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A Brief History Of Time: From Big Bang To Black Holes

A Brief History Of Time: From Big Bang To Black Holes (Paperback)

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Was there a beginning of time? Could time run backwards? Is the universe infinite or does it have boundaries? These are just some of the questions considered in an internationally acclaimed masterpiece by one of the world's greatest thinkers. It begins by reviewing the great theories of the cosmos from Newton to Einstein, before delving into the secrets which still lie at the heart of space and time, from the Big Bang to black holes, via spiral galaxies and strong theory. To this day "A Brief History of Time" remains a staple of the scientific canon, and its succinct and clear language continues to introduce millions to the universe and its wonders.

Stephen Hawking held the post of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge, the chair held by Isaac Newton in 1663, for thirty years. Professor Hawking is now Director of Research for the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge. He has over a dozen honorary degrees, and was awarded the Companion of Honour in 1989. He is a fellow of the Royal Society and a Member of the US National Academy of Science. His books include the bestselling Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays, The Universe in a Nutshell, and A Briefer History of Time. His most recent book, The Grand Design, was a Sunday Times bestseller. Stephen Hawking is regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein. He lives in Cambridge.

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Interesting and covers a lot of ground in such a short book. However, very poorly written with lots of higgledy-piggledy clumsily thrown together ideas. Early on you can see that his goal is to convey complicated advances in physics to an 11 year old - comments like "an ellipse is an elongated circle" etc. added in parentheses. That doesn't last long - as the concepts get trickier, the explanations get shorter and most new terms are left undefined. If you haven't got a degree in physics then you'll probably need to do a lot of background reading. No doubt one of the world's greatest scientists but recommend he give philosophy and literature a miss.

- 17/01/2015
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