A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

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A Brief History of Time is far more than a science book. It’s one of the renaissance books that is so seminal to the notion of who we are, and where we might be in the next 50 years, that it should be required reading for every person from high school on...It’s light and easy and fun, full of subtle humour and provocative notions.
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A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking’s book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin—and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending—or are there boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space? What will happen when it all ends?

Told in language we all can understand, A Brief History of Time plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and “arrows of time,” of the big bang and a bigger God—where the possibilities are wondrous and unexpected. With exciting images and profound imagination, Stephen Hawking brings us closer to the ultimate secrets at the very heart of creation.
 

About Stephen Hawking

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Stephen Hawking was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge for thirty years, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including, most recently, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His books for the general reader include the classic A Brief History of Time, Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays, The Universe in a Nutshell, and A Briefer History of Time. He lives in Cambridge, England.Leonard Mlodinow received his doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of California at Berkeley, and teaches at Caltech. He is the New York Times bestselling author of The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules our Lives, Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior, War of the Worldviews: Science versus Spirituality (with Deepak Chopra), Feynman's Rainbow: A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life, and Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace. He also wrote for Star Trek: The Next Generation. He lives in South Pasadena, California.
 
Published January 1, 1988 by Bantam Books. 198 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

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on Dec 17 2015

Hawking's discovery that black holes emit particles caused great excitement among astronomers...The merit of this book is Hawking's ability to make these ideas graspable by the lay reader.

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Reviewed by Magdalena Ball on Feb 01 2009

A Brief History of Time is far more than a science book. It’s one of the renaissance books that is so seminal to the notion of who we are, and where we might be in the next 50 years, that it should be required reading for every person from high school on.

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Reviewed by Magdalena Ball on Feb 01 2009

A Brief History of Time is far more than a science book. It’s one of the renaissance books that is so seminal to the notion of who we are, and where we might be in the next 50 years, that it should be required reading for every person from high school on...It’s light and easy and fun, full of subtle humour and provocative notions.

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Reviewed by Maurice A. Williams on Oct 26 2003

If you are curious about stars, black holes, gravity, the forces of nature--anything about the universe, you will find Hawking's book fascinating.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by Nash R. on Jan 10 2015

The reason I love this book more than any other physics “text” is because Dr. Hawking wrote it like a novel. He’s telling a story, the story of the universe, and it’s just plain fun to read. Instead of making the vastness of space scary, Hawking makes it fascinating. He talks about things with a passion and he’ll make you love it, too.

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Brothers Judd

Above average
Reviewed by brothersjudd on Jun 29 2000

Personally, I've always believed that there are elements of truth in both what the Pope and Hawking have to say...But it is vital that this raw power be accompanied by the moral framework that our religious beliefs provide, so that we may be worthy to wield such power.

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Reviewed by Sayantan on Aug 09 2009

A Brief History of Time isn’t a mere book, it’s a science journey to the centre of knowledge...This book is a must read for anyone who has crossed the boundary of general inquisitiveness at sometime in their life to seek for the future journey to the world of knowledge.

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LibrisNotes

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Reviewed by LibrisNotes on Jan 06 2015

My Brief History is just that - a very short autobiography of Stephen Hawking's remarkable life...is a great read for those who are fans of Stephen Hawking and those who would like to know more about this famous physicist whose life was the focus of the bio-pic The Theory of Everything.

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Popular Science

Excellent
on Jan 10 2015

It's one of a very few books in this category that continues to fascinate despite the fact that much of its contents stretch the reader further than is usually expected in a book of this sort...The fact remains that this book deserves its place on every popular science shelf, not as a trophy or an icon, but as a fascinating, enjoyable read.

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