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In the years since its publication in , Stephen Hawking's A Brief History Of Time has established itself as a landmark volume in scientific writing. A Brief History Of Afghanistan (Brief History). Read more · The Illustrated Brief History of Time · Read more · A Brief History of Bolivia. Read more · A Brief History. Oct 1, In the years since its publication in , Stephen Hawking's A Brief History Of Time has established itself as a landmark volume in scientific.
Some nice updates since the publication of Brief History of Time, which I loved, but not much here for those of us looking for some satisfying extension of his earlier primer on theoretical physics. Now customize the name of a clipboard to store your clips. It's more casually written and Stephen Hawking surprised me by having a subversive sense of humor. I find Hawking's tongue-in-cheek humor to be quite endearing, particularly when discussing politics and religion in relation to physics. Want to Read saving….
You can change your ad preferences anytime. Upcoming SlideShare. Like this document? Why not share! It is entertaining all the way through. Hawking is witty and fun-loving, laying out some of his hijinks, and being self-deprecating to the point of being high and mighty, a very clever trick. It is profound and entertaining.
The only thing keeping it 4 stars instead of 5 is the fact that I feel like I will always be missing something by not being an expert in cosmology. Aug 19, Galicius rated it liked it Shelves: Hawking has two long chapters on black holes. After having struggled through these chapters I was shocked to hear the science news on January 22, from Professor Hawking that "The absence of event horizons means that there are no black holes, in the sense of regimes from which light can't escape.
Choi for National Geographic, January 27, I wonder if I should wait for an updated edition of Brief History before continuing. After a year I decided to continue with the reading. He spreads these bits galore. Hawking concludes with brief outlines about Einstein, Galileo, Newton and he stands with them, as if, which reminds me of Dante. They welcome him and Dante thinks he is one of them. Great poetry is universal and time-proof for at least a couple of millennia.
Hawking is a scientist. Will his theories stand the test of such, as we look these poets? Or is he more than a scientist? Will our understanding how we look at poetry and science change? View all 3 comments. Oct 06, Dru rated it liked it Shelves: I'm torn about this book. On the one hand, it's a needed addition to the world to have an approachable tome on quantum theory and relativity.
The problem, I have to say, lies with Stephen Hawking himself. I have to say that the guy comes off as an egotistical asshole through his writing. Let me break this down into a few points: As a scientist myself, I am used to going through hi I'm torn about this book. As a scientist myself, I am used to going through highly technical papers. He lacks the ability to see when he's gone too deep down the rabbit hole and left his readers behind.
He only once admits to his own mistakes in the book, while has over a dozen places where he sings his own praises. Many times they do nothing whatsoever to add to the clarity of the point being made. To whit: Stephen Hawking, by telling me how great he is and how awful other scientists are, has proven what a jerk he himself is. Oct 02, Brian rated it it was amazing. Got sucked into this one rather like into a black hole.
After having my mind stretched nearly to the point of having all preconceived notions torn apart, I emerge into an "elsewhere", as if into a parallel universe or some other place and time of our own.
In other words, I learned a few things from this book. That said, some entry-level interest in these things, and certainly a great degree of patience with some of the more complicated matter are required to persevere through this book.
What is more, the computer-generated illustrations were remarkable and often, though not always, helpful. This review is for "A Brief History of Time". I'm just getting started in "The Universe in a Nutshell" View 2 comments.
Oct 26, Theresa rated it liked it. A highly readable overview of cosmology that's good for high school physics students or anyone interested in theories about the universe.
I would also include elementary students in that recommendation but Hawking at a couple of different points mentions Penthouse magazine and gambling and hell and I just don't think that's age appropriate for 10 year olds.
The illustrations are largely unneeded as Hawking's writing is pretty descriptive on its own. Also, many of the pictures don't really add an A highly readable overview of cosmology that's good for high school physics students or anyone interested in theories about the universe. Also, many of the pictures don't really add anything to his explanations. For instance, in the section discussing the arrow of time there's a big picture of a cosmic-y looking hourglass that takes up an entire page.
I think it would be better to show examples of the equations used to formulate some of the theories he mentions. Sure most people, myself included, wouldn't know what all the symbols and numbers represented exactly but at least they could get used to looking at these ideas in a more precise and meaningful format.
May 05, Michael Fishman rated it really liked it. Stephen Hawking is one of the greatest scientists of our generation. And this book shows not only his breadth of knowledge, but also his uncanny ability to explain even the most esoteric of concepts in simple, sometimes humorous language.
Though the book is slightly outdated, it is a good primer for "what scientists believe about the universe today. There were many chapters that left me scratching my head. I had to read other books to f Stephen Hawking is one of the greatest scientists of our generation.
I had to read other books to fill in those gaps--i. Most importantly for me is how a man who's lived with ALS for most of his life has accomplished so much. I seriously admire Stephen Hawking. Jun 26, Thomas rated it it was amazing. I've only read the first of the two books in this volumne but BHofT literally blew my mind.
I'm glad I bought the illustrated version because the graphs and diagrams helped me to understand a lot of the concepts that would otherwise have been incomprehensible. I admit there were times when the technical aspects of the book found me nodding off and there were more than a few pages that I had to read at least 3 times before I understood what the hell it was talking about How many books can you say that about? Jul 14, Neel Jaya rated it really liked it. Stephen Hawking is a great genius.
The man who is always thinking and spending his time to know the aspect's of Time , Light , speed , e. This is a great book which explained and questioned a lot. For many of the questions we don't have precise answer related to Universe ,Galaxy, Star , Bigbang theory. I have questioned a lot to myself like Anything can travel faster than light, if it happens how would be the time relativity for that object.
Feb 05, Jayme rated it really liked it Shelves: I found it more accessible and enjoyable to read. But I learned a lot of stuff reading both of these and I'm really glad I chugged my way through them. The illustrations in this edition really made it easier to follow along to. I think if I'd read this in a purely text book, I would have gotten lost. The pictures give a nice break to those of us reading a little out of our depth.
Nov 22, Mason B rated it it was amazing. This was a amazing book to read if you are interested in science beyond a basic level. I found my self captivated for hours reading this book. Even so it still it took me a couple of times to read to fully understand everything that goes on. Jun 22, Lisa Mayo rated it it was amazing.
I can't help but think how really small we are in the universe.
Was overwhelmed by him. Popularization of the current research in physics. Black holes, M-Theory, etc Jun 16, Allison Dellion rated it it was amazing.
Jun 25, Pablo rated it really liked it. I think this is a great read especially the illustrated version. Reading this was more benefecial than any physics class ive taken. Mar 31, Michelle michelledevoursbooks rated it really liked it. This edition contains both of Stephen Hawking's most popular titles: I think, all together, this was a solid 4-star read, but I feel I need to review the two books separately: Seamlessly melding scientific history with technical explanations, Hawking serves what we know of our universe and how it was formed in bite size mo This edition contains both of Stephen Hawking's most popular titles: Seamlessly melding scientific history with technical explanations, Hawking serves what we know of our universe and how it was formed in bite size morsels: I was familiar with many of the concepts and theories presented in this book, but it's always nice to review and learn things from a different perspective.
I particularly enjoyed the discussion of melding general relativity and quantum mechanics in relation to the early universe.
Concepts like "virtual particles" and "imaginary time" were somewhat lost on me though Additionally, I found most of the illustrations in my edition to be unnecessary fluff that did not provide scientific insight. The concepts that seemed to be glanced over in the first book were delved into with more detail and consideration, giving a greater depth to the current state of theoretical physics research and our understanding of the universe. I find Hawking's tongue-in-cheek humor to be quite endearing, particularly when discussing politics and religion in relation to physics.
His views are relatively clear, but it is not the main concern. He did not become overly preachy like some other authors I've read pertaining to this subject. You'll come away from the experience with a completely different perspective! Jul 26, Maribel Mamani rated it really liked it. Welcome to our universe. We only get one regardless of however many there are. The search for a more complete understanding of our universe, out into the macroscopic and deep into the quantum foam, is a search for an understanding of who we are, why we're here.
This is a book of sublime thought that takes the ivory tower and turns it into an ivory ladder that anyone, given inclination and opportunity, can choose to ascend, one rung at a time. I cannot emphasize Welcome to our universe. I cannot emphasize enough how important this book is to physics: Unlike Newton's groundbreaking scientific treatise, A Brief History of Time doesn't contain Hawking's own body of scientific work, but rather an overview of the development of theoretical physics, including relativity and quantum mechanics.
Yet it's as important as the Principia , for in a single book we have a comprehensive look at a field of study often considered by the general populace to be obscure and esoteric. In a few hundred pages, Hawking demonstrates why we should be interested in the universe. He explains how relativity overturned the classical theory of Newtonian gravity, how quantum mechanics has exposed the flaws in relativity, and how physicists continue to search for a theory of quantum gravity to unify relativity and quantum mechanics in a Theory of Everything.
Relativity and quantum mechanics are the foundations of physics, chemistry, and biology as we know them today.
While A Brief History of Time cannot, obviously, serve as a detailed explanatory text of every phenomenon, it acquaints the reader with the two fields that underly all phenomena, from optics to cell division. Reading this book gives you understanding that will help you with future intellectual inquiries. Even if you're not interested in science, however, and have no intention of going further than this book, there's still something in here if you've ever wondered how the universe works.
Hawking does not deliver a dry lecture consisting of complicated formulae and logically-implacable mathematical theorems. There are new terms, and some of the concepts might seem counterintuitive, but Hawking always has an analogy or concrete example at the ready. I won't claim that you'll understand everything he discusses—I know I didn't.
And, as Hawking points out, even the most brilliant scientists still don't have a complete understanding. At the very least, you'll have a much better appreciation of what we don't understand, and why current scientific theories about the universe work but still have certain problems. I am immensely grateful to my grandparents, who gave me this book as a Christmas gift, for its illustrations make it superior to previous editions. Utility aside, let's be shallow for a moment: This is a true coffee-table book and probably, for many people, that is all it will ever be, sadly.
It's well worth reading, but it's also perfect for keeping in the living room—you can always open it up to an interesting illustration and show off your physics knowledge! Hardcover —. Buy the Hardcover: Add to Cart. Also by Stephen Hawking. See all books by Stephen Hawking. About Stephen Hawking Stephen Hawking was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge for thirty years and the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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