Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time has become an international publishing phenomenon. Translated into thirty languages, it has sold over ten million copies worldwide and lives on as a science book that continues to captivate and inspire new readers each year. When it was first published in 1988 the ideas discussed in it were at the cutting ...Read MoreStephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time has become an international publishing phenomenon. Translated into thirty languages, it has sold over ten million copies worldwide and lives on as a science book that continues to captivate and inspire new readers each year. When it was first published in 1988 the ideas discussed in it were at the cutting edge of what was then known about the universe. In the intervening twenty years there have been extraordinary advances in the technology of observing both the micro- and macro-cosmic world. Indeed, during that time cosmology and the theoretical sciences have entered a new golden age . Professor Hawking is one of the major scientists and thinkers to have contributed to this renaissance. This special edition, which marks the twentieth anniversary of the book's original ground-breaking publication is surely destined to become a coveted collectors' item.Read Less
New. Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time takes its readers on a historical odyssey, presenting the various theories developed by different cultures over many millennia to explain the origin of the Universe. Hawking goes on to explain the actual physics of the Universe. The first half of the book explains complex concepts like quantum physics, the fabric of space-time, particle physics, gravity and Einstein's Theory of Relativity. In the book, Hawking explains how Einstein changed the way we view the universe by introducing time as the fourth dimension to the traditional three dimensional setting of the universe. Next, the subject of Quantum Mechanics, which deals with matter at the atomic and subatomic levels, is explored. In the second half of the book, Stephen Hawking deals with the subjects that are connected to his own research areas like Black Holes and Hawking Radiation. The books starts off by presenting an interesting story about an elderly woman who challenges the views presented by an astrophysicist and claims that the earth is flat and is supported on the back of a tortoise. This sets a reader friendly tone that's followed throughout the course of the book! After he was warned by an editor that for each equation in his book, his readership would decrease by almost 50 percent, Hawking relented and kept the equations to a minimum of one-just E=mc2. A Brief History Of Time From The Big Bang To Black Holes has become a bestseller in its category. The first edition was brought out in 1988 by Bantam Dell Publishing Group. Since then, the book has sold over 10 million copies. It stayed on the bestseller list of The Sunday Times for over four years. Printed Pages: 210..
Stephen Hawking has a way of expressing the impossible in terms most everyone can easily understand. If physics of the universe from micro to macro is of interest to you, and you are not a trained physicist, then read Stephen's book. You will love both him and it.
Mar 14, 2013
Packed with information. I got lost a few times and had to refer back to previous chapters, but really this is exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to know more about Einstein's Theory of Relativity, Quantum Mechanics and Black Holes and I got all of that and lots more. Well worth reading.
Oct 21, 2010
brift history of time
Hawking again tries to sound intelligent with his hard core atheist beliefs, of no Creator needed, the universe made itself from nothing.
The man is so close to death and he still rejects God as his Savior.
Jun 4, 2008
Good for Science
This book, A Brief History of Time, describes in depth what the universe is truly like. In the beginning we learn how the universe was formed through the big bang. From that he began talking about all the mysteries of the universe. To end the book he started talking about how the universe has to end. I read this book for my physics project. The project was an easy project but I found it hard to stay dedicated to this book for the entire semester. I found that this was a hard book to understand because the concepts he talked about were really advanced. It took a long time to read because I had to read sections over a couple of times in order to understand what he was talking about. Truthfully, I did not like this book. This is not the type of book I am interested in because I am really not big into science. I would say that I did learn a lot about cosmology and now I have a better understanding of the universe. If you really enjoy science especially cosmology then this would be a book you would want to read.
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