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)
Audio book lover for over a decade. Live and listen in Aberystwyth, Wales
I've read this book twice and listened once. It is the kind of book you need to listen to several times to get the concepts but always a joy...
There are many other great science books around now but this was one of the first to bring such big concepts to small minds like mine! It's really quite accessible to the lay audience it's written and so very fascinating for all it's insights...
Wonderful alternative to American attempts at the Quantum subject matter.
A Briefer History of Time for obvious reasons.
This book make one feel that there is a combination to the universe that humankind is just starting to decode.
Hawking does a pretty good job of "dumbing down" science and philosphy so that the average person can understand at least some of it. I feel I have a better handle on black holes and anti-matter, string theory, unification theory, etc. However, I also realize how much I just don't understand about black holes, anti-matter, string theory blah blah blah. I often felt like a real dunce listening to Michael Jackson (the Brit, not the pop singer) discussing quantum physics. At any rate, it was a short listen and probably more enjoyable to listen to than to slog through the text. Especially all the areas where large numbers are read (eg. ten million million million million million million million million million).
The narrator was not bad but he did seem to stumble over the words a bit in places. Granted, the scientific vocabulary was not always easy and his little mistakes made it sound like he was simply having an informal discussion about scientific topics with friends. Again, large numbers and figures with many digits were hilarious.
A must read ( or listen ) to EVERYONE, no exceptions. This book provides the basics of both astrophysics and physics in general. It goes a long way into explaining very simply the basics or the world around us
I had a lot of anticipation for this book; it's been on my
subject matter could be interesting, but writing style is boring.
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A great book with some extremely interesting concepts but this material can be quite difficult to grasp on just a first listen. Definitely recommend listening to this a few times to better understand the material being presented.
An average reader may not grasp a concept of a 26-dimensional space but there are more than a couple of things he can be amazed to learn from this book. Hawking delves pretty deep into relativity theory, quantum mechanics and some other current theories (as of 1988). Among topics covered are speculation (though not without solid scientific basis) on the origins of the universe, black holes and singularities.
Michael Jackson's narration is somewhat lax and a bit unprepared to say the least. But somehow it does not spoil the book. On the one hand Mr Jackson stumbles over words, mispronouces them (neutron/neuron, protons/Plutos?), pauses mid-sentence, hesitates, at times seems to be brooding over a previous paragraph and on the other hand he has a good voice and reads with genuine emotion. It is not often you hear a narrator actually laugh while they are reading something that was meant to amuse the listener.
If it does not put you off - give it a try, by all means.
Hawking's guide to the universe gives a handy and generally accessible precis of the theories and their development.
The audiobook is both let down and added to by the narrator, Michael Jackson (no, not THAT one).
Mr Jackson does put real character into the reading, making the delivery seem more personal than a reading. A number of uncorrected stumbles and mispronunciations definitely detract from an otherwise good listen.
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