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Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays: And Other Essays

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

THIRTEEN EXTRAORDINARY ESSAYS SHED NEW LIGHT ON THE MYSTERIES OF THE UNIVERSE—AND ON ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT THINKERS OF OUR TIME.
 
In his phenomenal bestseller A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking literally transformed the way we think about physics, the universe, reality itself. In these thirteen essays and one remarkable extended interview,
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ebook, 192 pages
Published May 11th 2011 by Bantam (first published 1993)
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mark monday
Nov 11, 2011 mark monday rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guidebooks
this surprisingly relaxed and enjoyable collection of essays by Hawking didn't make me feel one bit stupid. not one bit! and i am a real dolt when it comes to much of science in general and physics in particular. thank you Hawking for not talking down to me and presenting your rich, dense pie of ideas in a way that was perfectly palatable.

there are a couple of pleasant, unpretentious essays on Hawking's personal life and history (noticeably absent in his prior bestseller) and his general thought
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Annie
Jan 22, 2017 Annie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
This is a very different book from A Brief History of Time. Hawking notes he doesn’t want to write an autobiography, and puts off people who try to persuade him by saying he’s “considering it” when he’s just avoiding it. I actually think this reads a bit like an autobiography; half of it is devoted to childhood anecdotes, why he got into physics, how his disease affects him (or doesn’t), how he feels about his celebrity and his image with the public.

I can never decide how much I like Hawking. He
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Христо Блажев
За Живота, Вселената и всичко останало важно разказва Хокинг: http://knigolandia.info/book-review/c...

Ей така трябва да изглежда науката на хартия – солидна твърда примамлива корица, а отвътре струи страст, не само сухи формули. Стивън Хокинг е символ на съвременното ни разбиране за Вселената, без съмнение и заради неговото заболяване, което го е приковало към инвалиден стол, но не е пречупило духа му. 53200Мечтаещ дух, заклещен в немощно тяло. И “Черни дупки и бебета вселени и други есета” е п
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Yazeed AlMogren
Feb 19, 2016 Yazeed AlMogren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الفصول الممتعة في هذا الكتاب هي التي تحدث فيها ستيفن هوكينغ عن نفسه وحياته
Temz
Apr 23, 2017 Temz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
„Черни дупки и бебета вселени и други есета – ново преработено издание” от Стивън Хокинг (изд. „Бард”, 2017; превод: Румяна Бикс, Венцислав Божилов) е красив начин да подарите на някого цялата Вселена.
http://knijno.blogspot.bg/2017/04/blo...
Knigoqdec
Feb 23, 2017 Knigoqdec rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Страхотна книга и, с риск да се повторя, прекрасно издание!
Имаше известна повтаряемост в разглежданите теми, но понеже става дума за въпроси от физиката, това не беше чак толкова лошо. Аз, като човек "от другата страна на бариерата", който е по-скоро любител и не разбира чак толкова нещата, винаги съм харесвала подхода на Стивън Хокинг. Смея да кажа обаче, че "Великият дизайн" е с една идея по-достъпна от тази му книга, поне като начин на разработване на темите. Те са сходни, но в предишната бях
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Mohamed al-Jamri
هذا الكتاب عبارة عن مجموعة مقالات متنوعة كتبها ستيفن هوكنج بين السبعينات والتسعينات

للأسف فإن المقالات الثلاثة الأولى والخامس مكررة حرفيًا لأن الكاتب استخدمها في كتابه عن سيرته الذاتية والذي قرأته قبل يومين فقط أما المقالات الأخرى في الكتاب فغالبيتها أفكار مكررة من كتبه السابقة واحيانًا قليلة تتكرر المعلومات التي في أحد المقالات في مقال آخر وهو أمر اعتذر عنه الكاتب في المقدمة. أمر آخر أزعجني هو تقديم فرضيته حول تكون أكوان جديدة من خلال الثقوب السوداء وكأنه حقيقة علمية ثابتة.. كان حريًا به توضيح ا
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Lupita
Apr 16, 2015 Lupita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not as complex as I thought. Its very descriptive and give to the reader a lot of examples to understand the theories and the concepts.
Kathryn
Apr 18, 2017 Kathryn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is the Shrödinger's cat of physics books: both lacking for a physicist and simultaneously too complicated for the layman. Even though it is a collection of speeches and essays, Hawkings writing is not to my liking. It is too plain and not detailed enough in topics of actual interest. I'm glad this book was short but even so it was a struggle to complete.
Bob Nichols
Oct 17, 2010 Bob Nichols rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You read this collection of essays and get what you can from them. Hawking himself knows (see the last essay, actually interview, at the end of the book) that there is much the reader will not understand. Hawking says that a universe that collapses onto itself is a "singularity of infinite density," but it's not clear what about it is "infinite." He says that time/space has no boundary or edge. We understand that point as a circle and Hawking uses the earth as an example (one can travel around t ...more
Bart Breen
May 24, 2012 Bart Breen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating and Stimulating

Like others who have reviewed this work, I can endorse it as a stimulating and thoughtful book. It is in essence however not a coherent book with a single theme. It is a compilation of articles and as such there is much in the book that is repetitive. Hawking acknowledges this and disclaims it at the outset. Even with the forewarning I found that element to be a tad annoying.

I listened to the audio version of the book while commuting and I found it overall to be a fasc
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Michael
სტივენ ჰოკინგის ესეების და ლექციების (და ინტერვიუ) ნაკრები, სადაც ის მისთვის ჩვეული ადვილად გასაგები ენით მოგიყვებათ კოსმოლოგიის იმ მთავარ საკითხებზე რომლებზეც კარიერის განმავლობაში მუშაობდა და ფიქრობდა.
მეცნიერული თემების გარდა, შეხვდებით ავტობიოგრაფიულ ესეებს, სტივენის ოჯახურ ცხოვრებას, ადრეულ სიყმაწვილის პერიოდს, დაავადების განვითარების და ოჯახის შექმნას. ოქსფორდის და კემბრიჯის პერიოდს, გაიგებთ როგორ დაიწერა სტივენის ბესტსელერი "დროის მოკლე ისტორია" და ა.შ.
ლექციების უმეტესობა 80-იანების მეორე
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Jenny
Nov 29, 2014 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite aspect of this collection of essays is that Hawking reveals himself as well as his science. The book includes two autobiographical essays and an interview in which Hawking tells the reader about his early history and his contraction of motor neuron disease, as well as his transformation from a bored young adult to a well-established and cutting-edge theoretical physicist. I like Hawking and his style as much as I enjoy learning about (and reviewing) key tenets of astrophysics. I also ...more
Praxedes
Apr 27, 2015 Praxedes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book for theoretical astrophysics neophytes such as me! The book is written in the same clear and simple style as 'A Brief History of Time'. Hawking dumbs down his work enough to make it accessible to the masses without compromising on its intrigue or wonder.

I was particularly impressed by his explanation for imaginary time, a concept I have been struggling to understand for some time. More importantly, it is the kind of book that turns people on to science. Well done, Mr. Hawking!
Петър Панчев
Стивън Хокинг и невероятната Вселена
(Цялото ревю е тук: https://knijenpetar.wordpress.com/201...)

Едно от хубавите неща, които са се случили на човечеството, е наличието на любопитство към тайните на Вселената. През вековете това качество е работило доста често в полза на науката и ни е помагало в опознаването на света около нас. Дори стигнахме до подстъпите на последната граница – Теорията на всичко. Все още има прекалено много въпроси, дори такива, които към настоящия момент все още не са задад
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Paweł P
Apr 24, 2017 Paweł P rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Czarne dziury..." to zbiór esejów i przemówień, które Hawking wygłaszał na różnych uniwersytetach na przestrzeni lat. Najczęściej zwracał się do ludzi takich jak ja, którzy nie siedzą w zagadnieniach fizyki teoretycznej i tłumaczył teorie ostatniego stulecia oraz to czym sam się zajmuje. Jedno z przemówień było skierowane do studentów z branży i w tym, przyznaję, zgubiłem się bez problemu.

Książkę Hawkinga czyta się jednak szybko i sprawnie, a przez to, że w kilku esejach zagadnienia się powtar
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Allison Przylepa
Sep 02, 2010 Allison Przylepa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hawking's charmingly down-to-earth perspective is evident throughout his personal essays in the form of witty, irreverent anecdotes that add a twist of humor into what would have otherwise read as a bland, colorless monotone.

Readers come to recognize Hawking not as the caricature of the brilliant, eccentric scientist he's been painted as in popular media, but as a man of modest and ordinary upbringing with a pragmatic world view and incredible resilience in the face of his incurable disease. Som
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Athena
Jun 01, 2014 Athena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My tryst with physics was earnest, tedious and sometimes unpleasant and continues to remain so. I make no claims to have a scientific bent of mind, though I am not a complete trogladyte. Hence when I was gifted this book...a book by one of the great minds of our time...I was rather skeptical. I have not read A Brief History of Time, primarily because I was afraid I would not understand. Reading this one however, gives me a little courage to perhaps pick up the bestseller.

Black Holes and Baby Uni
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Diego
Jun 29, 2015 Diego rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una colección de ensayos muy entretenida, mezcla algunos textos autobiográficos con otros de discusión científica, particularmente relacionados con la relatividad general, la mecánica cuántica y su relación con las investigaciones sobre singularidades, agujeros negros y los origines del universo que han marcado la carrera científica de Stephen Hawking.

Resultan particularmente interesante los ensayos que dedica a discutir dos conceptos el de "la suma de historias" y el de "tiempo imaginario" ide
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May VMora
Apr 07, 2016 May VMora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Con una recapitulación de cátedras a lo largo de los años así como una breve autobiografía, Stephen Hawking nos introduce a un universo de física y agujeros negros, deseoso de brindar al mundo un mejor entendimiento de cómo el universo es como es y también como no es.
Definiciones sencillas de conceptos complejos, introducción a los grandes científicos del siglo pasado, partículas elementales y tiempo imaginario. Una lectura que todo mundo puede disfrutar más allá del personaje confinado a una s
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Hyram Sempere
Los ensayos aquí presentados son independientes el uno del otro mas no por ello pierden el hilo sobre lo que el autor desea dar a entender. Un poco de corte autobiográfico, ensayos de física cuántica y astrofísica, descripciones en plan Beakman sobre origen, futuro y funcionamiento de los agujeros negros, detalles del cosmos y otras cosas de esa índole se reflejan en las páginas de la obra. Aunque sí es de lectura comprensible admito que por momentos es tedioso y raya en lo aburrido, pero no por ...more
Mabomanji
Feb 28, 2016 Mabomanji rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le livre rassemble des textes d'exposés faits par Hawking au fil des années. Son propos devient plus simple et avec beaucoup d'humour il explique avec des comparaisons imagées comment marche l'univers. C'est l'un de mes sujets préférés surtout les trous noirs et j'étais contente d'en lire des explications simples. Je vais lire son livre le plus connu maintenant, j'avais pris celui-ci au hasard à la médiathèque et ce fut un bon compagnon de lecture sur la plage lors des vacances.
Mohamedridha Alaskari محمد رضا العسكري
هذا الكتاب في الغالب عبارة عن سرد قصصي لحياة العالم استيڤن هوكنگ، يتناول بمعضمه قصة حياته والمشكلات التي واجهها خصوصا المرض الذي لازال يعاني منه.


كل الفصول علمية وسلسة الى حد ما، المقابلة التي احرتها بي بي سي تناولت حياته الشخصية وردود افعاله

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Kevin Shockey
Jun 27, 2015 Kevin Shockey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quantum
These lectures changed my life. IMHO, there are some of Hawking's clearest explanations of astrophysics.
Mercy Ventura triminio
Siempre me he sentido maravillada e intrigada por la inmensidad del universo, y creo que es la principal razón por la que me encanto este libro, Stephen Hawking es uno de los físicos teóricos más brillantes de nuestro tiempo, y con una recopilación de discursos y conferencias, muestra de manera muy jocosa, teorías sobre el inicio del universo (Big Ban) y sobre su colapso final (Big Crunch), la imposibilidad de viajar por agujeros negros sin salir desintegrado y, en el mejor de los casos, ser exp ...more
Adarsh
Jul 28, 2013 Adarsh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few days back, I got into an online debate with a random girl in a Facebook community. She had mentioned that this is the age of Science, and while Science is taking human life forward at an unimaginable pace, speculative Philosophers are just a hindrance to human progress. I replied with the speculation that a lot of what Science says could turn out to be wrong. This started a fierce discussion that went on for quite long, and I was barely able to defend the powerful arguments she kept throwi ...more
Dominique
Feb 25, 2017 Dominique rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore the brilliance of his mind and sense of humour which sneaks subtly into so many parts of the book.
Mohdalshawan alshawan
Explaines how can any one can be destroyed by a black hole or can build him self again
Thorsten
Jan 30, 2017 Thorsten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eine nette Sammlung von Aufsätzen, die man auch als Laie gut verstehen kann.
Walter Gallo
Mar 23, 2017 Walter Gallo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great essays by an incredibly intelligent person and his visions of the universe
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Stephen William Hawking was born on 8 January 1942 in Oxford, England. His parents' house was in north London, but during the second world war Oxford was considered a safer place to have babies. When he was eight, his family moved to St Albans, a town about 20 miles north of London. At eleven Stephen went to St Albans School, and then on to University College, Oxford, his father's old college. Ste ...more
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