A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

A Brief History of Time

byStephen Hawking

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A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking’s book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin—and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending—or are there boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space? What will happen when it all ends?

Told in language we all can understand, A Brief History of Time plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and “arrows of time,” of the big bang and a bigger God—where the possibilities are wondrous and unexpected. With exciting images and profound imagination, Stephen Hawking brings us closer to the ultimate secrets at the very heart of creation.

Stephen William Hawking was born on January 8, 1942 in Oxford, England. As a student at Oxford University, Hawking studied Physics, and after three years was awarded a first class honors degree in Natural Science. After gaining a Ph.D. from Cambridge, Hawking became a Research Fellow, and later on a Professional Fellow at Gonville and ...
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Title:A Brief History of TimeFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 4, 2011Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Very good read if you have an interest in the topic. Otherwise, can be difficult to get through
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing and Captivating read Unlike many other scientific novels I've read, Hawking is able to write incredibly well about difficult topics in a language that you understand; I don't recall being bored by the material or forcing myself to read through difficult and uninteresting passages. A must read for anyone who wishes to learn more about our universe
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to Understand I'm not a physics person by any means, so when I ordered this book for my dad, I was quite hesitant on reading it after him. I liked how Hawking made the difficult topics more understandable for us basic folk who have no background in science, and physics specifically. This book gave me a better understanding on what it was exactly Stephen Hawking worked on during his life and his contributions to science.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hawking makes difficult subjects easier to understand for the common person with compelling writing Physics is not my forte. I sometimes have a hard time wrapping my head around some of the different theories about space and time (String theories? Imaginary time? Antimatter?). I found reading this book to be very helpful in giving me a better understanding of these things. Stephen Hawking manages to make difficult concepts easier for the common person to understand through his explanations, and he uses metaphors that make understanding easier. He explores how theories have developed over time (starting all the way back from Aristotle), how some have been discarded after being disproved and others evolving to what we understand as our modern day view of the universe. He also explores how certain inconsistencies or problems may arise with these theories, and then offers plausible explanations and solutions (not all of the theories have been completely proven yet). Besides making these difficult subjects easier to understand, he also manages to insert humour throughout his writing, so it's entertaining and not dry. The title, A Brief History of Time, doesn't even really give the book enough credit, as Hawking covers so many different concepts in such a short novel. Definitely worth reading for anyone interested in the universe.
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must read The book is very interesting and the concepts are understandable for an average person
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from lots to learn... great addition to anyone's collection of science books
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very interesting. A very interesting and thoughtful read, with lots to think about. This book is being read in the movie of the Prisoner of Azkaban by a man in the Leaky Cauldron. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book this book really gives you a look into the life of Stephen Hawking
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good a great intro to conceptual physics book without formulas
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Brief review Great mind expanding book.
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the foremost books of our time I'm not sure why this book is not in every high school's science classes' curriculum. If the movie on Hawking's life gets you excited about Hawking's book, then its purpose has been fulfilled. If this book gets you excited about science or reading, Hawking really has brought physics to the masses.
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great knowledge He tried to explain the complex ideas in simple ways, but some places are still hard to understand
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read once in yo life fam Sometimes difficult to understand but one of the best books I ever read.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not only an excellent science book; but an incredible book in its own right. Although it can be quite complicated at times, this book is extraordinary and allows us "normal people" a peek into the world of physics, mathematics and quantum mechanics.
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not for everyone Dr. Hawking explains some difficult concepts in an accessible fashion, but this is still a very theoretical book and some wouldn't enjoy it.
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Visionary science! I'm not sure 2-stars is a fair rating for this book. Hawking does a great job at explaining some pretty complex concepts in this book while throwing in a few jokes here and there. But for me, this kind of science is just too far on the theoretical side for me.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind-blowing For those who have never before wondered about the universe, your view of everything will change
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Briefly Genius While reading this book I learned there is a lot of this world and of myself that I have yet to discover and understand. While I would say half of this book was quite over my head in terms of quantam mechanics, the bits I learned was impressive. This book was put together probably as simple as advanced mathematics, quantam mechanics, physics, science and the universe can be put in to lament's terms. I think as I read it over, and perhaps more of his books I will continue to learn and expand my understanding of the world I live in. I am grateful that Mr. Hawkings has even taken the time to write to the 'normal' folks and masses what the brilliant minds of this world have discovered. It makes me strive to understand and learn more about who we are, where we came from and where we are heading as a civilization and as a universe.
Date published: 2011-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of My Favourite Science Books One of my favourite books is A Brief History of Time, written by Stephen Hawking. This book is famous like its author. Its wonder lies in the fact that the forefront of physics is portrayed in laymen's terms. Thus the theories behind quantum mechanics, relativity, black holes, time travel, and wormholes can all be comprehended by the average person. Every time I pick up this paperback, I feel humbled by the grandeur of our mysterious universe. Needless to say, the origin of the universe may just provide a clue to the birth of life. Of all the theories described in the book, I was most intrigued by Einstein's special theory of relativity. Before the dawn of the 20th Century, the Michelson-Morley experiment was conducted to substantiate the existence of a substance called "ether." Instead, it created a shock wave for the entire scientific community. Throughout the next twenty years, numerous futile attempts were made to explain the surprising results of the experiment. In the end, it was Einstein's special theory of relativity that came to the rescue. A remarkable consequence of relativity is that it revolutionized our ideas of space and time. Before Einstein's heydays, Newtonian physics indicated that space was not absolute, meaning different observers of a moving object may conclude differently about the distance it travelled. However, time was always assumed to be absolute, i.e., different observers would always agree on the time it took an object to traverse through space. Einstein took Newton's theories and took a step back. He claimed that if one lets go of the idea of absolute time, then we need not "invent" the idea of ether. Nor would we be troubled by the Michelson-Morley experiment. The notion of absolute time, however, is so deeply engraved in our minds that even today, it is difficult to discard. Einstein went on to come up with unconventional predictions of how objects behave when they approach the speed of light. These imaginary experiments came to be known as Einstein's paradoxes. Perhaps the most famous one is the twins paradox: A twin steps on a spaceship and travels at the speed of light for 20 years according to his watch. When he returns to Earth, he will find that much more time has indeed elapsed during his absence and his twin brother is now 100 years older than him. You might find it hard to accept this outcome. That is why it is called a paradox in the first place. However, this is not so difficult any more if you think of time being relative. Einstein's brilliance in my opinion, lies not in his discovery of relativity, but the manner in which he did it. In order to reach his conclusions, he took a step back from well known physics principles. Instead of taking for granted the firmly-entrenched view that time was absolute, he chose to doubt it. In the end, he took a completely opposite stance. As a result, every road block baffling the scientific world then was instantly removed. Einstein's work prompted me to wonder whether we can always take our assumptions for granted. Sometimes, moving a step backwards and re-evaluating popular opinion is not a bad idea. Of course, to his credit, Einstein also applied immense creativity and ingenuity to secure the fantastic success that he enjoyed. Nonetheless, I will keep this lesson in mind on my quest for knowledge. -PTS www.parttimescholar.com
Date published: 2010-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from You're supposed to be setting a good example. Science! Most of this is wrong, but since I only have 1000 words to comment, it's not like I can go into a detailed description. Let's just say that Mr. Stephen Hawking is no Good Will Hunting. With regards, Phillip Fresno.
Date published: 2004-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Theories of Time Traveling This book by Stephen Hawking was excellent becasue he explained each layer of the theories very well. The pictures and diagrams explained the idea of the theories. The book was well seperated so that each chapter was different, but somehow related. I learned a lot from the book, and I felt a great need of learning more on this topic. Good job, Mr.Hawking!
Date published: 2001-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent introduction to quantum mechanics and th This is an excellent read for any quantum physicist who wants to understand the basic nature and history of the universe. Perhaps one day, there will be one unifying theory for the whole of the cosmos, but until then, this book is quite satisfactory.
Date published: 2000-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Brief History of Time: UPDATED AND EXPANDED TENT Stephen Hawking has a knack for explaining extremely complex ideas in a manner comprehensible to a layman. Most of the theories he discusses involve complicated mathematics, yet he is able to explain them in simple terms. His wry sense of humour often peeks out from behind serious discussions, such as his opinion of the likelihood of a particle accelerator the size of the solar system being built. (unlikely under present economic circumstances) This is a book worth owning and reading several times. Each re-reading brings you a little closer to understanding the leading edge research on how the universe works.
Date published: 2000-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mystical Universe finally understood! Stephen Hawking has an incredible talent, for having been able to seize my brain, and actually making me understand (finally) an enormous chunk of science. His book is for anyone who wants to know more.... even though they think they wouldn't be able to understand! I loved it, and I am now interested in science, astronomy and physics more than ever... and I haven't even passed Science in High School once!!!
Date published: 2000-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality This book was an excellent introduction to the world of advanced physics. Hawking has a gift for explaining abstractions in simple terms. I need to take a breather, then read it again just to soak up more of what it has to offer.
Date published: 2000-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from prerequisite: none I liked how Stephen Hawking explains in plain English how the universe was created. There are also some crazy theories on black holes (like harnessing their power to fuel things on earth) and time travel that I could actually understand. I FEEL smarter having read this book.
Date published: 1999-12-17