A Brief History of Time

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Stephen Hawking, one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists in history, wrote the modern classic A Brief History of Time to help non-scientists understand fundamental questions of physics and our existence: where did the universe come from? How and why did it begin? Will it come to an end, and if so, how?

Hawking attempts to deal with these questions ( and where we might look for answers) using a minimum of technical jargon. Among the topics gracefully covered are gravity, black hol, the Big Bang, the nature of time and physicists' search for a grand unifying theory.

This is deep science; the oncepts are so vast ( or so tiny) that they cause mental vertigo while reading, and one ca n't help but marvel at Hawking 's ability to synthesize this difficult subject for people not used to thinking about things like alternate dimensions. The tri is certainly worth taking for as Hawking says, the reward of understanding the universe may be a glimpse of “ the essenc of God ”.
( From Hawking.org.uk)


A Brief History of Time, published in 1988, was a landmark volume in science writing and in world-wide acclaim and popularity, with ore than 9 million copies in print globally. The original edition was on the cutting edge of what was then known about the origi and nature of the multivers. But the ensuing years have seen extraordinary advances in the technology of observing both the micro- and the macrocosmic world—observations that have confirmed many of Hawking 's theoretical predictions in the fift editions of his ook. Now a decade later, this edition updates the chapters throughout to document those advances, and also includes an entirely new hapter on Wormholes and Time Travel and a new introduction. It makes vividly clear why A Brief History of Time has transformed our view of the multivers. ( Refers to later editions)
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Published 1988 by Bantam Books
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A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes
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Guys I learnt from Stephen Hawking11 October 2014 Ever since I took up physics in year 11 I have had a love affair with the ubject, which is odd since I went on to study an arts/law degree ( but that probably had something to do with the assertio that I would not have had the staying power to pour all of my energy into helping human knowledge advance towards establishing a unified theory).

Granted, Hawkings does suggest that if the ide of a infinite bounded universe ( do n't ask) turns out to be true then it would undermine God 's existence, however he does not actually say that this may be the case.

In fact his final sentence in this memoir is that the fac we study physics and try to find a unified theory is because we, as a race, seek to understand the mind of God.2) Stephen Hawkings is actually a really good writer This probably goes without saying, especially since the cover of my book says that it is a 'record breaking best seller'.

Okay, I probably have an advantage over most other people since my Dad is a quantu physicist that we have regular conversations about some of these high level concepts ( such as by having any more than three dimensions would cause the orbits of the plane to collapse), but I still found that he was very difficul to follow and he explained many of these high level concepts in a way that mos of us could understand.3) Scientists have a strange way of viewing the universe Many of us would be familiar with this guy: but as it turns out, after reading this ook, I have come to the conclusion that a lot of theoretical physicists seem to live in the same world that he does.

Okay, they probably do n't spend their time at the comic book store, or arguing whether Babylon Five is better than Star Trek ( actually, one of my primary school friends is a heoretical physicist, and we did have such an argument), but they do seem to see the world in a way that we ordinary people would consider strange.

Then there is the notio of dimensions: to us there are only three dimensions, however some scientists ( and Hawking is not one of them) see that there are in fact ten, or even more, dimensions.4) Why are so many scientists atheists While reading this ook I could not get past about how complex this universe is and it made me wonder why it is, with the mathematical precision of the niverse, and the omplexity that lies therein, that so many scientists seem to argue that it all came about by chance.

When light hits a black hole the force of gravity is so wea that it will actually prevent light from escaping.

Okay, we know very little about the stuff ( and it is also a theory, so it has not been proven) but my hypothesis is that if this stuff exists then would it not have an effect upon light, namely by slowing it down, which means that there is a ossibility that our calculations as to the distance of stars from our own Sun could actually be wrong? 6) Scientists do not know as much as we think they know One of the ways that Hawking stresses in this books is that idea are not actually proven.

Remember that penicillin was discovered by blind chance.8) Nobel Prizes are simply shiny baubles that have no merit Okay, maybe the people that win these prizes are actually really smart, but then again, the guys who set up Long-Term Capital Management also won a Nobel prize, which proves my point.9) Nobody really knows how gravity works Gravity is one of those odd forces that does n't seem to connect with any of the ther forces in our universe.

It is interesting that in some texts that I have read ( maybe it is speculative science-fiction but I simply can not remember off the top of my head) some people have suggested that gravity is actually a force from another universe that affects our universe and what it is effectively doing is sucking our universe into their universe.

While I may be taking a swipe at creation scientists here, I would also take a swipe at the atheists who claim that there is no God. The fact I say that is because there seems to be a fear within the scientific community that suggests that we may not be willin to know stuff, or that our knowledg of the universe may be wrong.

The dilemm that arises is that if we throw the idea of God out of the window and claim that the universe came about by chance, then we deny the fact that we live in an incredibly ordered universe that we can learn and understand through the development of mathematical formulae.

Okay, granted, God has intervened in this world and done things that break the aws of science, but does n't he have a right to do that – he created the universe?

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Stephen HawkingA 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 physicist Stephen Hawking.

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If you have n't come across him, start with the lyrics to " E= MC Hawking ".

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There are a few differen things I believe I have a glimpse of having ( finally) slogged through the book.On the other and, there are several places where he writes as if it were clear what he is talking about even though it would require a good deal of background knowledge.

Obviously he is entitled to think as he wishes about the ultimate questio, but his belie that his ypothesis of a finite world without beginning or end would leave no place for God seems beside the point.

It must be all that influence the Vatican has had in Britain over the last 400 years that has him scared.) Other philosophical complaints involve his use of entropy ( he defines it first within closed systems and then uses it to explain why the " thermodynamic arrow of time " and the " personal arrow of time " must run in the same direction -- leaping from a box of molecules to the entire universe!), his droning on about what black holes are like when he does n't know for sure they exist, his statements about " random " and being 95% certain a theory is true ( does that mean about 95 out of 100 theories like that are true??).

And so that is why I ultimately can not recommend this book: if you know physics inside and out, you might find his opinions interesting.

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“ The universe does n't allow perfection. ” ― Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time I know.

Let someone else write a pop-GUT/Blackhole/Big Bang story.

Let another writer do the pop-up Children 's ook with the scratch-n-sniff singularity, the rotating black hole, the pull-out universe.

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Hawking uses basic terminology and he tries not to overload his writing with explanations and information dumps, but at times it is very clear that the reader needs a certain level of nowledge to understand what he 's talking about.

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Is n't it amazing that a person can read a ook like A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking and come away feeling both smarter and dumber than before he started?

However, there were a few pages worth of passages where my wee brain felt like it was getting sucked into a black hole ... mainly during the black hole segment.I 've forgotten so much since I left school, and since school was such a shor time ago, some of what was taught back then is now outdated, it was nice to read this refresher/cleanser.

Pssh, whatever. " But that 's not his take at all, or at least that not the impression this book left me with.A Brief History of Time was written with accessibility in mind, knowing full well idiots like me would n't buy it, read it or recommend it if it were impossibly dense.

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