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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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    "What?"

    I suppose Hawking boils down his world to the simplest, most basic concepts, but once we drifted into quantum mechanics it became difficult to follow. Well, at least now I know what I don't know.

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    Denny Rockford, IL, USA 01-27-04
    Denny Rockford, IL, USA 01-27-04 Member Since 2003
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    "This was fun to listen too"

    Had to drive once a week for two hours each way to a college class... this turned out to be fun to listen too.. recommend if you have the time.

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    Agris ViimsiEstonia 01-03-08
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    "Content is perfect"

    Yes, the content of book is fine and refreshing the learnt theories over time. But the technical quality of the audiobook is not good at least through my SonyEricsson K810i. Periodically it is like strarting new small piece of recording with some noise and it's hard to listen, really. And the downloading the Audible jar-file to my phone was a pain also as it was not easily found in website. But I will wait for next Hawking book as well :)

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Justina Rochester, NY, United States 11-02-04
    Justina Rochester, NY, United States 11-02-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Not what I expected"

    Boring! Knew most of these theories. Puts you to sleep for sure!

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    Michael bronxville, NY, United States 03-26-10
    Michael bronxville, NY, United States 03-26-10 Member Since 2009
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    "huh?"

    was really looking forward to this but very disappointed. lost me after an hour. one of worst i have ever downloaded

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    Martin San Bruno, CA, USA 06-10-04
    Martin San Bruno, CA, USA 06-10-04
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    "Awful"

    It would have been better if Hawking had read it himself through his synthesizer, that might have given it a human touch. Dreadful, boring, don't waste your money.

    1 of 21 people found this review helpful
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