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.
©2016 Stephen Hawking (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks
Like most people, I had heard of this book - it is quite famous after all. But despite a layman's interest in the subject I somehow always assumed it would be way over my head. Seeing the good reviews on Audible I decided to pick it up - great decision! It is easily accessible and in fact, since Hawking has been such a prominent figure in physics in the last decades, much of what he talks about I was already familiar with from other popular science books on the subject. He makes the subject feel easy to understand (which I'm sure is a delusion on my part) and very interesting.
I particularly want to mention the performance by John Sackville, who has such a wonderfully calm and rich voice. He makes this a real pleasure to listen to.
Hawking is adept at visualising the most complex scenarios.
a brief history of time is a great insight into to the minds of our planets greatest thinkers.
This book has a famous reputation as being the most popular unread book on the market.As a result I thought long and hard about buying it thinking I wouldn't be able to understand it.However,apart from the penultimate chapter on string theory I followed it (relatively) easily.It is also very well narrated by John Sackville.
I loved this book and it had me thinking.
If we can't go faster than the speed of light why does darkness get there first.
Is there any energy in darkness? Is it expanding matter, ether, ....
This might sound a silly question, but you don't ask you don't know.
Brilliant book, Stephen Hawkins is a genius... Where getting to one small read for man one infinite exploration to meaning of life.
I really enjoyed this book, but sometimes the narration lacked flow. I understand that the concepts are not the easiest, but could have flowed a little better. However I would still highly recommend.
Not great for non-academic listeners. It seems badly structured but that is probably down to my misaligned expectations.
"Good depth on black holes and universe"
Better narator and recording than other versions of this book.
Learned new stuff about black holes and time travelling.
A lot of times I found myself rewinding back so I can understnd the concepts, so its not an esy book if you want to understand it, even naively explained.
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