A brief history of time: from the big bang to black holes

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Bantam Books, 1988 - History - 198 pages
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Stephen Hawking has earned a reputation as the most brilliant theoretical physicist since Einstein. In this landmark volume, Professor Hawking shares his blazing intellect with nonscientists everywhere, guiding us expertly to confront the supreme questions of the nature of time and the universe. Was there a beginning of time? Will there be an end? Is the universe infinite or does it have boundaries? From Galileo and Newton to modern astrophysics, from the breathtakingly cast to the extraordinarily tiny, Professor Hawking leads us on an exhilarating journey to distant galaxies, black holes, alternate dimensions--as close as man has ever ventured to the mind of God. From the vantage point of the wheelchair from which he has spent more than twenty years trapped by Lou Gehrig's disease, Stephen Hawking has transformed our view of the universe. Cogently explained, passionately revealed,A Brief History of Timeis the story of the ultimate quest for knowledge: the ongoing search for the tantalizing secrets at the heart of time and space.

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Easy to read and understand a complicated subject. - Goodreads
When I get confused by the intro, this is a bad sign. - Goodreads
Hawking is such an inspiring writer. - Goodreads
This gave me zero insight into physics. - Goodreads
Educational and at times mind bending. - Goodreads
fun overview of my physics "career" in college. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Tommy Cummings - Goodreads

Wow, what a great book. My only complaint is that sometimes Hawking assumed the reader to be more familiar with an idea or theory than they probably are. Otherwise I would have given it 5 stars. Great Read. Read full review

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User Review  - John Reas - Goodreads

I enjoyed Hawking's book as he outlined man's view on time and the universe from the time of the ancients to the present. In clear, laymen terms, he covered a large amount of material, from quarks and ... Read full review

Contents

The Unification of Physics
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Conclusion
171
Albert Einstein
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Professor Stephen Hawking, a Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge, is the pre-eminent theoretical physicist in the world. His book "A Brief History of Time" was a phenomenal worldwide bestseller. He has twelve honorary degrees and was awarded the CBE and was made a Companion of Honour. He has three children and one grandchild. Visit him at www.hawking.org.uk.

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