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Stephen Hawking's Universe: The Cosmos Explained Hardcover – 12 Nov 1997


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; First Edition edition (12 Nov. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465081991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465081998
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 19.7 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,032,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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STEPHEN HAWKING'S MODEL OF THE UNIVERSE, AS HE WOULD READILY admit, is not something he invented on his own. Read the first page
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 22 Nov. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Stephen Hawking is widely acknowledged as one of the most intelligent persons on the planet, often seen as the intellectual successor to Einstein in reputation if not in actual adherence to theories. This book by David Filkin is a companion to book to a BBC/PBS series by the same name, highlighting different aspects and ideas that came from the television production.
Stephen Hawking's own book, `A Brief History of Time', is a very popular and accessible account of modern theoretical physics - it is somewhat astonishing that a book on this topic should have sold well over 10 million copies worldwide, being translated into many languages. Filkin's book looks not only at the theories (many of which can be found in Hawking's book), but also at the personality of the man behind the ideas. Hawking describes himself as a boy who liked to take things apart to see what made them tick - this is a rather difficult enterprise to undertake when dealing with the universe as a whole.
David Filkin and Stephen Hawking were at Oxford together. Filkin was on the crew team, and Hawking was the cox for the team of eight. Filkin writes of knowing Hawking only peripherally then, but being impressed with his determination, something that has continued to show through in Hawking's life, as he battles debilitating illness. However, as Filkin states, it is easy to get lost in thinking of Hawking in those terms. Hawking is worthy of recognition for his academic achievements in their own right - he holds the mathematics chair at Cambridge that Sir Isaac Newton held (and, as testament to its importance, one of the `future scenes' of Star Trek shows the android Data also hold the same chair, mentioning into the futuristic narrative both Newton and Hawking in the same breath).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 April 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book gives a very good overview about man's view on the universe. Starting with the acient Greeks and ending with the modern theories about how the universe came into existans. This book does not talk about the way Stephen Hawking sees our universe (there are only 5 pages dedicated to Stephen Hawking's view). The authors stays very objective about all modern theories, so you can decide for yourself what you want to believe or not. If you don't know anything about cosmology or the universe, this book is really worthwile. Very clear language for an immensly difficult subject!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By eliane on 7 May 2001
Format: Paperback
As a stargazer though not a physicist/astronomer, I totally enjoyed this book and achieved a new level of understanding of the material. Reading this book was an adventure in itself. Get the hard cover, full of illustrations and great photography
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 July 1999
Format: Paperback
I'm only fourteen, and such books can often be intimidating. I was pleasantly surprised to find this book easy to read and understand. It's an excellent book to read if you're looking for a relatively general explination of the cosmos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Glen Mountfort on 2 Nov. 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
This puts some complex subjects into everyday and understandable terms for those without a physics degree. Parts were truly mindblowing, not an easy task as many authors struggle to pitch science writing at the audience successfully.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 April 1999
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I watched a tv documentary that initially got me rraelly interested in the universe. I went to the bookstore and I got this as a first book. I started reading it, and couldn't stop!! This book presents the development of science and its discoveries and thought processses in a very logical, clear way. It's analogies are excellent ex. space-time as a plane, pulling of gravity as a hole in that plane, the workings of the particle accelelator as a big slide....I mean this book really helps you visualize the complex mathematical equations of the Great Minds of Newton, Einstein, etc etc. You come to understand�@(not just read about) the challenges and problems cosmoly presented at each step and how they were solved by ingenious minds. I feel like I learned more from the pictures and the analogies in this absorbing book than in any of my classes at my college. This is an excellent book to start learning about astronomy--you MUST get it, it is worth so much more than what you pay!!
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