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)
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
Much of the theories in the book have been long since disproven such as the universe expanding and slowing followed by " the Big Crunch". This had been now shown that the universe is actually expanding at an ever increasing rate and will end in a quiet fade to dark. But at the time this was written this information was not known. No fault of the author as things change as new discoveries are made. Still worth a listen.
It is up there but it is very technical and you need to concentrate to get it.
The section on black hole was great.
He read well
Making the unknown, known
Really informative and fun. Can be a lot to take in but well worth the time.
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