A Brief History of Time

Hawking, Stephen

Book - 1998
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Brief History of Time
#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.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1998
Edition: Updated and expanded tenth anniversary ed
ISBN: 9780553380163
Branch Call Number: 523.1 H394b 1998
Characteristics: ix, 212 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm


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Jan 11, 2015
  • kityojames rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It has given me an idea of what scientists have been doing with numbers. I had not idea what they were up to. Hawkings makes it easier for an ordinary person to grasp some of the concepts of science.

Dec 20, 2014
  • eleanorsolomon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best science books I've ever read. The writer takes some of the most fascinating stuff about astrophysics and turns it into something anybody could pick up and read.

Sep 07, 2013
  • rainbow0 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A far, far better book than Neil Turok's "The Universe Within", which I read just before this one. I liked the humble and considerate attitude of Hawking and Mlodinov in carefully explaining for the layperson what the science of physics has discovered.

Jun 10, 2012
  • Mark Melnychuk rated this: 3 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. I know that there are no good physically-challenged, female Amerindian fiction writers because if there was one that was at least pretty good, there would be no end of hearing how she's the greatest thing since Shakepeare (like Jane Austen is now favourably compared with Shakepeare).
Forget A Brief History of Time; read instead the alternative mentioned above.

Oct 23, 2011
  • frosty2 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

fun informative read

Aug 25, 2010
  • Teyfor8Wyoma 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.

Mar 07, 2010
  • mvincelli rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This first half is much better than the second half.

Oct 25, 2007
  • panhan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

S. Hawking has a very clear way of wirting a grade school kid could understand some topics :)


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