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)
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.
I followed alone fairly well for the first half of the book but I won't pretend to understand all of it. I remember a lot of the concepts from high school and previous personal research.
Not only does he give a very good and understandable overview of multiple theories and concepts, Mr. Hawking also shows the evolution of how mankind understanding evolved. He shows how individual scientists came up with their theories, removing the mystery and making them relatable. Even when, or if already, some concepts become out dated this aspect of the book while remain relevant.
Topic covers of Theory of gravity, theory of relativity, chaos theory, quantum theory, string theory, the quest for the theory of everything, and more.
Relatively easy to read and surprisingly funny at times. It enough to peak your interest so you'll want to research more. Written at a level that the average person can understand the general ideas but requires you to stay focused. Recommend for anyone with a mild curiosity on mentioned topics and physics in general.
A must read: I'm not sure the explanation but although most was quarks above my head, my brain really enjoyed it. Worth noting... I listened to this book. Doubt I would have made it through reading it Check this off my bucket list
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