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Eine kurze Geschichte der Zeit (original 1988; edition 1998)

by Stephen Hawking, Hainer Kober (Übersetzer)

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Title:Eine kurze Geschichte der Zeit
Authors:Stephen Hawking
Other authors:Hainer Kober (Übersetzer)
Info:rororo (1998), Edition: 29, Taschenbuch, 272 pages
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A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes 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 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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This series just gets better and better! I find myself waiting in anticipation for the last one! ( )
  Vinbert | Nov 22, 2015 |
This series just gets better and better! I find myself waiting in anticipation for the last one! ( )
  Vinbert | Nov 22, 2015 |
A concise but sometimes overwhelming explanation of time, the origins of the universe, and Einstein's theory of relativity. ( )
  jrthebutler | Sep 23, 2015 |
A Brief History of Time condensed: It begins (maybe), it exists and goes on and it ends (maybe).

You can understand the tragedy and reason for A Brief History of Time’s existence from the last page of Hawking’s conclusion; that the sum of man’s knowledge is too great for anyone to comprehend. Amidst the bemoaning of Wittgenstein’s reduction of philosophy to linguistic legerdemain there’s a realisation that the limits of the human mind mean an actual grand unified theory is near impossible as no-one can reach the required level of understanding. None of us are God. We are limited by the amount of information we can partake of and our own mortality. So the best we can hope for is an infinite number of theories which explain aspects of the universe and, hopefully, eventually link them up via chance and hard work.

Hawking’s book is a remarkable work – it attempts to explain the cutting edge theories of black holes and quantum mechanics to a wide audience. And as garnish, at the end, he explains how modern science functions. In this it’s fairly successful – although he’s not a great prose stylist it’s functional and clear about the concepts he’s talking about. The presence of jokes is a boon amidst the heavy science, lightening the book and making it less frightening. It’s also enlightening to see scientists of the calibre of Hawking and Einstein being unafraid to admit error – this is likely what separates them from the (relative) journeymen who stick to theory in the face of evidence. This doesn’t mean that the book is an easy read; by its nature it can’t be. But it’s as close as you can get to having such a complex branch of science laid out in an understandable way. I’m not convinced about the metaphysics, but it’s fascinating to see the possibility of a god taken into scientific account and neither accepted nor dismissed. A fascinating work then, but one that I’m sure I’m going to need multiple re-reads to fully understand. ( )
  JonArnold | Jun 4, 2015 |
Hawking did a good job of writing about sophisticated scientific concepts in a way that's easy to understand. I liked his approach of presenting the scientific understanding of the universe in a historical context. This allows the reader to follow the philosophy of science as a progression of ideas; with each idea or discovery building on preceding ones. ( )
  jimocracy | Apr 18, 2015 |
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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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Hawking, Stephenprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jackson, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kober, HainerTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kreitmeyer, JensCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miller, RonIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sagan, CarlIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Varteva, RistoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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