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In 14 pieces, the author of A Brief History of Time examines astrophysics, current events and his own life.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Hawking is quite probably the most admired and recognizable figure in science today. His A Brief History of Time ( LJ 4/15/88) was a surprise best seller that stimulated a public fascination with this man who, although stricken with a debilitating neurological disease, is widely regarded as the most brilliant theoretical physicist since Einstein. This new collection of essays and lectures will no doubt attract a large readership, but it is somewhat unbalanced. The biographical pieces are digressive and not particularly enlightening. Most pointless is the concluding piece, an interview in which Hawking expounds upon the eight records he would want if he were shipwrecked on a desert island. The scientific essays are much stronger and offer insight into a variety of cutting-edge issues in contemporary physics, though much of what is presented can be found in Brief History. Readers interested in Hawking's life are better advised to read John Gribbin and Michael White's Stephen Hawking: A Life in Science ( LJ 5/1/92). Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/93.
- Gregg Sapp, Montana State Univ. Libs., Bozeman
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In this book Hawking talks about his life and about his major areas of interest in his researches.
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Most essays are accessible. Some were a challenge. A good book, but I preferred his earlier work, A Brief History of Time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tara
I read "A brief history of time" before this one and some ideas and concepts were still unclear to me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pablo G.
If you all ready read a brief history in time, dont purchase this book, it contains almost the same.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
the book kept you intrigued til the end. Simplistic terms for any person with real intelligence would understand. is captivatingPublished 5 months ago by David L Powers