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1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing, 11 Jan. 2006
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This publication barely deserves the title of "book". It covers it's topics in the same depth as the introduction in other popular science books. It offers very little that is new and covers none of it in depth.
The book is very short. In order to fill space, it is printed double spaced and contains far too many trivial illustrations. e.g. mention is made that if conditions were different from those observed, the earth could spiral into the sun. This is illustrated by a half page graphic showing a spiral with a representation of the earth at one end and one of the sun at the other!
If you want a book with a prestigious author's name on the cover on your bookshelf, then this is the one for you. Otherwise avoid it.
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Initial post: 22 Oct 2008 15:02:59 BDT
Sam says:
If you took a look at the product description you would probably have an idea that this book is not for you before buying it. This book is intended for those who seek that level of knowledge as a start, and hence it was made as simple as possible. Maybe you can refer to A Brief History of Time, the original book of this version.

Posted on 25 Jan 2009 23:12:09 GMT
D. Hartley says:
Just read the book and completely agree with you. Wasted my money on this one. I am a big fan of Stephen Hawking and expected more from this book. I understood it was intended to be brief (or at least briefer than the original), but I gained nothing from reading it. Most of the info inside is almost common knowledge these days and the newer stuff such as string theory is just skirted over. Sadly disappointing. Will take more notice of your reviews in future.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2010 08:48:29 BDT
D. Wilson says:
Are you stupid boy (D.Hartley)?

The book is intended for people who struggled with the full version, if you read the back cover you will understand this. I feel it meets its specification perfectly, giving a layman an understandable entry into the subject.

If you already understood the full version texts, why on earth did you buy, read and then criticise the "entry level" book? Idiot.

Posted on 27 Nov 2010 17:08:47 GMT
Pen Name says:
This book is quite misleading, it only offers a very basic introduction to theoretical physics and astronomy. This book has a very basic language, and while introduces many ideas, it fails to expand on any of them in great depth. Reading relevant wikipedia articles would be more beneficial to a person interested in the topic.

However I would recommend this book for a smart child, or a scientifically minded 13-16 year old.
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