8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A long, confusing and eventually a frustrating read.,
This review is from: The End of Time. The Next Revolution in Our Understanding of the Universe (Hardcover)
There are currently several books dealing with new theories in physics, they are fascinating but I found the "End of Time" a bit disappointing after all the hype (see reviews above). What I want in a book of this type are three things, firstly to be educated on the general theoretical background, entertainingly presented the history of the subject up to the present day, secondly the author must, as succinctly as possible, explain their theory; show where it supports and where it overturns conventional ideas. Finally the books must present conclusions, sketch out the likely impact of the new concept. The "End of Time" devotes many pages to arguments in favour of the author's thesis, in a way that will bore the general reader but is unlikely to convince the physicists. Near the end of the book my feeling was ok ok you win, just tell me the implications, but that's the problem, the author refuses to speculate, possibly on the spurious grounds that predictions are impossible in a world without time. In summary a long, confusing and eventually a frustrating read. If you want to see how a book of this type should be handled read the unbelievably good "The Inflationary Universe" by Alan H. Guth.
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Initial post: 4 Oct 2015, 00:54:47 BST
Amazon Customer says:
Rather a disparaging review considering you went for 4 stars!
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