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A Brief History Of Time : From Big Bang to Black Holes - Stephen Hawking

A Brief History Of Time

From Big Bang to Black Holes

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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.

About The Author

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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        This book is for everyone! I am amazed how Stephen Hawking made it so easy for all to understand.

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        Although this book was written in 1988, it still is a very revealing insight into the true nature of reality & tries very hard to combine our understandings of both Quantum Mechanics and Einstein's relativity. However some of Hawking's ideas from back then are now discredited, especially the fact that the universe's expansion rate is actually accelerating (& not going to ever contract because of gravity, which Hawking back then thought ((wrongly)) was actually going to happen eventually). Still it is a great reference book and gives the reader a much clearer understanding of the ongoing revelations/ discoveries etc about the true nature of our deeply fascinating universe. I'm sure that in another 25 years we will again be forced to re-evaluate & further evolve our knowledge of nature as we currently understand it & I think we are on the cusp of some truly revolutionary new breakthroughs/ discoveries.

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          This book is well written and truly magical. It contains everything you needed to know about time , space and the like. The material covered in this book is mind bloggling and describes the universe in a way which makes the reader want to be a physicist. A must read!

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          "Master of the Universe... One scientist's courageous voyage to the frontiers of the Cosmos" Newsweek "This book marries a child's wonder to a genius's intellect. We journey into Hawking's universe, while marvelling at his mind" The Sunday Times "He can explain the complexities of cosmological physics with an engaging combination of clarity and wit... His is a brain of extraordinary power" Observer "To follow such a fine mind as it exposes such great problems is an exciting experience" The Sunday Times "One of the most brilliant scientific minds since Einstein" Daily Express

          ISBN: 9780857501004
          ISBN-10: 0857501003
          Audience: General
          Format: Paperback
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 272
          Published: 1st November 2011
          Country of Publication: GB
          Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.7  x 1.7
          Weight (kg): 0.21
          Edition Number: 1