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)
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.
The performance is so well done that the humor of the author comes through and the material is as easy to understand as it can be. I will be listening again to try to better grasp some of the more abstract concepts but I will greatly enjoy going through it all again.
Hawking writes for the non-professional scientist as much as he can, given the difficulty of the material. He is clear and succinct. I especially liked his stories and analogies that made the history interesting, not just factual.
The narrator, Michael Jackson, had the perfect British accent and vocal style for this work. He brought the story to life - and made me wish I could talk that way!
I am a boomer and was first exposed to the concepts of space-time and black holes on ......wait for it......StarTrek! It was exciting to have these concepts directly explained and a bit amazing to realize I had got the general ideas right from a TV show.
I believe I will listen to this again.
I found it difficult to follow the theories and story on audio. Complex theories could have used more examples perhaps.
A great book of course. But got a bit too technical when discussing the origins of the universe.
After reading Michio Kaku first I can now see that he followed Hawking's path but made it much simpler and more user friendly.
Yet still this is a must read. No one interested in these topics can be without it.
The narration though had so much to be desired. I hope the book is updated with a better narration. The language is pretty clear, but the pace was terribly inappropriate for the content.
The narrator would have done a great job if this was a novel. However certainly not for this scientific book. He would pass over the parts that needs thinking quickly while pause after trivial parts. Too much intonation for a scientific book to the point that it is disturbing one's concentration. I do not recommend this as an audio book at least not with this narrator.
Stephen Hawking takes you on a trip on how human thought of time and dimensions over the centuries. It is a must read for anyone trying to understand physics.
This book is actually reccommended in my Chinese school. It's super interesting! Neither is it hard to understand. I'm fifteen and I have no trouble understanding it at all. Everyone should read it. Some people here say its narrating is horrible, but it really depends on your preference.
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