Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time was a publishing phenomenon. Translated into thirty languages, it has sold over nine million copies worldwide. It continues to captivate and inspire new readers every 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 ...Read MoreStephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time was a publishing phenomenon. Translated into thirty languages, it has sold over nine million copies worldwide. It continues to captivate and inspire new readers every 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 years there have been extraordinary advances in our understanding of the space and time. The technology for observing the micro- and macro-cosmic world has developed in leaps and bounds. During the same period cosmology and the theoretical sciences have entered a new golden age. Professor Stephen Hawking has been at the heart of this new scientific renaissance. Now, in The Universe in a Nutshell, Stephen Hawking brings us fully up-to-date with the advances in scientific thinking. We are now nearer than we have ever been to a full understanding of the universe. In a fascinating and accessible discussion that ranges from quantum mechanics, to time travel, black holes to uncertainty theory, to the search for science's Holy Grail - the unified field theory (or in layman's terms the 'theory of absolutely everything') Professor Hawking once more takes us to the cutting edge of modern thinking. Beautifully illustrated throughout, with original artwork commissioned for this project, The Universe in a Nutshell is guaranteed to be the biggest science book of 2001.Read Less
Excellent work, as is all of Dr. Hawking's books. Only somewhat technical, but intelligable.
Jun 3, 2008
Easy to Understand
This book, The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking, shows the theories of the universe and explains many things that may have been unclear, or confusing. Professor Hawking does his best to answers many questions that have been asked to the scientific community while putting his opinion in where he can so that it won?t affect the scientific evidence. This book was chosen for a science project having to do with the factors of scientific literacy. The project itself wasn?t hard, but reading this book was. Being written by the brilliant mind of Stephen Hawking, getting through the book was difficult but very rewarding. It was only difficult at times because of the many concepts that needed to be grasped. But he made understanding these concepts, theories and principles easier by including examples and pictures. This gave the reader a visual explanation of what Professor Hawking was trying to say. I thought the book was very well written. It had the right balance of explanations, facts and visual aid. I feel that this made the book more understandable and readable. It enables adults, and even high school students, to learn and understand the universe and what lies in it. You don?t have to be a scientist to understand this book, which is really good. All in all, it?s a good book.
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