Stephen Hawking's Universe: The Cosmos Explained Kindle Edition
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In terms of presentation, this book does a great job in showing us the discoveries made by various scientists of the past and present in a fairly logical order. The beautiful illustrations used also contribute in helping the readers to understand and to maintain interest in the contents. Nevertheless, at times the author does seem to lose focus on the topics, and they become slightly more difficult to follow. Quite often you have to read on a couple of pages (or even chapters) before you are taken back on track.
To summarise, the book provides a clear outline of human's knowledge of the universe in a very graphical manner, and would be suited to those new to such concepts. However, if you are expecting explanation of greater depths, then you will probably be disappointed.
Second, it is an excellent explanation of how we got to where we are in understanding.
What I like about it most, is what I found in it that is absent in most such books - an honest admitting that, at every turn and at every new development, more questions were generated than answers, and the possible answers have not yet been able to eliminate the possiblity of randomness or creative divinity at the beginning.
In addition, it shows clearly that scientists have made as many mistakes as the religious (i.e. the use of radio-active material at its earliest use in society).
Most importantly, there is a documented record of the historal view that the big bang was a Christian contribution that does not destroy the idea of God, but was supportive of the idea of God, through science. The whole story of Einstein's criticism of Newton's physics (the foundation of astronomy for hundreds of years); the implications of the Hubble expanding universe discovery and Lemaitre's reasoning back to the day before which there was not; this history, so conveniently overlooked in so much of the literature, is the line upon which Stephen Hawking's work with black holes rests.
The theories, the conjectures, the politics, the pride and competition, all these issues are a part of the history of the development of our current understanding, far from the image of scientists as noble altruistic champions in the search for absolute truth that we'd be lead to believe.Read more ›
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I dislike reading, but this book is explained to every detail. I'd read it again. With up to 278 pages it explains the history all the way to the search for black holes. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Serena zuniga
Stephen Hawking Is simply amazing. He makes complicated concepts and theory understandable to the general public. I enjoyed the book very much and think you would too.Published 13 months ago by jim martucci
well written history of cosmology but not in the words of Hawking.Published 17 months ago by robert j newman
Loved It! I have a much greater understanding of the Cosmos and many of the scientific discoveries since the Ancient Times.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
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