- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; UPDA edition (Sept. 1 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553380168
- ISBN-13: 978-0553380163
- Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 340 g
- Average Customer Review: 304 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Brief History of Time Paperback – Sep 1 1998
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“[Hawking] can explain the complexities of cosmological physics with an engaging combination of clarity and wit. . . . His is a brain of extraordinary power.”—The New York Review of Books
“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 (London)
“Masterful.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Charming and lucid . . . [A book of] sunny brilliance.”—The New Yorker
“Lively and provocative . . . Mr. Hawking clearly possesses a natural teacher’s gifts—easy, good-natured humor and an ability to illustrate highly complex propositions with analogies plucked from daily life.”—The New York Times
“Even as he sits helpless in his wheelchair, his mind seems to soar ever more brilliantly across the vastness of space and time to unlock the secrets of the universe.”—Time
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"A Brief History of Time, published in 1988, was a landmark volume in science writing and in world-wide acclaim and popularity, with more than 9 million copies in print globally. The original edition was on the cutting edge of what was then known about the origins and nature of the universe. But the ensuing years have seen extraordinary advances in the technology of observing both the micro- and the macrocosmic world--observations that have confirmed many of Hawking's theoretical predictions in the first edition of his book.
Now a decade later, this edition updates the chapters throughout to document those advances, and also includes an entirely new chapter on Wormholes and Time Travel and a new introduction. It make vividly clear why "A Brief History of Time has transformed our view of the universe.
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I wasn't even at Chapter 2 yet and my brain was leaking out of my ears.
I can't read this book in front of the TV (like I do with most books) or if I have a lot on my mind. I have to dedicate 100% of my attention to it, but it's so worth it.
The reason I kept putting it off was because, although I am interested in the subject matter, I expected the book to be dry and dull. Scientific concepts are fascinating, but often the delivery of them is excruciating. Not in "A Brief History of Time." Hawking had a real knack for explaining complex concepts in a way that is accessible to everyone and, in many cases, humourous. Even the choice of title is a word play that only becomes clear as you progress as the book covers everything that has happened since the big bang, but also the history of humankind's quest to understand time as a concept.
I won't lie, there were times when I had to reread a page once or twice and then think about the implications of the idea presented before I could move on. But it's a fascinating journey, one I will be repeating, and possibly even building on.
With his book, Stephen Hawking makes the reader feel how we are really are, a snap shot of a dust lost in the universe and time. After reading the book you have 2 alternatives, either fall in depression or realize that our life is really not much in this universe so why waste it with useless actions. Live fully, the end is near.
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Only drawback? My brain exploded reading this :D