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on March 4, 2017
PROS: A fascinating read that is interesting and witty. This book is easier to read than one would imagine (no need to be a rocket scientist). At times he uses a touch of comedy and throughout and always tries to make down to earth real life comparisons. A very nice touch I must admit.

CONS: While it is interesting, a lot of the details are theories that cannot really be truly proven, so there is room for doubt left. Also at times he talks about things that you don't really understand and pieces them together. While he does a good job explaining hot it fits together, you're really getting a high level overview without knowing the inner workings of said theories.
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on October 22, 2010
A brilliant dissertation, as it has to be expected by Stephen Hawking. In a very detailed and at the same time concise way, the author gives a fascinating explanation of the mysteries of our universe discovered so far by science.In spite of the complexity and difficulty of the subject, Hawking succeeds in making his presentation accessible and understandable to the layman. The reading is fascinating. For the first time I have been able to grasp the meaning of the various scientific theories developed since Einstein's Theory of Relativity. There is great clarity and honesty in Hawking's approach, specifying which concepts and theories have been already observed and therefore confirmed in their validity and which ones are still, although very probable, at the level of supposition. The books speaks about the origins, the formation and the probable future of our universe, explains the concepts of space and time and speaks of many other happenings among the stars, like black holes, etc.
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on August 2, 2017
Great book. Writing style draws you in. Any body interested in astrophysics and cosmology. Questioning our universe and our place in it. Will find this book very interesting.
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on June 26, 2017
Interesting and easy to read
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on July 16, 2017
Very interesting book on the universe.
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on March 27, 2017
Nice quality book.
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on April 30, 2017
Fast shipping and great quality. Thank you
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on December 6, 2001
Stephen Hawking is one of if not the most prominent physicist on the planet today, and works like A Brief History of Time make it easy to see why. Hawking knows just about everything about modern physics, hence the lofty title. From time travel to black holes to general relativity, quantum mechanics and even string theory, he never fails to captivate and galvanize.
The strongest sections in the book are probably those on black holes and time travel, so if you are interested in either of those areas, you would be doing yourself a favor by buying it. The whole book is highly stimulating, though, so even just a casual interest in science would be well-fed by any chapter. In fact, for those of you who are only mildly involved with or intrigued by modern scientific theories, A Brief History of Time just might push you over the edge and make a fanatic out of you.
With the addition of literally dozens of illustrations per chapter, Hawking has made his book extremely readable and colorful, both comprehensive and comprehendable. Yet there are some topics covered inside that are simply too complicated for many people to understand. How black holes can emit radiation even though nothing can escape their surfaces is discussed, for example. (The answer: a particle and its antimatter counterpart can, according to quantum physics, spontaneously emerge out of nothingness very near to the black hole's event horizon--anywhere else they would collide and erupt into pure energy, but near the event horizon one is sucked into the black hole and the other escapes. In this sense black holes are like "matter factories", causing new matter to enter the universe out of nowhere. Pretty weird and confusing stuff.)
The only other quibble I have with this book is that it is too short! That just attests to the quality of the book, though. It was a very worthwhile read for me; it will be for you, too.
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on April 25, 2017
Instead of receiving the book with blue cover, I received the brown one, which I did not pay for
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on May 13, 2017
To much for me.
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