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A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes [Paperback]

Stephen Hawking
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May 1 1990 0553346148 978-0553346145 Reissue
Stephen Hawking has earned a reputation as the most brilliant theoretical physicist since Einstein. In this landmark volume, Professor Hawking shares his blazing intellect with nonscientists everywhere, guiding us expertly to confront the supreme questions of the nature of time and the universe. Was there a beginning of time? Will there be an end? Is the universe infinite or does it have boundaries? From Galileo and Newton to modern astrophysics, from the breathtakingly cast to the extraordinarily tiny, Professor Hawking leads us on an exhilarating journey to distant galaxies, black holes, alternate dimensions--as close as man has ever ventured to the mind of God. From the vantage point of the wheelchair from which he has spent more than twenty years trapped by Lou Gehrig's disease, Stephen Hawking has transformed our view of the universe. Cogently explained, passionately revealed, A Brief History of Time is the story of the ultimate quest for knowledge: the ongoing search for the tantalizing secrets at the heart of time and space.

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Stephen Hawking, one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists in history, wrote the modern classic A Brief History of Time to help nonscientists understand the questions being asked by scientists today: Where did the universe come from? How and why did it begin? Will it come to an end, and if so, how? Hawking attempts to reveal these questions (and where we're looking for answers) using a minimum of technical jargon. Among the topics gracefully covered are gravity, black holes, the Big Bang, the nature of time, and physicists' search for a grand unifying theory. This is deep science; these concepts are so vast (or so tiny) as to cause vertigo while reading, and one can't help but marvel at Hawking's ability to synthesize this difficult subject for people not used to thinking about things like alternate dimensions. The journey is certainly worth taking, for, as Hawking says, the reward of understanding the universe may be a glimpse of "the mind of God." --Therese Littleton

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"Master of the Universe... One scientist's courageous voyage to the frontiers of the Cosmos" Newsweek "This book marries a child's wonder to a genius's intellect. We journey into Hawking's universe, while marvelling at his mind" The Sunday Times "He can explain the complexities of cosmological physics with an engaging combination of clarity and wit... His is a brain of extraordinary power" Observer "To follow such a fine mind as it exposes such great problems is an exciting experience" The Sunday Times "One of the most brilliant scientific minds since Einstein" Daily Express --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but tough reading May 30 2004
Format:Hardcover
Have you ever thought how everything started? This is what Hawking explains by describing the current theories about the universe.
Although he tries hard to keep it simple, his scientific background doesn't let him be clear enough in some concepts, which are difficult to grasp for ordinary people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best!!! Nov. 1 1998
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Format:Paperback
When i first got this book, I thought i would never understand a single word he is saying but at last i realise that his book was so simple yet so powerful.I brought me to realise the universe is nothing yet it is so vast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book anybody will enjoy Oct. 11 1998
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Format:Paperback
Stephen has a great ability to describe things without losing you in technical terms, nor does he bore you, he throws in interesting facts in the book.... Also often amusing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the greatest book in the theoritical physics Oct. 6 1998
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Format:Paperback
There are no limit. Journey with the story of time will begin with the brain of Hawking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Oct. 5 1998
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Format:Paperback
Iam a college student and I have just completed my diploma in hospitality studies,I come from the South Pacific Island country of Vanuatu.I have done physics in high school and after reading I have come to be aware that Hawking is trying to simplify things and yes tk God its more easy to understand.I would surely recommend this book to others.
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Format:Paperback
I'm a student of Physics and Astronomy, and when I first read this book, I decided that I want to become a theoratical physicist, as it was so extremely fascinating. The second time I read the book, I again made a decision. Since then, I study Astronomy.
In short, Mr. Hawking perfectly knows how to wake everyone's interest for the fundamentals of the universe. And moreover, he explains the most difficult theories of our days in a style so that everyone can grasp the basic ideas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST-READ for aspiring physicists Sept. 21 1998
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Format:Paperback
I first read this when I was about 10 or 11 and thought that must realy not get it because it seemed like such easy reading. I later learned that I understood it completely. This book is great, and it got me to grow to love astrophysics. I've referred to it for science homework, and I've also just read it to enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simplifing the most complex of subjects Sept. 21 1998
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Format:Paperback
I am a college student, well versed in mathmatics and physics, and I stand in awe of the manner in which Hawking presents the most difficult concepts of science in a way that a layman can understand. This book should be required reading for all students of astronomy, physics, astrophysics, and even geology. Hawking's ability to explain abstract concepts in a clear, concise manner, without resorting to higher mathmatics is uncanny.
If you have ever wondered about the nature of our universe,and thought that it was beyond you, then this book is a must read.
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