A Brief History of Time

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Bantam Press, 1998 - Cosmology - 241 pages
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Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time has become an international publishing phenomenon. Translated into thirty languages, it has sold over nine million copies worldwide and lives on as a science book that continues to captivate and inspire new readers each year. When it was first published in 1988 the ideas discussed in it were at the cutting edge of what was then known about the universe. In the intervening ten years there have been extraordinary advances in the technology of observing both the micro- and macro-cosmic world. Indeed, during that time cosmology and the theoretical sciences have entered a new golden age. Professor Hawking is one of the major scientists and thinkers to have contributed to this renaissance. In this special, fully updated edition, which marks the tenth anniversary of the book's original ground-breaking publication, Professor Hawking has included the most recent developments in the field, many of which were forecast by him. He has also written a new introduction as well as an additional chapter on wormholes and time travel. A Brief History of Time has rightly been hailed as the publishing sensation of the past decade and is surely destined to become one of the greatest classics of science writing.

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Easy to read and understand a complicated subject. - Goodreads
When I get confused by the intro, this is a bad sign. - Goodreads
Hawking is such an inspiring writer. - Goodreads
This gave me zero insight into physics. - Goodreads
Educational and at times mind bending. - Goodreads
fun overview of my physics "career" in college. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Tommy Cummings - Goodreads

Wow, what a great book. My only complaint is that sometimes Hawking assumed the reader to be more familiar with an idea or theory than they probably are. Otherwise I would have given it 5 stars. Great Read. Read full review

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User Review  - John Reas - Goodreads

I enjoyed Hawking's book as he outlined man's view on time and the universe from the time of the ancients to the present. In clear, laymen terms, he covered a large amount of material, from quarks and ... Read full review

About the author (1998)

Stephen William Hawking was born on January 8, 1942 in Oxford, England. As a student at Oxford University, Hawking studied Physics, and after three years was awarded a first class honors degree in Natural Science. After gaining a Ph.D. from Cambridge, Hawking became a Research Fellow, and later on a Professional Fellow at Gonville and Caius College. Widely regarded as one of the greatest theoretical physicists since Einstein, Hawking has held the post as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge since 1979. Most famous for his research on black holes, he has written the books A Brief History of Time and Black Holes and Baby Universes, a collection of essays published in 1993. He also authored the books On the Shoulders of Giants, A Briefer History of Time, The Universe in a Nutshell, and The Grand Design. Hawking is also the author of numerous articles for scientific papers, has 12 honorary degrees and is a Fellow of The Royal Society and a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Hawking was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in his early 20s and is now confined to a wheelchair. He uses a computer device to help him speak. Hawking holds a professorship at the University of Oxford.

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