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A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes Paperback – May 1, 1990
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This book covers ideas that are profound and affect everyone. It explains theories that concern the creation of the universe, time travel, light-speed travel, and many more topics. Imagine actually having some grasp of Einstein's general relativity. Ever heard of string theory? How might time travel actually be possible? What are these black holes of which I've heard? This book packs an incredible amount of information into its 248 pages, yet somehow is still easily read - this is the true marvel of this book.
The illustrated version is worth the extra money. It contains many updates and additions throughout the book by Hawking (including the time travel chapter!). Every (and I mean every) concept throughout the book is accompanied by at least one illustration - think about it: 240 color illustrations with only 248 pages!
Towards the middle of the book, some of the concepts get more complex (when he really gets into the details of sub-atomic particles). However, as a recent high school graduate, I can say with some level of certainty that the average person can understand 90% of this book - and those parts are the most interesting! It will change the way you look at the universe.
In summary, a fountain of information from galaxies and black holes to quantum mechanics presented in such a way that is not only as easy to understand as it can be, but is an enjoyable experience to read.
In this updated version, Hawking moves from time travel to black holes to general relativity, quantum mechanics and even string theory, he never fails to captivate and entrance, even though some of the theories are difficult to grasp.
The sections devoted to black holes and time travel are, in my view, the most interesting... putting a human slant of a highly theorical subject. With the addition of hundreds of amazing illustrations and photos, Hawking has made his revised book extremely readable and colorful, both comprehensive and comprehendable, as one reviewer put it.
An excellent introduction to relativity, big bang, and anything else you might have scratched your head about!
Hawking tries a little too hard to be witty at times (and punctuates all of his jokes with exclamation points! just in case you missed them!), but all-in-all, this was a quite readable account of what's presently known about cosmology. I use the term "presently" guardedly, as just recently there was some big finding about dark matter (it exists!), but from now on, when there are new findings in physics, I want Hawking to explain them to me, because I feel like then I might understand them. That's why you should read this book.
The reason you should not read this book is because you have no interest in wrestling with abstractions with which you will never interact in daily life, and would rather read about global warming or Darfur or something a bit more topical and practical. This was still a hard read, and I feel like I grasped maybe 80% of it. For you to decide, but for a former engineering student, this was something I wish I had read when I was taking physics.
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It is a Good book for anyone. Takes you out of this world and be a universe wanderer. The picture really helps to keep the interest going. The pictures are great. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Bear Creek
I was really looking forward to reading this to have the physics of the universe explained at a level that I could get a better handle on. Read morePublished 2 days ago by William G
Allowing for the disparity in their views of physics, Brian Greene's stuff is a lot more fun and better written and it comes without insertion of the author's ego into into the... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Bill Esselstein
This book may be too abstract for an average reader. I expected that even though this is a complex issue (another whole dimension or parallel universes), I expected Hawking's... Read morePublished 3 days ago by William Wehrell
Had to take it in fairly small doses, as it is incredibly cerebral (or course!), but written in an engaging style with excellent examples and metaphorical explanations for the... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Peggy Schiflett
Stephen Hawkings serves greatly the world of physics. Its good to count on people like him.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Book was a gift for someone interested in this subject. He said it is very interesting and informative.Published 5 days ago by Moriah Mercereau