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The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking
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Jan 08, 12

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Read from December 29, 2011 to January 08, 2012

Enjoyed reading this after reading Hawking's much earlier "A Brief History of Time". It contains much more information and advancements relevant to more recent times. It is a relatively simple read as far as physics books are concerned. One does not need formal education on the subject to grasp most of the concepts. There are times when you will have to re-read a passage, if you're like me, and still not 100% comprehend the true complexity. However, even though it was just a tad bit complex for me to fully understand, I feel that this book gives the reader a good view of the workings of the universe, competing theories, and the evolution of theories over time.

It would be difficult to find a book which puts these subjects any simpler, even though as is they may still give you a headache trying to comprehend their complexities. That is no fault of Hawking, who has put things seemingly as plain as possible. It is largely due to the vast quantity of information contained in such a small book, and thus being required to remember a fair bit as you read along, and possible flipping back to re-read a paragraph on this or that.

I recommend reading "A Brief History of Time" first however, as it is also written for the non-educated, but contains only developments up until the mid 1980's. This will give you a foundation to which will aid you in reading "The Universe in a Nutshell", which though everything is explained in it that is presented, a previous reading of "A Brief History of Time" would certainly help make things clearer upon transitioning into this later book which is more in depth, and cover more recent material, as well as the previous material from "A Brief History of Time".
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