Overall the book was good, but you get all that is in this book in second year Physics, but with the numbers that back it up. I know that it was probibly written for the lay person, but really I was underwhelmed. If taht was the only problem that I had with it I would have given it a 5 star, but the poor attempt at philosophy at the beginning was like reading Depak Chopra. An attempt to reconsile relativism while maintaining an objective reality from which evidence can be derived. The philosophy at the beginning is deeply flawed or poorly explained, I favor the former. I have read much, much better.
Started audiobooks years ago. Now instead of pop music on my ride to work or walk around the neighborhood I get enriched and smarter.
No new ideas were presented, just a rehash of other theories. In the end Hawking paints some broad strokes without putting down much of a base. Good, but not worth the buildup.
I do find the argument stimulating, though the more data we have the better there are theoretically challenging expanded arguments to support a cosmic view of everything.
There's no one more potently provacative than Hawking, asking many questions about our reality, if there is even such a thing. Good listen with eye opening framework for much more simplified theories to come, surely.
I understand this book isn't for everyone, it covers subjects that can be a little hard to grasp. It's not an anti religion book, it also talks about a lot of the history of philosophy and the evolution of mankind's train of thought about this particular subject.
Audible on My BlackBerry Z30. Life doesn't get much better than this.I usually go for Sci-Fi and business oriented books.
The book explains a LOT of some really complicated current scientific concepts in a manner that pretty much anyone can follow up. If you are getting your feet wet in Modern Cosmology, give it a go. If you are religious, give it a go to, it will help you understand what the scientific approach is all about and how the "no God needed" conclusion has come to be. a must read