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A Brief History Of Time  (English, Paperback, Hawking Stephen)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
    • Genre: Science
    • ISBN: 9780553176988, 0553176986
    • Edition: 1989
    • Pages: 272
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    Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time takes its readers on a historical odyssey, presenting the various theories developed by different cultures over many millennia to explain the origin of the Universe.

    Hawking goes on to explain the actual physics of the Universe. The first half of the book explains complex concepts like quantum physics, the fabric of space-time, particle physics, gravity and Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.

    In the book, Hawking explains how Einstein changed the way we view the universe by introducing time as the fourth dimension to the traditional three dimensional setting of the universe. Next, the subject of Quantum Mechanics, which deals with matter at the atomic and subatomic levels, is explored.

    In the second half of the book, Stephen Hawking deals with the subjects that are connected to his own research areas like Black Holes and Hawking Radiation.

    The books starts off by presenting an interesting story about an elderly woman who challenges the views presented by an astrophysicist and claims that the earth is flat and is supported on the back of a tortoise. This sets a reader friendly tone that’s followed throughout the course of the book!

    After he was warned by an editor that for each equation in his book, his readership would decrease by almost 50 percent, Hawking relented and kept the equations to a minimum of one – just E=mc2

    A Brief History Of Time From The Big Bang To Black Holes has become a bestseller in its category. The first edition was brought out in 1988 by Bantam Dell Publishing Group. Since then, the book has sold over 10 million copies. It stayed on the bestseller list of The Sunday Times for over four years.

    About the Author
    A recipient of the highest civilian award in the United States, Hawking is a renowned cosmologist and theoretical physicist. He is popular in the academic world and has a high regard in his field of practice.

    Stephen Hawking has written and co-authored other books. Some of them are:

    • The Grand Design
    • A Briefer History of Time
    • The Universe in a Nutshell

    Hawking is a physicist with a precise and mathematical view of the world. But, in A Brief History Of Time From The Big Bang To Black Holes, he manages to explain complex concepts in a way that even a person with no scientific background can understand them. After the success of his first book, he went on to write and co-author many others.

    Hawking was born in Oxford on January 8, 1942. In his early twenties, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a motor neurone disease. He gradually became completely paralyzed and even lost his ability to speak.

    Despite his disability, Hawking went on to become a brilliant research scientist. He uses a speech synthesizer to communicate with others and to give lectures.

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    • Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)
    Publication Year
    • 1989
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    • In 1963, Stephen Hawking contracted motor neurone disease and was given two years to live. Yet he went on to Cambridge to become a brilliant researcher and Professorial Fellow at Gonville and Caius College. Since 1979 he has held the post of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge, the chair held by Isaac Newton in 1663. Professor Hawking has over a dozen honorary degrees, was awarded the CBE in 1982. He is a fellow of the Royal Society and a Member of the US National Academy of Science.
    Dimensions
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    • 17 mm
    Height
    • 178 mm
    Length
    • 110 mm
    Weight
    • 147 gr
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    5

    Universe in the palm of your hand

    William Blake, in his "Auguries of Innocence" wrote

    To see a world in a grain of sand,
    And a heaven in a wild flower,
    Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
    And eternity in an hour.

    This maybe considered as nothing more than a very good imagery built by words. But this book helps you to hold 'infinity in the palm of your hand' and 'eternity in an hour'.

    It is suggested that you have a 'basic understanding' of Science (Particularly, Physics) if you intend to take this book seriously (You w...
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    The Simplest Science book

    First of all I thank Stephen Hawkings for writing this wonderful book. I have never seen a science book as simple as this. Its truely great. He has explained nearly everything except the theory of everything which he has left to us, the younger generations to uncover it. This book really tempts me to take a career of science. I cant express how easy it is. From Ptolemy to Himself, he has explained the evolution of science step by step.
    The book is such a fine piece that everyone should buy.
    T...
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    "A Brief History of Time" in brief

    dr.stephen hawkins a wonderful astrophysicist and professor in cosmology department of cambridge university wrote it along with carl sagan writer of books like "cosmos by carl sagan"this is a wonderful worth reading book for all ages....
    coming onto the book----
    from time immemorial people have been wondering about-"what is universe?","what is time??","what is its limit??","how it all started???","who maintains and controls it??" & so on.....
    this particular book answers it all.this is also ...
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    Must buy!

    LOVE IT
    AWESOME BOOK
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    Brilliant

    the best book in world
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    Wonderful

    Book was in a decent condition but the pages are not so good quality. But considering the very low price I think it's a good deal.
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    Does the job

    paperback is of moderate quality but the book is fantastic....
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    Worst experience ever!

    The book is very much damaged. So don't buy this. The cover was completely torn.
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    Utterly Disappointed

    It was damaged
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    Just wow!

    Very interesting book...... love it.....
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    Q:does this book contains picture
    A:it do contain picture but it's very less
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    Q:is this book written in common english laguage
    A:Yes it is written in common english language and it is very easy to understand also.
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    Q:I'm a student of class 10 at present and I'm lover of science. I always use to read such books but I get very less time for reading so should I buy this or do something else? i really want to readit
    A:Do give it a go. I can understand u have board exam coming right up but take out some 30mins (before sleep) from your daily schedule and read this fabulous journey of the world's greatest physicist..
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    Q:does this contain all the physics wording or normal persone can also understand it?
    A:Yes a normal person would definitely understand it but there are some places where you would like to read some part couple of times and actually give a thought for it...
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    Q:Is this book for teenagers or not??
    A:yes...for teenagers
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    Q:Is the book mainly about blackholes??
    A:Not mainly. Black holes are part of book. The book is on scientific breakthroughs in field of astrophysics and nature of the universe.
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    Q:I am a student of class 8 and studying in an ICSE school and i am very much interested in physics and chemistry . Should i read this book and will i be able to understand it?
    A:definitely.. it's written in simple language so that anyone can understand..
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    Q:I am student of Class 7 . I am very interested to learn about the Universe and I am also interested in Science . Should I buy this book ? Am I able to understand its language ?
    A:It will be a bit tough to understand for you since you are just 12yrs and just starting to learn science.. anyways, you could still give it a try since you seem very interested in science.
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    Q:I am a b.sc student with math,, Can I understand it??
    A:sure u can!
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    Q:How many pages are there in this book? I am also a science lover , I am asking this question due to shortage of time as I am an school student.
    A:There are 211 pages.
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