystkiego) is a sarcastic coinage of Stanisław Lem introduced in 1966. The biographical sketch of Ijon Tichy in "The Twenty-eighth Voyage" of Tychy's Star Diaries says that a grandfather of Ijon, Jeremiasz Tichy, "decided to create the General Theory of Everything, and nothing stopped him from doing this".[1]

Apart of being a precursor of the term "Theory of Everything," the term GTE was used to characterize Lem's essays of fundamental character, such as The Philosophy of Chance[2] and Science Fiction and Futurology.[3]


  1. ^ Krzysztof J. Kilian , "Sny o teoriach ostatecznych a problem przyszłości filozofii, ("Dreams about Ultimate Theories and the Problem of the Future of Phylosophy") ΣΟΦΙΑ, no. 8, 2008
  2. ^ An annotation to Filozofia przypadku. Tom 1
  3. ^ "Fantastyka i futurologia", at Lem's official website