This landmark book is for those of us who prefer words to equations; this is the story of the ultimate quest for knowledge, the ongoing search for the secrets at the heart of time and space. Its author, Stephen W. Hawking, is arguably the greatest mind since Einstein. From the vantage point of the wheelchair, where he has spent the last 20 years trapped by Lou Gehrig's disease, Professor Hawking has transformed our view of the universe. A Brief History of Time is Hawking's classic introduction to today's most important scientific ideas about the cosmos. It is read here by the Emmy Award-winning host of The Michael Jackson Show on KABC-TV.
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"A masterful summary of what physicists now think the world is made of and how it got that way." (The Wall Street Journal)
"Lively and provocative, Hawking clearly possesses a natural teacher's gift, easy, good-natured humor, and an ability to illustrate highly complex propositions with analogies plucked from daily life." (The New York Times)
The book itself is good. Sadly, the narrator sounds like he's reading it for the first time too. Lots of starts and stops. Pausing mid sentence then scrambling to finish. Perhaps for lighter reads this world be fine, but if you're attempting to follow along with Steven hawking, the last thing you need is to struggle with the narrator.
just awesome,.......................this book is really awesome i reccomend it to all those who love to listen to books on audible.
Even though English is my second language, I really enjoyed this book. It gave a good perspective on the universe, quantum physics and the interaction of time and space. The book was incredibly well narrated by Michael Jackson. It felt alive, and if I didn't know better I would have thought it was Mr. Hawking himself that read it!
A little more in depth than The Grand Design but still great. Hawking is easily one of my favorites.
While a good overview of the topics, it does require a significant amount of background knowledge. I found that I've come across many of the concepts in the book in other places, with this not being a very good description of them in comparison. This is a kind of book you have to study, instead of just read through. I think because I didn't do that, I ended up not enjoying it as much as I could. Overall, I'd only recommend it for people who are very scientifically inclined already because this is definitely not for non-science people.
This book introduces you to abstract concepts in physics in a way that really cannot be found elsewhere. In this manner, it is well spoken in a way that allows people with little background in physics to understand things such as black holes, and also is intellectually stimulating enough for those who have some knowledge on the subject to be entertained--especially when it comes to the philosophical debate. The only "flaw" I can see is that conclusions are sometimes drawn by saying " the theory predicts" without any other explanation. Although, it is most likely necessary due to its complexity. All in all, this book definitely describes the beauty of the
universe in the way it deserves
A wonderful review of the most important theories and schools of thoughts of the major scientists.
I know Stephen Hawking has a knack for going back to previous work and updating or disproving himself. I have not seen the date that this book was published, thus I do not know if our fellow Hawking has exercised this knack on the information in this book. Nevertheless, listening to this book will still provoke grand thought and make one a better person all around.
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