A Brief History Of Time: A Review



"Even as he sits helpless in his
wheelchair, his mind seems to soar ever
more brilliantly across the vastness of
space and time to unlock the secrets of
the universe."
- Time
"Brilliant book!"
- Nick Donaldson, Bit Wrangler.

This book was the first of Hawking's that I read, and still my favourite. If you haven't read it yet, I heartily recommend it. Below is the flap cover text from the hardback:

Stephen W. Hawking has achieved international prominence as one of the great minds of the twentieth century. Now, for the first time, he has written a popular work exploring the outer limits of our knowledge of astrophysics and the nature of time and the universe. The result is a truly ...

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was born. Now, in the incisive style which is his trademark, Professor Hawking shows us how mankind's "world picture" has evolved from the time of Aristotle through the 1915 breakthrough of Albert Einstein, to the exciting ideas of today's prominent young physicists.

Was there a beginning of time? Will there be an end? Is the universe infinite? or does it have boundaries? With these fundamental questions in mind, Hawking reviews the great theories of the cosmos -- and all the puzzles, paradoxes and contradictions still unresolved. With great care he explains Galileo's and Newton's discoveries. Next he takes us step-by-step throught Einstein's general theory of relativity (which concerns the extraordinarily vast) and then moves on to the other great theory of our century, quantum mechanics (which concerns the extraordinarily tiny). And last, he expores the worldwide effort to combin the two into a single quantum theory of gravity, the unified theory, which should resolve all the ...

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