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Does it succeed? Yes and no. While Hawking offers genuinely accessible context for such complexities as string theory and the nature of time, it's when he must translate equations to sentences that the limits of language get in the way. But Hawking has simplified the origin of the universe, the nature of space and time, and what holds it all together to an unprecedented degree, inviting nonscientists to share his obvious awe and love of the unseen forces that shape it all.
Yes, it's difficult reading, but it's worth it. Hawking is one of the great geniuses of our time, a man whose life has been devoted to thinking in the abstract about the universe. With his help, and pictures--lots of pictures--we can seek to understand a bit more of the cosmos. --Therese Littleton
The Universe in a Nutshell is the best popular science book I have ever read.
Dr. Hawking takes the most complex theories at the forefront of physics and makes them easily understood without the use of mathematics.
I found the book easy to read and totally enjoyable, with humor, understanding and humanity.
Stephen Hawking knows how to deploy a great scientific field in such simple words, and yet, you can perceive the profound complexity that is astronomy. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Wolf Fivousix
I bought the book and a friend of mine had to have it...now it's gone, i need to get another!Published 28 days ago by musicgalaxyman
I read this book followed by The Grand Design back-to-back. Years ago, I read Hawking's Black Holes and Baby Universes, and it appears Hawking has changed his position on various... Read morePublished 1 month ago by JustinHoca
I could not understand ,visualize any concept explained in this book. Got some rough idea about string theory.
But Imaginary time, p branes, time travel .... Read more
In this installment of Professor Hawking's discussion on cosmology, he expands his insights concern humanity and its future. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joseph Hill
Hawking is a clear and quite funny writer. He is able to explain complex theories at the forefront of physics in an accessible manner. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rafael Christ