A Brief History Of Time: From Big Bang To Black Holes
- Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date:
- 18 August 2011
- Cosmology & The Universe
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I'm reading this again. It's probably my 20th time with this, my favourite book. Hawking does an outstanding job of explaining what the worlds' greatest physicists have been doing throughout the 20th century, without forcing you to learn any mathematics at all.At it's core, this book offers a fundamental view of how reality actually works. To get the most from it, you really do need to leave all your preconceptions about reality behind you. Put it another way, as Yoda said, "you must UNLEARN what you have learned".
Anyone who enjoys reading physics or astronomy books ... or anyone who enjoys knowing how things work (like I do!) would enjoy this explanation from Steven Hawking of how we have gotten to where we are... cosmologically.
As a big fan of Carl Sagan's Cosmos series back in the 70s, I love this book. Hawking does an incredible job of explaining physics and cosmology in layman's terms. I remember reading about Quantum Physics and having complete understand of how it all worked. I couldn't explain it now, but while reading it, it all made perfect sense. Amazing read.
Hawking presents a scientific and philosophical view of the universe via the most complicated theories of mathematics and science in layman's terms. That said, the book requires a second reading. There's so much intriguing information in the book's 191 pages that on a first reading, I believe it would be difficult for anyone (without advanced knowledge of astrophysics, quantum mechanics, etc.) to conceptualize all the book contains and postulates. Nonetheless, an incredible book for anyone asking such questions as: how did we get here and where are we going? among others.
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