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A Brief History Of Time: From Big Bang To Black Holes Paperback – 1 Apr 1995

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; New Ed edition (1 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553175211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553175219
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (651 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stephen Hawking, one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists in history, wrote the modern classic A Brief History of Time to help non-scientists understand fundamental questions of physics and our existence: where did the universe come from? How and why did it begin? Will it come to an end, and if so, how? Hawking attempts to deal with these questions (and where we might look for answers) using a minimum of technical jargon. Among the topics gracefully covered are gravity, black holes, the Big Bang, the nature of time and physicists' search for a grand unifying theory. This is deep science; the concepts are so vast (or so tiny) that they cause mental vertigo while reading, and one can't help but marvel at Hawking's ability to synthesize this difficult subject for people not used to thinking about things like alternate dimensions. The journey is certainly worth taking for as Hawking says, the reward of understanding the universe may be a glimpse of "the mind of God". --Therese Littleton, Amazon.com

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"This app/book version of Hawking's famous laymen book is just an amazing piece of learning. This makes much more accessible and understandable the complex and awesome topics dealt by Hawking as he explains how our universe works. I am just in awe at how creative he is to produce one of a kind e-book like this. The pace, illustrations and connections of topics within the book are so helpful and so appropriate for the new generation used to tweets and small bites of information. You can flip over some topics when you have some time, learn some amazing fact, and come back later which no rush or worry about how fast you are progressing through the book. Hope other books on complex topics are translated to this format. And I love the updates of the latest science since the publication of the original book. We have learned so much in the last decade that I agree with Hawking, it is an honour to live in this times." (Ribozyme)

"'Master of the Universe...One scientist's courageous voyage to the frontiers of the Cosmos'" (Newsweek)

"'This book marries a child's wonder to a genius's intellect. We journey into Hawking's universe, while marvelling at his mind'" (The Sunday Times)

"'He can explain the complexities of cosmological physics with an engaging combination of clarity and wit...His is a brain of extraordinary power'" (Observer)

"'To follow such a fine mind as it exposes such great problems is an exciting experience'" (The Sunday Times)

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It's amazing how quickly Quantum and astro-physics enter into the public consciousness. Stephen Hawking has been instrumental in doing this with his lectures and books. In fact, his views and papers have become pretty-much the established scientific viewpoint on most cosmology, and temporal physics.

Although this book is getting on a little bit, and most of the key concepts are pretty-much mainstream now, it stands out as one of the better books on the subject. Sci-fi and pop-sci authors have done a brilliant job in taking what Professor Hawking originally wrote in this book, and others, and then distilling them down into much simpler ideas. This means that now, even someone who's not a science buff would be able to pick this up and follow along with almost everything.

The descriptions and explanations stay away from the mind-poundingly prodigious maths, and instead focus on the cause and effect of the physics problems which affect everything from protons to galaxies.

I know a lot of people will see "Stephen Hawking" and expect page 1 to be a "classical differential derivation of a gaussian distribution of matter particles in a quantum foam environment using non-euclidean warp core fusion blah blah" or some other star trek gobbledegook, but the truth is far from it. It reads relatively humbly, and takes its time to go through the high-level concepts without getting lost in the detail.

If you're interested in a general discussion of the state of physics, and how we got from an apple falling from a tree to detecting gravity waves, this is one of the main books to read.
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I could not stop reading this book its is written in such a mind blowing way it completely absorbs you
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Written in such an engaging, sophisticated and easy to understand way. The book contains lots of detail and some decent images to help. I learnt a lot from this book and I Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks Mr hawking :)
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Excellent what more needs to be said
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Very good read
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Super book. I wish I had taken physics more seriously as a kid.
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Simply written, and easy to understand even with no/or weak background in physics and astronomy !
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Got it for a gift for my nephew who's studying physics. He really seemed to like it.
The pictures add an extra dimension to an already great book
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