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A Brief History of Time Paperback – Unabridged, September 1, 1998
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Stephen Hawking, one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists in history, wrote the modern classic A Brief History of Time to help nonscientists understand the questions being asked by scientists today: Where did the universe come from? How and why did it begin? Will it come to an end, and if so, how? Hawking attempts to reveal these questions (and where we're looking for answers) using a minimum of technical jargon. Among the topics gracefully covered are gravity, black holes, the Big Bang, the nature of time, and physicists' search for a grand unifying theory. This is deep science; these concepts are so vast (or so tiny) as to cause vertigo while reading, and one can't help but marvel at Hawking's ability to synthesize this difficult subject for people not used to thinking about things like alternate dimensions. The journey is certainly worth taking, for, as Hawking says, the reward of understanding the universe may be a glimpse of "the mind of God." --Therese Littleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“[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
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I do not intend to be in any way cruel or demeaning,In no way do I intend to be disrespectful of the courage and struggle this man has endured and I do believe he is known for his sense of humor but... when I see his picture on the book cover I think of Steve Martin in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
I love to have the wonders of the universe explained to me by someone who does not require me to do the math. I'll trust him.
I refuse to see current movie on his life. Hollywood is like the Eskimo mother who chews the whale meat for her child to eat. Only after Hollywood
Hawkings traces thought of the nature of the World through the eyes of ancient contributors to the scientific revolution to the study of atomic physics of the last century or two to modern times. One can be a novice and come away with a firm grasp of the subject. One can be partially trained to a certain level, breeze through those parts, and jump in where his knowledge is at it's limit.
You will not find complicated differential equations to struggle with, but you will find down to earth explanations to easily understand.
As to Pastafarianism, well pasta is made of carbohydrate, C, H and O. Hawkings will explain where these basic elements came from and where they are going.