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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Phoenix Audio; Unabridged edition (Dec 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159777068X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597770682
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 13.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,410,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By William Franklin Jr. on July 3 2004
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A Brief History of Time is 3 things at once:
First, it is a chronology of the various important scientists and discoveries over the centuries, all leading to where we are now.
Second, it explains, between the beginner and intermediate levels, an understanding of concepts such as black holes, worm holes, the beginning and potential end of time, particles and waves, quantum mechanics, and other issues in science.
Third, it is almost an autobiography of Dr. Hawking's scientific life. He interjects wonderful bits of humor and explains the concepts carefully and as simply as he can.
He is also respectful of religion, briefly interjecting his ideas about how religion does not have to be incompatible with the rapidly expanding ideas of science, and that religion should embrace science more.
One part I found humorous was his explanation of a bet he lost with a colleague (he seems to have a lot of long-standing bets going). He owned up to being wrong, and paid the penalty, which was a "one-year subscription to Penthouse, to the outrage of [his colleague's] liberated wife."
This book is for physics experts as well as people who know nothing about science and just want to learn some of the basic concepts. Like the universe, expand your mind.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 30 2003
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I don't care what anyone says, that book was not easy to get through. I have a degree in Math, and he does not give this stuff in layman's terms. Most of it, will eventually make sense if you can wrap your head around the hard to grasp principles, but he keeps adding more, and more to the theories and he will definitely lose you at some point.
Now don't get me wrong, it's obvious that we are dealing with complicated stuff, and he needs to discuss these things, but I just don't want you to think that this is an easy read. It's a necessary read, and I DO recommend you buy it, but don't think it will be easy.
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The Metaparaphysics Philosophic Theory (TMPT) Discovery, Is The Unifying Sole Theory , with its Knowledgeable Concept(s) - ever existed in Human History - towards helping man and humanity to Consciencely Comprehend The Universal Factual Realities:

The well known scientist Stephen Hawking - In His Book Brief History of Time - seems has been going on and on to describe how there are four fundamental forces in nature ; as what we call gravity, the well-known electromagnetic force, the weak nuclear force that binds orbits of electrons KLMNOPQ to the nucleus in every atom, and the strong nuclear force(s) that hold(s) the sub-atomic particles ( neutrons, positrons , neutrinos , Positrinos ..etc.) within the nucleus of an atom altogether. The Relativity theory with its equations - proposed by Albert Einstein may explain only the first three. but So far, theoretical physicists have not been able to come up with a needed profound theory that unifies the strong nuclear force with the other three. As Hawking points out, the effort to do so has been the focus of theoretical physics within the last fifty years.

In Hawking’s concluding remarks, he offered his own insight(s) into what the future may be like once a ‘Unified Theory of the Universe’ is finally discovered.

The intertwined histories of scientific discovery and of religion are the story of our human trial(s) to comprehend or to simply understand our universe consciously; both Logically and Ontologically - in relation - to our knowledgeable factual reality: using our Human Conscienceness , Sub-Conscienceness and Un-Conscienceness as an existing reality and knowledge at the same time.
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By Kirsten on May 1 2014
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I love this book! I bought this copy for a friend of mine and as far as I know, he also loved it.
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Came just as expected, and book itself is a wonderful insight into the complex world of the cosmos. Highly recommended!
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I think how you rate this book may depend on your background. Although I hate to give this classic book a mediocre rating, I just didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I was fresh out of university, so I found that most of the book was a summary of things I had learned in class, and not really telling me anything new. I did enjoy the chapter on black holes though. Overall, A Brief History of Time is worth reading but not as exciting as reading newer books on string theory.
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By Jmacd24 on Nov. 29 2012
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For anyone who is even remotely interested in the origins of the universe, this is a must have. The writing is spectacular and no previous knowledge is required to grasp the concepts being put forward. I've recommended this to all my fellow space interested friends.
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For those of us curious enough to actually open the covers of this remarkable exposition of very sophisticated scientific concepts laid simpler and comprehensible in Professor Stephen Hawking's disarmingly straightforward style, this original version of the now updated text is indeed a veritable treasure trove of layman's explanations for some wondrous scientific phenomena. Hawking, who is still a Lecturer in Physics at Cambridge University despite an progressively debilitating neuro-muscular disease, has a rather unique capability to eschew anything other than the bare minimum of all the otherwise stupefying scientific mumbo-jumbo as he explains various aspects of the expanding universe as black holes, the nature of time, the so-called "big bang", and of course, gravity itself.
Hawking addresses the fundamental nature of physics as he proceeds to sift through these fascinating and long enduring mysteries of the universe. As a result, then, his somewhat rhetorical questions are presented for the single purpose of elucidating some interesting, provocative, and fairly indisputable answers to the nearly timeless ponderings we all seem to harbor about this wider world we all inhabit. Still one's consciousness seems to struggle in vain to consider the sheer scale of such conceptual configurations, with concepts that appear to be so immense and so dislocated to anything within our common experience while absorbed in our ordinary day-to- day time-space continuum as to give any among us a reeling and recurring case of vertigo. Of course, such a realization merely serves to magnify the sheer scope of the author's accomplishment in conceptualizing and executing such an approachable and accessible text, one that so vividly describes the origins and nature of our universe. This is a marvelous book, and one I can heartily recommend. Enjoy!
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