Tuesday, March 1, 1988

Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time published

First posted 7/3/2020.

A Brief History of Time

Stephen Hawking

First Publication: March 1, 1988

Category: non-fiction/science

Sales: 25 million

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About the Book:

A Brief History of Time is written by Stephen Hawking the English physicist who suffered from the paralysis-inducing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was diagnosed with it in 1963 at age 21 and given a life expectancy of two years. He died in 2018 at the age of 76.

Despite his disability, he became perhaps the world’s premiere scientist in his lifetime. His best-selling A Brief History of Time focuses on cosmology, which is “the study of the origin and evolution of the universe.” WK It is “a landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time.” AZ

“With exciting images and profound imagination, Stephen Hawking brings us closer to the ultimate secrets at the very heart of creation.” AZ In non-technical terms, he “talks about basic concepts like space and time, basic building blocks that make up the Universe…and the fundamental forces that govern it.” WK He also “discusses two major theories, general relativity and quantum mechanics, that modern scientists use to describe the Universe.” WK

The book “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?” AZ

“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.” AZ

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