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A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (1988)

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    The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality by Brian Greene (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: Although it's longer, Brian Greene's book is much more easily digestible. Plus, he gives you an idea of what they're hoping to discover at the Large Hadron Collider.
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    Knowledge and Wonder (2nd ed.) by Victor F. Weisskopf (erik_galicki)
    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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    The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality by Dalai Lama (leahsimone)
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Na verdade, o livro merece cinco estrelas. Talvez até mais. O tema é interessante (para quem aprecia) e Hawkings explica-o de uma forma simples e cativante. Nesse caso, porque não dar-lhe pontuação máxima? A melhor justificação que me ocorre é para o reler. Um dia destes. ( )
  Joel.G..Gomes | Apr 17, 2014 |
Somewhat out of date? ( )
  clifforddham | Mar 19, 2014 |
Stephen Hawking says in "A Brief History of Time" that his book is one of the most owned but unread. He says he's sold one book for every 750 people on Earth!

It's a shame that those copies go unread... Hawking's book is a pretty readable lesson on physics and the general ideas behind work relating to space and time.

I've never taken a physics class and mostly found the book interesting. As his thoughts grew more complex at the end of chapters, I did find myself getting a bit lost (mainly because some of these concepts are beyond me.) However, Hawking frequently "dumbs things down" by giving concrete real world examples that help at least provide a general idea.

Glad I read this one, though it did confirm that a career path in science was not for me! ( )
  amerynth | Mar 7, 2014 |
Very readable. ( )
  KirkLowery | Mar 4, 2014 |
A very good book from brilliant person. One must be thankful to Hawking to take effort to write a science book for general audience. And, in this process producing an excellent book which does not require a background in science to understand the physics concepts from basics to all the way up to latest and greatest string theory. Editors team, mainly Peter Guzzardi (mentioned in acknowledgements) must be recognized for pestering Hawking to cut down as much technical material as possible and helping him in producing an easy to read text.
I have read physics in school and first year in college more than 15 years back, that time covered classical physics, and touch upon quantum mechanics, uncertainty principle, and few other advance concepts briefly. Reading this book was refresher and provided much needed conceptual knowledge about things that I thought I knew then! Subsequent chapters in the book go into relativity, black holes, universe etc, and everything is very well explained. In the end, it started to become too heavy (for me) when time-space, big-bang, light cones, string theory etc came up.

A recommended read for everyone! Simply start reading from page 1, and feel free to stop anytime book starts to go over the head as book progressively gets into more difficult concepts. :-) ( )
  sandeepk77 | Feb 28, 2014 |
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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.
 

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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0553380168, Paperback)

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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