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A Brief History Of Time: From Big Bang To Black Holes Paperback – 18 Aug. 2011
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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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A Brief History Of Time: From Big Bang to Black Holes
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 synthesise 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".
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Perhaps part of A Brief History Of Time’s remarkable success lies in a nostalgic reaction. People used to live in houses with one big room. Go to Anne Hathaway’s house in Stratford and you’ll see how a sixteenth century hall was split into the rooms of later centuries. Perhaps, in a figurative sense, we look into a tiny room in the attic - where the physicist has a study - and yearn to return to that big hall where everyone is in it together.
So how did Stephen Hawking do? I have to admit to reading general books on physics that I have found much easier and more compelling - Superforce for example, by Paul Davies, an accomplished physicist in his own right. This is a book I read back in the 1980s after failing, on that occasion, to get to the end of A Brief History. But Stephen Hawking was one of the most famous physicists of modern times, isolated both by his esoteric field of expertise and his illness. Looking into the study of such a man increases the frisson.
Overall I would say I caught the gist of at least some of A Brief History, without feeling I gained a deep knowledge of anything. Maybe that is an inevitable part of what us general readers might call the Dilettante Principle, our equivalent of the Uncertainty Principle. You can either know a little about a lot, or a lot about a little, but not both.
I think if I’m honest I was more interested in the book not so much for what was in it - which I often had a tough time following - but for what it represents about the times we live in, where people know more and more about smaller and smaller areas. A lot of good books are like that. They catch a moment.
True, if one is to fully understand the complexities of this treatise, we will have to frequently stop and ponder but the effort is worth it for the enlightenment it brings.
The only complaint is that the diagrams have not converted well into Kindle.
Stephen Hawking obviously had a good sense of humour, judging by the way he expresses some things.
He must have been a very kind person, as he assures readers that there is nothing to worry about when he tells of things that some may consider alarming.
Top international reviews
Stephen Hawking takes us on a journey from the time when the world believed that Earth was the center of the universe and supported on the back of a giant tortoise to our age when we know better. Without the use of any mathematical equation, except the one famous mass energy equivalence relation by Einstein, he has explained the nature of our universe, from the smallest particles which cannot be seen to the biggest entities, the black holes in a simple language.
The manner in which Hawking broke down complex concepts in theoretical physics, along with his adept use of humor, he clearly won over the readers who otherwise might have found themselves intimidated by physics and maths.
I recommend it to all people who are interested in physics and cosmology but hate equations. 😄
The Grate Stephen Hawkings is the write which makes the book more legendary.
Grate to read the language is not much difficult to understand .
Nearly All my Dough of the space science has been cleared by this book.
If you have wondered about the big bang, black holes, elementary particles, general relativity, quantum mechanics, space and time, or the laws of the universe, this book is for you!
This book reminds one of how beautiful, fascinating and intriguing our universe is! I don't think the author could have simplified things any further. I rate the book a 5-star for keeping me engaged, for making me explore concepts I wouldn't have otherwise, and for reminding me of the wonders of the universe.
I mean it explains the high level concepts in a way that anyone can easily understand ..
You can easily understand the complexity of high level concepts in Easiest way..
If you're a at least +1 student and a physics lover ...This one is for you..
And it adds more interest If you are interested in astrophysics ...This book is a MUST...
And the hardest thing about the book is that you can't put it down...once you start reading it...it makes you understand and inspires you to think,which I find very amazing
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Well packed in the brown corrugated box with bubbles wrap inside.
1. Lightweight material. Good to carry and in a small size.
2. Page quality and printing is average (expected at this price point) however not an issue with legibility.
3. Cover and back are thick paper with plastic coating.
4. The language is very simple and easy to understand. Any fifth standard and above child should be able to
read it. The understandabilty of contents is great due to easy language used.
5. The topics are covered in good detail with explanation. The interesting contents about space and time are
something that we should know and understand.
I recommend this book for the people who has interest in Space, Time, Planets and Science. I great book for students.
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The reason I kept putting it off was because, although I am interested in the subject matter, I expected the book to be dry and dull. Scientific concepts are fascinating, but often the delivery of them is excruciating. Not in "A Brief History of Time." Hawking had a real knack for explaining complex concepts in a way that is accessible to everyone and, in many cases, humourous. Even the choice of title is a word play that only becomes clear as you progress as the book covers everything that has happened since the big bang, but also the history of humankind's quest to understand time as a concept.
I won't lie, there were times when I had to reread a page once or twice and then think about the implications of the idea presented before I could move on. But it's a fascinating journey, one I will be repeating, and possibly even building on.
More than really engaging with the book, I mostly was listening as it was being read. The level of the content started out relatively simply then rocketed off away from my puny brain. I did find myself in awe of some of the concepts Hawking explains and ties together so well.
Less of a history of time and moreso an analysis of the concepts and theories that determine the way we consider time and all that it entails. I was very impressed by the work that Hawking and the physics community have put into the thinking around our universe and place within.
The book encouraged me to find another entry point and pursue such thoughts to better understand all the forces that hold our world(s) together. Fantastic book!
Right from the time of Aristotle ( 350 B C ), Scientists & Philosophers have been trying to know more & more about our universe. This book tells us about the various models & theories made & modified from time to time to reach our present day knowledge of universe.
At least high school knowledge and interest in Physics is required to appreciate this book.
As consideracoes te’cnicas sao pouco atrativas para um leigo e tampouco deixam claro como 'e a funcionalidade de um buraco negro. Ele absorve tudo inclusive a luz e, em certo ponto perde energia e entra em colapso. O que aconteceu com tudo que ele absorveu? Vou ter que ir na internet investigar? Ai nao vale a pena.
Ja a explicacao do “Big Bang” ‘e mais clara: Hubble conseguiu mostrar que o universo esta expandidndo e, com isto, derivou-se que seria fruto de uma explosao de um ponto com massa infinita. Faz sentido. Intrigante, mas faz sentido.
No final do livro, ha breves estorias sobre Newton e Galileu que trazem informacoes pouco divulgadas e de grande interesse. Galileu ficou em prisao domiciliar por suas conviccoes tecnicas e, mesmo assim, conseguiu contrabandear um novo livro para a Holanda!
Caso esteja decidido a ler livro de um fisico proeminente, experimente “Como vejo o mundo”, de Albert Eistein.
‘E uma literatura muito mais enriquecedora.
Es hilft den Leser zu verstehen, wie wichtige Theorien entstanden sind.
Hawking hat durch einfache Beispiele in seiner klaren und und einfache Sprache, die großen Physikalische Errungenschaften der letzten Jahrzehnten, einem großen Publikum verständlich und unterhaltsam darzustellen.
Dieses Buch kann ich allen zum Lesen empfehlen, auch Leute die mit Physik normalerweise nicht zu tum haben wollen.