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Brief History of Time by Steven Hawkins

Brief History of Time (2007)

by Steven Hawkins

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Title:Brief History of Time
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A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes by Stephen Hawking (2007)

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    erik_galicki: I think Weisskopf strikes a better balance between big picture and detail. Hawking provides more detail on particle physics and cosmology, but I think Weisskopf makes the connections between the two more apparent and clearer.
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Unless you're a particle physicist, you're going to need to keep Wikipedia handy, but Professor Hawking does a great job of making the topics accessible to the layman. There is no math in the book, so sometimes he necessarily has to glaze over explanations as "due to technical reasons" but overall this book is an incredible primer into particle physics, and even metaphysics, into which he delves in regularly and from a scientific perspective. Amazing book. ( )
  JFloppyz | Mar 5, 2017 |
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  yakov.perelman | Feb 9, 2017 |
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  ronchan | Nov 14, 2016 |
Un libro que aborda la teoría del tejido espacio tiempo con un lenguaje y una narrativa apta para principiantes. Escrito con un evidente sentido del humor, Hawking deja en este libro un manifiesto de los principales aportes de las más grandes mentes científicas sobre física y astronomía sin dejar de lado el entorno en el que se dieron estos pasos para la humanidad que al mismo tiempo se enfrentaban a la naturaleza humana de persistir en creencias preestablecidas. ( )
  Pedro3D | Oct 9, 2016 |
I liked this book a lot. I was listening to audio version to my surprise it was said to be for kids. For kids? That book is for everyone. It starts with very easy to grasp concepts but then it progresses to some esoteric ideas. And at the end it plunges down to some mundane topics. Describing history of Einstein and Newton and Galileo. I liked the way it easily explained all of the phenomena it discusses. Some of the examples are so great. Like the example of the order and disorder in our universe. That is entropy. At one point Stephen Hawking shows us how memorizing his book would affect universe and energy we consume. To sum up my reading experience the thing that makes this book so unique is that it touches bases with many fields of science from cosmology, physics to philosophy and theology. That is exactly what makes an interesting person interesting knowledge of a broad topics. The plot of this book bends stretches and shapes the reader. Highly enjoyed this work. ( )
  Anatoly1988 | Sep 27, 2016 |
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Through his cerebral journeys, Mr. Hawking is bravely taking some of the first, though tentative, steps toward quantizing the early universe, and he offers us a provocative glimpse of the work in progress.
Pending. Mention on Friedman and other soviet cosmologists
Unless you're a particle physicist, you're going to need to keep Wikipedia handy, but Professor Hawking does a great job of making the topics accessible to the layman. There is no math in the book, so sometimes he necessarily has to glaze over explanations as "due to technical reasons" but overall this book is an incredible primer into particle physics, and even metaphysics, into which he delves in regularly and from a scientific perspective. Amazing book.

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Jackson, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kober, HainerTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kreitmeyer, JensCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miller, RonIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sagan, CarlIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schmidt, BerndConsultant (German Translation)secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Che cosa sappiamo sull'universo, e come lo sappiamo? Da dove è venuto, e dove sta andando? L'universo ebbe un inizio e, in tal caso cosa c'era prima? Il tempo avrà mai una fine?" Con questi quesiti Stephen Hawking ci introduce in una straordinaria avventura: un'emozionante cavalcata nel tempo. L'espansione dell'universo, il principio di indeterminazione, le particelle elementari e le forze della natura, l'origine e la sorte dell'universo, l'unificazione della fisica sono le grandi tappe di questo viaggio indimenticabile. Ma oltre a riassumere le conoscenze tradizionali Hawking illustra le ultime teorie sulla fisica dei buchi neri, il principio antropico, la teoria dell'universo inflazionario, l'universo contenuto in una bolla.
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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 nonscientists understand the questions being asked by scientists today: 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 reveal these questions (and where we're looking 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; these concepts are so vast (or so tiny) as to cause 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

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"In the ten years since its publication in 1988, Stephen Hawking's classic work has become a landmark volume in scientific writing, with more than nine million copies in forty languages sold worldwide. That edition was on the cutting edge of what was then known about the origins and nature of the universe. But the intervening years have seen extraordinary advances in the technology of observing both the micro- and the macrocosmic worlds. These observations have confirmed many of Professor Hawking's theoretical predictions in the first edition of his book, including the recent discoveries of the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite (COBE), which probed back in time to within 300,000 years of the universe's beginning and revealed wrinkles in the fabric of space-time that he had projected." "Eager to bring to his original text the new knowledge revealed by these observations, as well as his own recent research, Professor Hawking has prepared a new introduction to the book, written an entirely new chapter on wormholes and time travel, and updated the chapters throughout."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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