A Brief History of Time (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, May 4, 2011 - Science - 212 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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The introduction to relativity was good. - LibraryThing
This makes the visualization of them very difficult. - LibraryThing
Just a little dated, but he's an entertaining writer. - LibraryThing
I do think his explanations are lucid and elegant. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - Darnell Alexander - Goodreads

The book is very intriguing and thought provoking. the first few chapters detail the history of the process mankind took to determine that the Earth was actually round instead or flat. An Italian ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mary - Goodreads

I know this is supposed to provide a dumbed-down explanation of how the world works but apparently I'm still not smart enough for it. The parts that I understood were interesting and enlightening. Also, I know he's brilliant, but his arrogance finds it say through his attempted folksiness. Read full review

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Chapter Two Space and Time
Chapter Three The Expanding Universe
Chapter Four The Uncertainty Principle
Chapter Six Black Holes 83
Chapter Twelve Conclusion

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About the author (2011)

Stephen Hawking is Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge; his other books for the general reader include A Briefer History of Time, Black Holes and Baby Universes and The Universe in a Nutshell.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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