A Brief History of Time

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Random House Publishing Group, May 4, 2011 - Science - 224 pages
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A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking’s book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin—and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending—or are there boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space? What will happen when it all ends?

Told in language we all can understand, A Brief History of Time plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and “arrows of time,” of the big bang and a bigger God—where the possibilities are wondrous and unexpected. With exciting images and profound imagination, Stephen Hawking brings us closer to the ultimate secrets at the very heart of creation.
 

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User Review  - DzejnCrvena - LibraryThing

I got the version with no pictures in it, so I can't understand some concepts mentioned in the book. May reread later when I become (more) interested in physics or astronomy. It's one of the books I just picked randomly, even though my significant other mentioned it at least once. Read full review

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User Review  - Rose999 - LibraryThing

Ha, what can you say about this book? I liked it a lot, the concepts are extremely difficult to grasp at times but we are talking about theories that are being worked on by some of the most ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter One Our Picture of the Universe
15
Chapter Three The Expanding Universe
37
Chapter Four The Uncertainty Principle
55
Chapter Six Black Holes
83
Chapter Seven Black Holes Aint So Black
103
Chapter Eight The Origin and Fate of the Universe
119
Chapter Nine The Arrow of Time
147
Chapter Eleven The Unification of Physics
171
Chapter Twelve Conclusion
187
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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Stephen Hawking was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge for thirty years and the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His books for the general reader include My Brief History, the classic A Brief History of Time, the essay collection Black Holes and Baby Universes, The Universe in a Nutshell, and, with Leonard Mlodinow, A Briefer History of Time and The Grand Design. Stephen Hawking died in 2018.

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