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:
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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