A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes

A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black HolesIn The 28 Years Since Its First Publication, A Brief History Of Time Has Become A Landmark Volume In Scientific Writing, With Than 9 Million Copies In 40 Languages Sold Worldwide Hawking S Succinct Style, Coupled With A Desire To Reveal The Elegance Behind Staggering Scientific Concepts, Has Illuminated The Secrets Of The Universe For Countless Inquisitive Readers.With 16 Pages Of Colour And Black And White Plates As Well As A Frontispiece, This Edition Features Remarkable Illustrations Of Space That Bring Hawking S Universe To Life, Among Them Whirlpool Galaxies, The Eerie Spectacle Of Gas And Dust Rising Through The Eagle Nebula, And Sagittarius A , The Supermassive Black Hole That Sits At The Centre Of The Milky Way In His Introduction, Astronomer Royal Martin Rees Outlines Hawking S Extraordinary Achievements, Including How He Has Helped To Usher In An Age In Which Our Understanding Of The Cosmos Is Greater Than It Has Ever Been, And How Millions Have Had Their Cosmic Horizons Widened By This Remarkable Work. _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ 1974 image error This book puts me in mind of the story about how a Harvard number theorist, through some malfunction of the scheduling computer, got assigned to teach an introductory course in pre calculus Being one of those individuals to whom math came so easily that they couldn t grasp how difficult others found it, the professor had no idea what to cover in such a course So, he went to the chair of the department, who told him You ll want to start with the real number line and then progress to inequalities from there, move on to quadratic equations, then trigonometry and the wrapping function, Cartesian and polar coordinate systems, and, if time permits, conic sections The professor thanked the chairperson and went off to meet with his first class Next week, he was back What should I teach them now he said A Brief History of Time is like that Professor Hawking doesn t seem to notice when his treatment progresses from the obvious to the arcane, ending with his concept of imagina
It is not clear to me who is in the target audience for this book At times it tries to explain basic concepts of modern physics in simple language, and at other times it assumes a familiarity with the same subject For the first time I think I understand why absolute time is not consistent with relativity theory or that space time curvature supplants the notion of gravity, and for that I thank the author There are a few other things I believe I have a glimpse of having finally slogged through the book.On the other hand, there are many places where he writes as if it were clear what he is talking about even though it would require a good deal of background knowledge To give but one example, he starts talking about summing up over possible world histories I cannot locate the quotation without explaining what that would mean Trained in statistics, I have some idea that he is talking about mathematical expectation in the context of quantum mechanics, but I don t know how another reader might make any sense of it and I certainly don t have than a vague notion There are irritating writing practices that could have used some editing, e.g., the use of the naked pronominal adjective this when in the middle of a dense explanation of an abstruse concept e.g., This had serious implications for the ultimate fate of massive stars My biggest complaints, howev
Isn t it amazing that a person can read a book like A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking and come away feeling both smarter and dumber than before he started What a universe we live in It s quite short and generally a quick read Not every page is filled with mind blowing numbing theories and brain busting equations Some of it is just history, say on Newton and such However, there were a few pages worth of passages where my wee brain felt like it was getting sucked into a black holemainly during the black hole segment.I ve forgotten so much since I left school, and since school was such a long time ago, some of what was taught back then is now outdated, it was nice to read this refresher cleanser I came away with a better understanding of the Big Bang theory and why it s plausible Not the tv show Its existence is not plausible I m trying to sort out the time space quantifiability thing That s going to require a rereadand probably further study elsewhere.Surprisingly, I also came away with the idea that God and science can coexist I didn t expect that I figured someone like Hawking would be like, God Pssh, whatever But that s not his take at all, or at least that not the impression this book left m
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Things I learnt from Stephen Hawking11 October 2014 Ever since I took up physics in year 11 I have had a love affair with the subject, which is odd since I went on to study an arts law degree but that probably had something to do with the fact that I would not have had the staying power to pour all of my energy into helping human knowledge advance towards establishing a unified theory I still wonder where I ended up getting this book, and it had been sitting on my shelf for quite a while probably because I was too busy listening to people tell me why I shouldn t read this book , but it wasn t until John Lennox said that it was the most unfinished book that is people start reading it but do not have the staying power to get to the end ever written I m sure there are other books that beat this book though There are quite a few things that I have discovered while reading this book, and it is these discoveries that I wish to share with you 1 This is not an anti God book One of the impressions that I got from certain people was that this was a book that an atheist wrote to try to argue that God does not exist, in much the same way that Richard Dawkins does in his books However, that statement cou
.Into the Universe With Stephen Hawking . A Brief History of Time From the Big Bang to Black HolesWhat is it that our eyes do that could possibly affect things Stephen HawkingA Brief History of Time From the Big Bang to Black Holes is a popular science book on cosmology the study of the universe by Brit