A Brief History of Time

A Brief History of Time

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 te In the ten years since its publication in 1988, Stephen Hawking's classic work has become a landmark volume in scien...

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Title:A Brief History of Time
Author:Stephen Hawking
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Genres:Science
ISBN:A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:212 pages pages

A Brief History of Time Reviews

  • Trevor
    Dec 08, 2007
    The main idea to take away from this book is that time has a clear direction. Entropy is the idea that the universe moves from highly ordered states to less ordered states. If you take the lid off a bottle of perfume, and leave it off for a few days the perfume will go from being highl...
  • Nicky
    Jul 23, 2013
    Stephen Hawking's book is easy to read, but harder to comprehend. In every chapter came a point where my brain couldn't hold another permutation of a theory, and as the book progressed, I ended up taking the same approach as I do when reading a Norse saga for the first time. ...
  • Daniel
    Sep 22, 2007
    It is not clear to me who is in the target audience for this book. At times it tries to explain basic concepts of modern physics in simple language, and at other times it assumes a familiarity with the same subject. For the first time I think I "understand" why absolute time ...
  • Matthew
    Aug 30, 2007
    Hawking is a brilliant physicist and a true expert in explaining highly complex aspects of our physical universe in terms that can be understood by most lay people. Where Hawking fails, in my opinion, is his hubris. He proceeds in to the realm of metaphysics and religion in several ...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    May 22, 2011
    A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes, Stephen Hawking What is it that our eyes do that could possibly affect things? A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes is a popular-science book on cosmology (the study of the universe) by British physi...
  • モーリー
    Jun 26, 2008
    It was while reading this that I finally had an "aha" moment about why it is that observation can change what you're trying to observe. I was always kind of skeptical of this, because I was wondering "what is it that our eyes do that could possibly affect things?&qu...
  • Bill
    Sep 09, 2008
    This book puts me in mind of the story about how a Harvard number theorist, through some malfunction of the scheduling computer, got assigned to teach an introductory course in pre-calculus. Being one of those individuals to whom math came so easily that they couldn't grasp how di...
  • Manny
    Nov 22, 2008
    Apparently this book tops the world list of "bought but not read", which may explain why it's so universally acclaimed as a work of genius. If you know anything much about relativity or cosmology, it comes across as a potboiler, admittedly a well-written one with a great...
  • Jason Koivu
    Feb 07, 2017
    Isn't it amazing that a person can read a book like A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking and come away feeling both smarter and dumber than before he started? What a universe we live in! It's quite short and generally a quick read. Not every page is filled with mind-...
  • Kat Kennedy
    Sep 27, 2018
    Stephen Hawking has reaffirmed my understanding that the earth sits on the shell of a tortoise and that it is, indeed, turtles all the way down. Jolly good show though, chap! ...
  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    Dec 12, 2016
    All I can really tell you with certainty is 'A Brief History of Time' is very logically organized, but as each chapter described a series of linked discoveries and what it all meant, unfortunately it mostly was still opaque to me. Topics are introduced logically as Stephe...
  • David Sarkies
    Oct 03, 2014
    Things I learnt from Stephen Hawking 11 October 2014 Ever since I took up physics in year 11 I have had a love affair with the subject, which is odd since I went on to study an arts/law degree (but that probably had something to do with the fact that I would not have had the stayi...
  • Nandakishore Varma
    Nov 13, 2011
    Manny says this book is in the "bought but not read" category for most people. Well, I'm proud to say that I bought and read it, that too in nearly one sitting - back in my geeky days, when I used to get a sexual high just from solving a hard maths puzzle. Unfortunate...
  • Mustafa Ahmad
    Sep 23, 2012
    I've always liked science. But, it has never really been easy to distinguish my favorite subject, as I really like them all, so science is on par with history and math and literature for me. But, after reading this book and the works of Brian Greene, as well as numerous other...
  • Pink
    Nov 10, 2014
    Wow, what a book. So comprehensive, yet written in laymens terms and cranking up the technical information with each chapter, so you don't feel completely lost. By the time you reach quantum mechanics and string theory you almost feel like you know what's happening. Okay, so ...
  • Darwin8u
    Jun 29, 2011
    ?The universe doesn't allow perfection.? ? Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time I know. I know. I both loved and hated this book. I definitely should never have read this book, cut the pages, opened the box, etc.. Somehow Stephen Hawking has written a book that...
  • Sean Barrs
    Apr 29, 2019
    Stephen Hawking writes in a very simple and approachable way. On the surface the book has been written for the common man, for he who has little knowledge of theoretical physics. Hawking uses basic terminology and he tries not to overload his writing with explanations and informati...
  • Manuel Antão
    Oct 19, 2018
    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. On Horse-Flies: "A Brief History of Time" by Stephen Hawking (Original Review, 1987) Will having read Hawking's book help me understand the way a horse-fly "grasps" the ar...
  • Kaelan Ratcliffe ▪ كايِلان راتكِليف
    Apr 14, 2018
    Rest In Peace Mr. Hawking, and Thank You During my time with this text, I made a comment alongside the percentage update I have for books I'm reading on goodreads. I said it was a strange experience to be reading an important and well loved book, only to have the author pas...
  • Miquel Reina
    Sep 26, 2015
    Oh, this is definitely one of my favorite books of science and my favorite one of Stephen Hawking. I love the way Hawking explains concepts so abstract and difficult to understand as time or black holes. It's a science book for the general public; you don't need to know math ...
  • ALet
    Jul 30, 2020
    ??? /5 This was an interesting and informative book, but sadly I just couldn?t grasp everything that it tried to say. ...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Sep 29, 2016
    A classic text where the amazing Stephen Hawking explains string theory and quantum mechanics "for dummies." Highly readable and even comical, it is a superb read. I need to go back and read this one again myself! A classic text where the amazing Stephen Hawking explains s...
  • Simon Clark
    Dec 17, 2018
    This is an absolutely magical book, both objectively and for me specifically. I first read it when I was about 9 or 10, and ever since I've assumed that I didn't understand a thing, and read it as a childish boast. Fast forward nearly twenty years, degree and PhD in physics i...
  • Archit
    Mar 23, 2016
    One of most famous and well written books on Physics. Recommended to the Science enthusiasts. ...
  • Shine Sebastian
    Dec 20, 2016
    Without a doubt a masterpiece! It's just incredible how Hawking explains to us the complex and mindboggling secrets and concepts of physics and our universe, with amazing wit , clarity, and simplicity. The questions that we all used to ask to ourselves and to our parents, about ...
  • Aesaan
    Oct 19, 2020
    Men can only hope to understand the universe, and if we did, then we would understand the mind of God. Likewise, there are lots of theories in this book I can only hope to understand. One question I also wanna ask as did Hawking: ?If time travel is possible, where are the t...
  • John Farebrother
    Jul 16, 2017
    I've read this book twice, and for a brief instant, when reading about event horizons, I got it. But don't ask me to explain it now. The book explains in lay terms what several decades ago was only understood by a handful of people. Surprisingly, it is not devoid of humour, ...
  • Saadia B. ||  CritiConscience
    Mar 12, 2018
    Only Hawkings could write this book - simple, to the point and extremely resourceful. Cosmology is not an easy subject neither can everyone understand its deep connotations. Hawkings made it understandable in the most layman terms possible. Blog | YouTube | Instagram | Facebook | L...
  • Muhammad Abdullah
    Sep 08, 2019
    This is the first book I have ever read about science.This is one of the best selling book of the century.I have found it really infomative and my interest in science seems to build. This book is free from mathematical equations (except E=mc2) which is the best thing about the book. Th...
  • Orhan Pelinkovic
    Apr 06, 2020
    Theoretical Physics from the master himself. It's a great summary, but you need a little background knowledge to understand all the chapters. It's a summary of astrophysics, theoretical physics, and cosmology, and it's hard grasping it all in 200 some pages. I wish it wa...