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A Brief History of Time | [Stephen Hawking]

A Brief History of Time

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1988 Stephen W. Hawking (P)2005 Phoenix Books, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    benvan 02-06-15
    benvan 02-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great approach, a tad lacking coherence"

    Loved the narrator. Loved the approach of bringing mind-blowing physics to the realm of the near-layman (you need some foundation for it to be of any use, really). in the end, I had an overall feeling like the parts didn't fit together with an overall coherence that it could have. each chapter was good, but together they seem like a patchwork, and an odd ending about Newton that didn't seem to fit. I think you can find better stories on theoretical physics out there. no mention of dark energy or the acceleration of the expansion of the universe, it really should be updated. also a sense of self-aggrandizing that surprised me from Hawking, at times. not taking anything away from his achievements, just saying.

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    ponchogs 01-27-15
    ponchogs 01-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book, more complex than I expected."

    I really liked this audio book, I also have the physical book and most likely I'll make time to read it because it has some diagrams that you definitely miss with the audio version but it is very enjoyable, made me think a lot about space, time and humanity. I would definitely recommend but be aware that some chapters get really complex. Michael Jackson did a great job with the narration.

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    TIFFANY 01-15-15
    TIFFANY 01-15-15
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    "Great Read/Not so great listen"

    For the geeky science following nerd type, You'll love getting an introductory listen to the beginning of the Universe and explanation (dumbed down so the layperson can follow ...myself included) by Hawking. This will be a better read than a listen. The narrator was not the best. Noticeable stumbling, page turning, uneven pace, quite a few "uhhhh" and "ummm"s were pretty distracting. I will pick this up in paper format so I can fully absorb it and enjoy it.

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    D. Renai 01-14-15
    D. Renai 01-14-15
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    "Science reading at its best"

    This is a modern day classic. Hawking makes discovering our universe a down-to-earth and interesting read.

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    Jakob 12-31-14
    Jakob 12-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Stellar"

    Steven Hawking guides the reader with his explanation of the universe in what would otherwise be an arduous scientific journey.

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    Drew 12-31-14
    Drew 12-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book!"

    The only thing I did not enjoy was how inaccurate the chapter numbers were. It would make reading along a lot easier if they were named by the name of the chapter in the book, rather than just "chapter #".

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    Ronald E. Newlon NEW YORK, NY, US 11-30-14
    Ronald E. Newlon NEW YORK, NY, US 11-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Black holes and beyond"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Brief History of Time to be better than the print version?

    I have the book too but I liked listening to this book. It made it easier to understand.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that Hawkin thought that this was a book for the non scientist - he has a good sense of humor in his writing and he can also snip - and he is brilliant


    Which character – as performed by Michael Jackson – was your favorite?

    No characters in this book


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no - over many days and I listened to it twice


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book a lot

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    Ray West Deptford, NJ, United States 09-26-14
    Ray West Deptford, NJ, United States 09-26-14 Member Since 2013

    Retired Political Science professor from a community college. Especially like Legal Thrillers.

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    "DID TIME BEGIN OR IS IT INFINITE?"

    A good summary of the attempt to reconcile the Quantum and Gravety theories. A bit deep for the non-scientist. Still, worth a listen to get a good overview. Real versus imaginary time a little confusing.

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    Mary 09-13-14
    Mary 09-13-14 Member Since 2006

    A loyal Audible fan.

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    "Slight simplification of a complex subject"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The technical production of the recording was very unprofessional. The narator did a good job, however, listeners are distracted by loud talking and other sounds that can be heard in the background, as well as, the erroneous instances of passages being duplicated.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The information provides a wonderful simplification of a complex subject,


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Jackson?

    No one. He did a fine job.


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    Robert 08-01-14
    Robert 08-01-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great text, Bad performance"

    As a fan of Stephen Hawking I was excited to listen to his signature work as an audio book. However, the performance is just ghastly and it really distracts from the content of the text. It sounds like Jackson had never read the book before the recording the performance and they only took one take - errors and all. He is constantly putting inflection into sentences where it doesn't belong. He makes performance errors that were not removed through editing. You can hear him turning the pages of the book. He was very hard to follow because his performance of the text was so distracting. If you want to read this book I suggest picking it up at your local library.

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