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Factual and delightful!I can't get enough of Stephen Hawking's books. Recommended reading. Full 5 stars!
Hawking searched for a single substance that underlies all of reality. This might be found at the beginning of the Big Bang (or pre-Big Bang moment?), a point at which gravity pulled all matter-energy into a singularity. Here, the density is so great that the matter particles (electrons, quarks, neutrinos) and three of the four (2) force particles (gluons, photons, W-Z bosons) lacked differentiation and were in some philosophical sense something that was "One," something that preceded "the Many"...
This was definitely a quick read considering how lazy I am with books. It was quite engaging from the start to finish. The author writes about his conversations with Stephen and the questions that he has almost resonate with what you would have asked if you had met him in person. Towards the end, the author goes into detail about the Bubble or Bang theory where personally I felt a bit lost. And finally "Is the End in Sight for Theoretical Physics?" by Mr. Hawking in the Appendix is a must read!
Every time a police car or fire truck drives by, I explain to the person I'm with that we are currently experiencing the Doppler effect...and then I get into how scientists are able to figure out that starts and galaxies are moving away from us based on the same principle. The response I get: "You read too much."I take it as a compliment, of course.In Stephen Hawking's Universe, David Filkin does an excellent job of explaining to the average person (meaning someone who doesn't study astronomy or...
Covers the basics of theoretical physics, such as the Big Bang , Big Crunch, black holes, bubble theory, and early history of the universe. Interesting stuff. Most of the book is written in layman language with the exception of the last chapter, which was a speech that Hawking gave at Cambridge.
Loved this book! I checked it out from our local public library, which doesn't always have the most modern options. But even a nearly 30-year-old biography of Hawking was fascinating. It definitely makes me want to read more by and about him.
A good overview of Hawking's early work, but a lot's happened in cosmological physics since the book was published. It'd be a good warm-up for A Brief History of Time.
An essential read. No answers to the God question, but The Anthropic Principle and the Big Bang arguments are quite compelling!
This is a great, if a bit dated, explanation of theoretical physics.
A decent quick introduction to many of the concepts developed/studied by Hawking through the early '80s. Hawking's own books provide much more depth.
I enjoyed it as a very brief overview of some of Stephen Hawking's early work and how his work relates to some important physical theories. The book is quite a bit outdated now although it was seemingly honest, considering various objections to theory. I also found the book quite repetitive which is amazing considering the book is only 126 pages. The quotes taken from discussions with Stephen were the thrill of the book for me. Not a bad read if you're after a very quick look at Stephen Hawking'...
It's a little outdated being nearly 30 years old but I'm interested in Hawking and the book was rather short. This was one of those books that I really had to concentrate on what I was reading. I found myself more than a few times reading over a section two or three times to better comprehend (or at least attempt to) what was being discussed. In some portions of the book, it was completely over my head. It was an okay introduction to Hawking.
This is a well-written book by someone who had face to face interaction with Hawking and was able to discuss his research and theories with intelligence. Much of the book was over my head, but I did enjoy and, I hope, understand at a layman's level the chapters on relativity , black holes, the Big Bang, and Hawking radiation.
This has been a good read. The author has put a lot of time and effort. Being a writer myself, I find it commendable. The content is decent and keeps you hooked for a long time. And some parts are simply minds blowing. I look forward to reading more books like this. All in all, a good experience for an avid reader like me.
Boslough presents wonderful and complex ideas in a fun and easily readable manner. Coupled with Stephen Hawking's wit and humour, this book is a great read for anyone interested in the big questions of the cosmos.
Great read. A little bit on Hawking, the man himself, and a lot bit on the theoretical research that defined his life.
Really well written and brings vast science concepts down to a level that I think I maybe understood. Space time continuum is not my strong suit. But a quick easy read.
i like this book
Great intro to black holes and more:)
This passage is all about the great scientist Stephen Hawking's life.
A succinct of the scientific expertise of few of the brightest scientific minds of the human civilization, giving us the opportunity for a passionate glimpse into the greatest cosmological mysteries orbiting around the ever increasing conundrums emerging out of the vastness of the universe – How it was created? What triggered the initiation? What followed? And how it shall end?All scientific approaches ceases functioning as science delves deeper into the cosmic. This scientific paralysis leads t...
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Of the Science writers who I love reading, Richard Feynman, James Gleick, Mary Roach, Simon Singh, there is a common characteristic. There is glee in their voice that comes from a childlike excitement for knowledge, a naive curiosity that is bolstered by the personalities of the scientists/ authors. Science is just a vehicle for them to go on an intellectual odyssey, a tool that helps them find prospective paths to answers of our most fundamental questions.John Boslough reveres Hawking. He seems...
This book was an interesting discussion of theoretical physics, focusing on Einstein and Hawking's own contributions to the discipline. So much of theoretical physics, however, is speculative. The science is perfectly valid, but whether it is true or not is another question. To answer this question one must refer to philosophy, history and the question of metaphysics. How old is the universe? Just because we can mathematically predict what conditions would be like if the universe were billions o...
This review is based on a re-reading of this 1985 book.Mr. Boslough has done a good job of putting together a short (150 pages), readable, and fast-paced overview of Hawking the person and the physics concepts associated with him.Because of the compact format, many, if not most, of the concepts are described too briefly for my taste although they remain interesting and flow logically enough.Recent observations and advances in cosmology have necessarily given this book an outdated feel. However,
I've always be fascinated with Stephen Hawking, for everything that he has overcome and for all that he has achieved, which would be remarkable in and of itself. While is book, a brief history of the universe looks interesting, it's size I feel is a bit daunting. So I thought this would be a good intro book, and it was very well written by John Boslough. In such a short book he shows not only many of Stephen's early work, but showed a bit of the man behind the theories, including little stories
This book focuses mostly Hawking's science (as opposed to his personal life, etc.). Although this is written decades before the TV series "Big Bang Theory", it makes Sheldon seem all the more real. Boslough asks some real questions about science and God that Hawking does not shy from answering. Hawking talking about the physicists discussing the universe's past brought to mind theological dispensationalists discussing the cosmic future. They both use their imaginations to make their unfounded th...
I started this book like 5 years ago and only picked it up again today to finish the last three chapters. I don't have much to say about it other than it certainly gave my young mind a lot to think about when I first began it. The wannabe astronomer in me recognizes the wannabe astrophysicist I used to, well, wanna be. Both were invigorated as I read.
Watered down and redundant rehash of the stuff covered much more entertainingly and more thoroughly by Hawkings himself in "A Brief History of Time" - don't waste your time with this one - read Hawkings' book...
I am giving it four stars because the information is a bit dated. However, this is an excellent reference into the scientist Stephen Hawking and his achievements in his study of Black Holes. I highly recommend this for background info.