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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
In his narration Michael Jackson changes his rhythm and volume, sometimes laughing with asides, while talking of the Big Bang, negative energy, and the elusive unified field theory. He also demonstrates a facility with a plethora of scientific and mathematical terms. If we can forgive him for pronouncing the "p" in Ptolomy so many times, we find he adds a pleasant vitality to a scientific audiobook. Hawking, an expert on space-time, quantum mechanics, and black holes, is far too smart for most of us to understand, but this abridgment, with the help of the narrator's positive spin, gives an idea of how such a great scientist, long afflicted with Lou Gehrig's disease, thinks and writes. J.A.H. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A wonderful book with so much information. Few months after reading this book I watched the movie "Interstellar" and I would not understand half of what they were referring... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mari Poutot
Great book for an overview of physics. If I had to change anything, I would provide more explanations and give it a slower pace.Published 2 months ago by C4ptainStabbin
I like the book because It helps me to understand more about the universe!Published 3 months ago by Jimmy Du
It is an old book, a classic. I read it long time ago. Hawking is the foremost theretical physisist and cosmologist. The book is for laymen. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kirti
Sometimes the illustrations are of old white men rather than the theory being explained. Otherwise this book is stellarPublished 4 months ago by alex