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A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (1988)

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    Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays by Stephen W. Hawking (gandalf_grey)
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    Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher by Richard P. Feynman (OccamsHammer)
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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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    From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time by Sean Carroll (steve.clason)
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    Chaos and Harmony: Perspectives on Scientific Revolutions of the 20th Century by Xuan Thuan Trinh (Louve_de_mer)
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    The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality by H. H. (His Holiness) the Dalia Lama Dalai Lama, (His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama) (leahsimone)

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not for your average layman, but if you have an interest in space/physics it is definitely worth a read. ( )
  nmg1 | Mar 20, 2015 |
Ridiculously amazing. I put this book off because I thought it would be too hard but I found in these pages a kind friend with the most profound questions and insights anyone has ever had. And he wrote it in a way that I could understand. This is one of the best books that I have ever read. ( )
  aegossman | Feb 25, 2015 |
I studied astronomy last semester, this book is not easy for those who do not have a background on the topic, but if you do, and you like cosmology, this book is definitely a must read. It will help you simplify all those concepts and theories that make up the beautiful science of the heavens. As i stated, it is a difficult book but with some previous knowledge on the topic you will be alright. If you are taking astronomy in college or if you just like astronomy, this book is for you.
Overall it is a great book for astronomy and physics lovers. ( )
  karlapre | Jan 7, 2015 |
Let's just get this part out of the way. I am the epitome of the lay person when it comes to physics. I could understand the book's introduction, general statements, and conclusion. That's about it. So, for what it's worth, my take away is that humans continue to be driven to make meaning of their existence and scientists do so by trying to find absolutes. ( )
1 vote hemlokgang | Dec 27, 2014 |
Fascinating. I really enjoyed this. I've always liked "science-y" things, but this has really piqued my interest in physics. ( )
  benuathanasia | Dec 11, 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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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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