I live in Seattle. I write code. I listen when I'm out with the dog.
I've consumed a lot of content in this area (books, videos, etc). I felt like the authors were a bit distracted here. What is M theory. A discussion of creation myths and how they map to our desire to understand. I felt that the book jumped around a bit. I felt the treatment of M theory to be a bit lacking. I did learn some things. I came away with a much greater appreciation for Feynman, especially. But I was also a bit disappointed. I'm not sure how to compare the content of this book to that of Brian Greene, but Dr. Greene does weave a better narrative.
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.
The book was a great read well explained and written
The reader did a great performance nice voice enjoyed every word
In hot pursuit of life's understanding
The book is thought provoking and well narrated. The argument in the book are really sound and it is easy to understand how the universe works after listening to the book.
A lot of very make sense of it all information. I will say at times I did get lost but continued to listen. This is not a one and done book. I have listened to it twice and will again due to the information.
I really enjoyed this book. It is makes modern physics accessable to those of us who are not career physicists. it is a bit of a hard read but the understanding one gains is well worth the read.
I like this subject a lot, and for me Stephen Hawking is the best writer for general public (me). In this work he helps us understand the cutting edge ideas of science and physics.