A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes

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Bantam Press, 1988 - Cosmology - 198 pages
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Provides an introduction to today's scientific ideas about the cosmos and reviews past theories. Also covers black holes, quarks, antimatter, and other mysteries of physics.

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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 (1988)

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. Also the author of numerous articles for scientific papers, Hawking 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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