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A Brief History of Time

Hawking, Stephen (Book - 1998)
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A Brief History of Time
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking's book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin--and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending--or are there boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space? What will happen when it all ends? Told in language we all can understand, A Brief History of Time plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and "arrows of time," of the big bang and a bigger God--where the possibilities are wondrous and unexpected. With exciting images and profound imagination, Stephen Hawking brings us closer to the ultimate secrets at the very heart of creation.
Authors: Hawking, Stephen, 1942-
Title: A brief history of time
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1998
Edition: Updated and expanded tenth anniversary ed
Characteristics: ix, 212 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Stephen Hawking
Notes: Includes index
ISBN: 9780553380163
Branch Call Number: 523.1 H394b 1998
Subject Headings: Cosmology
Topical Term: Cosmology
LCCN: 98021874
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Apr 13, 2014
  • Mark Melnychuk rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Hawkin's A Brief History of Time leaves many aspects of modern and classical physics only half explained. This is partly due to his decision to steer clear of even the simplest mathematics, not wanting to alienate a mathematically incompetent readership. The result is pretty unsatisfactory and explains the books notoriety as one of the most unread bestsellers. A much better popular science book, covering much the same ground, is Why Does E=mc² ? by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw.
After reading A Brief History of Time, one wonders whether Hawkin's standing in the field is as high as it seems. He doesn't even discuss the concept of gravity as curved space and that is a significant omission. Also, he merely offers tantilizing hints of the reality behind physical phenomena and nothing more. Some say he isn't so great and there are more than a few others that are just as great or greater. In our politically correct, mad society, it is no suprise that a physically-challenged physicist should get undue attention. Forget A Brief History of Time; read instead the alternative mentioned above.

Aug 25, 2010
  • BlackPhoenix rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is very interesting and is explainined very simply, and has a very light and refreshing sense of humour to it.


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