A Brief History of Time

A Brief History of Time

Paperback - 1998
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Published more than two decades ago to great critical acclaim and commercial success, A Brief History of Time has become a landmark volume in science writing. Stephen Hawking, one of the great minds of our time, 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.
Published: New York : Bantam Books, 1998.
Edition: Updated and expanded tenth anniversary ed.
ISBN: 9780553109535
0553109537
9780553380163
0553380168
Branch Call Number: 523.1 HAW UPDATED ED.
Characteristics: ix, 212 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm.

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DBRL_READER Nov 07, 2013

One of the world’s most brilliant physicists explains theories of the universe in language the lay person can understand


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123letgoofme
Jun 24, 2018

I found most of this book to be unintelligible. I have a brilliant mind compared to some
of the ridiculous comments here. One would have to be an astrophysicist to really have any
understanding of the material.

For example, waht is imaginary time? Everything here is theoretical, mainly because they
do not fully understand the origin of the universe. These are educated guesses. Ask someone
to define a singularity in layman's terms. They cannot

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1234567guy
Jun 21, 2018

when you read this book your brain is somewhere else in the universe....

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Brynn_
Jun 13, 2018

I own a copy of this book and it’s definitely my favourite book of all time! I strongly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Stephen Hawking

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trnwmc1
Feb 26, 2018

Almost as good as Boogie nights

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 23, 2018

"It's turtles all the way down!" will probably be an iconic line for me for the next bit. On my own, I would have never thought to ever read this. I am very thankful for my friend who was an inspiration to me in her brilliance and sort of recommended it. Throughout the "brief" explanations, I felt a little muddled over some parts. However, I found that overall I thoroughly enjoyed all of the mystical and fascinating explanations of theories and ideas. For a high school student, this may be a bit of a struggle so I suggest having a bit of physics background (and science) before proceeding in reading this.
- @Siri of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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burrakavita
Aug 07, 2017

I am a 6th grader, and I have came here after reading last book in the Accelerati Trilogy (Hawking's Hallway) by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman. I must say, I am very intrigued by all this space-time continuum and time travel and stuff like this. For people who love this book, I recommend you read the Accelerati trilogy. You will love it.

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davidgaravito
Oct 31, 2016

 A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking is a book about of a history of the universe, for my opinion is something amazing this book, shows how the ideas of the human was changing that first start with  Aristotle who thought that the earth was stationary so the earth didn’t move and the planets, the sun and the stars was moving around the earth, and to finish Hawking with his big theory about blacks holes that it is something awesome. For me the most impact it was when I understood how the big ideas were changing  to understand better the world.
    From my point of view the best scientist has been Stephen Hawking, he is a scientist who everybody should admire because he is a disable person, but he is really smart, also he has the same respect that Albert Einstein, he has a real goal that he said “ My goal is simple. It is complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all”. In my opinion this “goal” is something unbelievable, this is why he is so smart but he has a problem or something that for me it isn't okay that he is atheist; Although,he wrote a letter where he told that God was always in the equations,It was my conclusion about his letter.
    The book A Brief History of Time let me feel without knowledge about this theme,   because in the book explain everything in the universe in my world specifically. I could discover something that I didn’t know, but I always keep asking me the same question.One part told about the blacks holes that  I don’t like just because our mathematics are excellent, but the technology of the humans can’t travel  to the galaxies to test all theories that we have it.

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yo89999
Jun 22, 2016

This book was very enjoyable and introduced me easily to some of the hard concepts of modern physics

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dwcole78
Aug 05, 2015

Note that it is on my completed list not my I understood it list

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Mark Melnychuk
Jun 10, 2012

Hawkin's A Brief History of Time leaves many aspects of modern and classical physics only half explained. This is partly due to his decision to steer clear of even the simplest mathematics, not wanting to alienate a mathematically incompetent readership. The result is pretty unsatisfactory and explains the books notoriety as one of the most unread bestsellers. A much better popular science book, covering much the same ground, is Why Does E=mc² ? by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw.
After reading A Brief History of Time, one wonders whether Hawkin's standing in the field is as high as it seems. He doesn't even discuss the concept of gravity as curved space and that is a significant omission. Also, he merely offers tantilizing hints of the reality behind physical phenomena and nothing more. Some say he isn't so great and there are more than a few others that are just as great or greater. In our politically correct, mad society, it is no suprise that a physically-challenged physicist should get undue attention. Forget A Brief History of Time; read instead the alternative mentioned above.

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yo89999
Jun 20, 2016

Some people never admit that they are wrong and continue to find new, and often mutually inconsistent, arguments to support their case - as Eddington did in opposing black hole theory. Others claim to have never really supported the view in the first place or, if they did, it was only to show that it was inconsistent. It seems to me much better and less confusing if you admit in print that you were wrong.

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yo89999
Jun 20, 2016

We find ourselves in a bewildering world. We want to make sense of what we see around us and to ask: What is the nature of the universe? What is our place in it and where did it and we come from? Why is it the way it is?

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davidgaravito
Oct 31, 2016

 A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking is a book about of a history of the universe, for my opinion is something amazing this book, shows how the ideas of the human was changing that first start with  Aristotle who thought that the earth was stationary so the earth didn’t move and the planets,the sun and the stars was moving around the earth,and to finish Hawking with his big theory about blacks holes that it is something awesome. For me the most impact it was when I understood how the big ideas were changing  to understand better the world.
    From my point of view the best scientist has been Stephen Hawking, he is a scientist who everybody should admire because he is a disable person, but he is really smart, also he has the same respect that Albert Einstein, he has a real goal that he said “ My goal is simple. It is complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all”. In my opinion this “goal” is something unbelievable, this is why he is so smart but he has a problem or something that for me it isn't okay that he is atheist; Although,he wrote a letter where he told that God was always in the equations,It was my conclusion about his letter.
    The book A Brief History of Time let me feel without knowledge about this theme,   because in the book explain everything in the universe in my world specifically. I could discover something that I didn’t know, but I always keep asking me the same question.One part told about the blacks holes that  I don’t like just because our mathematics are excellent, but the technology of the humans can’t travel  to the galaxies to test all theories that we have it.

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