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A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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[Hawking] can explain the complexities of cosmological physics with an engaging combination of clarity and wit. . . . His is a brain of extraordinary power.--The New York Review of Books
This book marries a child's wonder to a genius's intellect. We journey into Hawking's universe while marvelling at his mind.--The Sunday Times, (London)
Masterful.--The Wall Street Journal
Charming and lucid . . . [A book of] sunny brilliance.--The New Yorker
Lively and provocative . . . Mr. Hawking clearly possesses a natural teacher's gifts -- easy, good-natured humor and an ability to illustrate highly complex propositions with analogies plucked from daily life.--The New York Times
Even as he sits helpless in his wheelchair, his mind seems to soar ever more brilliantly across the vastness of space and time to unlock the secrets of the universe.--Time --Reviews
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is dumbed down to where it is interesting and readable for the ordinary reader.Published 4 hours ago by wolf
Great book, though I did prefer The Universe in a Nutshell, and if you have not seen the BBC Miniseries The Grand Design(based on the book) I would also suggest it.Published 4 days ago by Chanzy
I have been busy and haven't finished my book yet boo hoo but I can say I didn't want to put the book down because I can understand what he is saying its on a level of... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Classic book, well written so a regular person can understand a complex topic. I bought it for my 16 year old daughter.Published 7 days ago by William Mitchell
Excellent description, easy to understand. Made me have a different look at the universePublished 12 days ago by Ziad Maalouf
As expected Stephen Hawking gives readers plenty of knowledge concerning physics while presenting it so that readers are able to understand it.Published 14 days ago by Melissa Robinson
I was disappointed that the most recent update was 1996. Turns out I already had a combined book of this and "Universe in a Nutshell" so I am going back to reread it.Published 14 days ago by Roger Utz