Stephen Hawking, one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists in history, wrote the modern classic A Brief History of Time to help non scientists understand fundamental questions of physics and our existence where did the universe come from How and why did it begin Will it come to an end, and if so, how Hawking attempts to deal with these questions and where we might look for answers using a minimum of technical jargon Among the topics gracefully covered are gravity, black holes, the Big Bang, the nature of time and physicists search for a grand unifying theory This is deep science the concepts are so vast or so tiny that they cause mental vertigo while reading, and one can t help but marvel at Hawking s ability to synthesize this difficult subject for people not used to thinking about things like alternate dimensions The journey is certainly worth taking for as Hawking says, the reward of understanding the universe may be a glimpse of the mind of God Therese Littleton,Hawking can explain the complexities of cosmological physics with an engaging combination of clarity and wit His is a brain of extraordinary power The New York Review of Books Lively and provocativeMr Hawking clearly possesses a natural teacher s gifts easy, good natured humor and an ability to illustrate highly complex propositions with analogies plucked from daily life The New York Times Even as he sits helpless in his wheelchair, his mind seems to soar everbrilliantly across the vastness of space and time to unlock the secrets of the universe Time This book marries a child s wonder to a genius s intellect We journey into Hawking s universe while marvelling at his mind The Sunday Times London A masterful summary of what physicists now think the world is made of and how it got that way The Wall Street Journal Charming and lucidA book of sunny brilliance The New Yorker

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