A very interesting viewpoint on how the world was created as well as where we could be going. Having a science background would make it a lot easier to understand though. Some concepts went over my head, but overall it was worth the time. I may need to read it twice to fully understand it. I do think that religious people will have a problem with this publication as Stephen Hawking makes his atheism pretty apparent. While I'm not an atheist (I am more agnostic and decide to live by the golden rule), I do see how it could be difficult to convince a religious individual since many theories over the course of history have been debunked and even the current theories that can't be tested could be debunked. I am still left wondering how does one *really* know, one way or the other? A 200-paged publication obviously will not have all of the answers.