A Brief History of Time
And Other Essays
By Stephen Hawking
Bantam, Hardcover, 9780553109535, 224pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 1998
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Published more than two decades ago to great critical acclaim and commercial success, "A Brief History of Time" has become a landmark volume in science writing. Stephen Hawking, one of the great minds of our time, explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending or are there boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space? What will happen when it all ends?
Told in language we all can understand, "A Brief History of Time" plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and arrows of time, of the big bang and a bigger God where the possibilities are wondrous and unexpected. With exciting images and profound imagination, Stephen Hawking brings us closer to the ultimate secrets at the very heart of creation.
“[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 provocative . . . Mr. 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 ever more brilliantly 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 lucid . . . [A book of] sunny brilliance.”—The New Yorker