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A Brief History Of Time: From Big Bang To Black Holes

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Was there a beginning of time?

Could time run backwards?

Is the universe infinite or does it have boundaries?

These are just some of the questions considered in an internationally acclaimed masterpiece which begins by reviewing the great theories of the cosmos from Newton to Einstein, before delving into the secrets which still lie at the heart of space and time.
Paperback, 220 pages
Published 1998 by Bantam (first published 1987)
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Bill
Sep 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cosmology, physics
This book puts me in mind of the story about how a Harvard number theorist, through some malfunction of the scheduling computer, got assigned to teach an introductory course in pre-calculus. Being one of those individuals to whom math came so easily that they couldn't grasp how difficult others found it, the professor had no idea what to cover in such a course.

So, he went to the chair of the department, who told him: "You'll want to start with the real number-line and then progress to inequalit
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Huda Yahya
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition



هناك لذّةٌ ما ،، في أن تفتحَ كتاباً تشعُّ من سطوره ألوان الفضاء
شيءٌ ما في فعلِ المعرفةِ ،، والتأمل فيها
شيءٌ يأخذ عقلك إلى أمكنةٍ أخرى
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لا بين المجرات
ولا في خضّم الكونِ الواسع
بل هنا بداخلك
عند هذا النبض الأخّاذ في قلبك
حيث تبدأ المتعة في التحرر
لتغمر مسامّك برائحة الدهشة
فالكون في داخلك أنت يا صاحبي


تاريخٌ موجز للزمن ،، يُعتبر من أهم الكتب العلمية الحديثة
يأخذك ستيفن هوكنج في رحلةٍ عبر تاريخ العلم
ويشرح لك كيف تغيّرت نظرتنا للكون ،، ولمجرتنا ،، ولكرتنا الأرضية ،، ولأنفسنا كذلك عبر العصور


هذه هي قرا
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Ahmad  Ebaid
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: علوم
"والواقع أننا قد أعدنا تحديد مهمة العلم لتصبح اكتشاف القوانين التي تمكننا من التنبؤ بالأحداث في الحدود التي يفرضها مبدأ عدم اليقين"
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بدأ ستيفن هوكينج, وهو عالم في الفيزياء النظرية, في كتابة هذا الكتاب في الفترة التي كان مازال يستطيع فيها أن يستخدم صوته وهو شبه مشلول على كرسيه المتحرك, ثم وبعد فترة, وقبل أن يكمل الكتاب, خضع لجراحة شقت فيها حنجرته, ليذهب صوته وهو الشيء الوحيد الذي كان يتواصل به مع العالم آنذاك

ظن في البداية أنه لن يستطيع إكمال الكتاب, ولكن أحد طلبته "بريان هويت" قام بمساعدته, ليس فق
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Daniel
It is not clear to me who is in the target audience for this book. At times it tries to explain basic concepts of modern physics in simple language, and at other times it assumes a familiarity with the same subject. For the first time I think I "understand" why absolute time is not consistent with relativity theory or that space-time curvature supplants the notion of gravity, and for that I thank the author. There are a few other things I believe I have a glimpse of having (finally) slogged thro ...more
Laurel
Oct 05, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, science
If I had a slightly more evolved brain or were as brilliantly smart as, say, Stephen Hawking, I might give this book 4 or 5 stars. I'm pretty certain it deserves 4 or 5 stars. But my brain is only (I like to think) a bit above average. And so, yes, I admit it -- much of this (especially when delving into his own theories) was over my head. And while I found what I did understand absolutely fascinating, I can't really give it more than 3 stars because doing so would imply I really "got it."

I actu
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David Sarkies
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like physics but are not physicists
Recommended to David by: John Lennox
Shelves: science
Things I learnt from Stephen Hawking
11 October 2014

Ever since I took up physics in year 11 I have had a love affair with the subject, which is odd since I went on to study an arts/law degree (but that probably had something to do with the fact that I would not have had the staying power to pour all of my energy into helping human knowledge advance towards establishing a unified theory). I still wonder where I ended up getting this book, and it had been sitting on my shelf for quite a while (pro
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خیلی وقت بود دنبال یه کتاب بودم که نظریات فیزیک جدید رو توضیح بده. زیاد از اصل عدم قطعیت و کوانتوم و نسبیت و نظریه ی ریسمان ها و سیاهچاله و کرمچاله و انفجار بزرگ و غیره و غیره شنیدیم، ولی شاید از هیچ کدوم تصور درستی نداشته باشیم. این کتاب خیلی از این نظریات رو مفصل توضیح میده.
استيون هاوكينگ يك مستند سه قسمتى داره، به نام "به سوى كيهان، همراه با استيون هاوكينگ" با صداى بى نظير بنديكت كامبربچ، كه بيشتر مباحث اين كتاب رو، بسيار بسيار ساده تر توضيح ميده. توصيه مى كنم كسانى كه تازه مى خوان مطالعات كي
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Jason Koivu
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Isn't it amazing that a person can read a book like A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking and come away feeling both smarter and dumber than before he started? What a universe we live in!

It's quite short and generally a quick read. Not every page is filled with mind-numbing theories and brain-busting equations. Some of it is just history, say on Newton and such. However, there were a few pages worth of passages where my wee brain felt like it was getting sucked into a black hole...mainly du
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Ahmad Sharabiani
A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes
What is it that our eyes do that could possibly affect things? Stephen Hawking
A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes is a popular-science book on cosmology (the study of the universe) by British physicist Stephen Hawking. It was first published in 1988. Hawking wrote the book for nonspecialist readers with no prior knowledge of scientific theories.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: چهارم ماه مارس سال 1996 میلادی
عنوان: «تاریخچه زمان :
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Darwin8u
Jun 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
“The universe doesn't allow perfection.”
― Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

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I know. I know. I both loved and hated this book. I definitely should never have read this book, cut the pages, opened the box, etc.. Somehow Stephen Hawking has written a book that gently fluffs the tail on Schrödinger's cat (or perhaps Schrödinger's cat is fluffing Dr. Hawking).

Look, no doubt the guy is a genius and has a fantastic story (ALS, computer voice, nurses, Black Holes, strippers, movies, etc). My pro
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Matthew
Aug 30, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hawking is a brilliant physicist and a true expert in explaining highly complex aspects of our physical universe in terms that can be understood by most lay people.

Where Hawking fails, in my opinion, is his hubris. He proceeds in to the realm of metaphysics and religion in several portions of this book. For instance, in his chapter on the "arrow of time", he states that, essentially, the universe can only move in one direction of time. It cannot go backwards. He also states that this limits the
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Manny
Nov 22, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
Apparently this book tops the world list of "bought but not read", which may explain why it's so universally acclaimed as a work of genius. If you know anything much about relativity or cosmology, it comes across as a potboiler, admittedly a well-written one with a great final sentence. I wasn't impressed.

But... without it, we would never have had MC Hawking. If you haven't come across him, start with the lyrics to "E = MC Hawking". Then buy A Brief History of Rhyme.
Saleh MoonWalker
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physics
اثر کلاسیک هاوکینگ مثل بقیه کتاب های بعدش نثر شیوا و ساده و قابل فهم داره. به مساله ابتدایی هستی و سرچشمه جهان و نحوه ی تغییرات اون توی این چند هزار سالی که گذشته و مسائل اصلی در مورد زمان توی این کتاب پرداخته. به عنوان یه اثر کلاسیک حتما پیشنهاد میشه بخونید و لذت ببرید.این افراد هستند که به پیشرفت بشر کمک فراوانی میکنن. به امید آگاهی روزافزون تمامی افراد و پیروزی خرد.

The universe doesn't allow perfection.
Ahmed Ibrahim
يسعى هوكينج في هذا الكتاب لوضع خريطة أو مسار كوني، بداية من الكيفية التي بدأ بها الكون، إلى وضع الاحتمالات التي سينتهي إليها، وتوضيح ما بينهما من أمور كونية فلكية.

بدأ الكتاب بالحديث عن الانفجار الكبير والمتفردة التي بدأ منها، وفيما بعد سيتناول احتمالات تنفي وجود متفردة أولية تقول بأزلية الكون، لكن المتفق عليه بشكل كبير في حالة وجود المتفردة أو لا أنه ثمة انفجار كبير بدأ منه الكون ثم تمدد، ومن الأشياء التي ستناقش بعد هذا هو الكيفية التي تمدد بها الكون. الانفجار الكبير كما قال هوكينج لا ينفي وجو
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Trevor
Dec 08, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
The main idea to take away from this book is that time has a clear direction. Entropy is the idea that the universe moves from highly ordered states to less ordered states. If you take the lid off a bottle of perfume, and leave it off for a few days the perfume will go from being highly ordered (all in the bottle) to highly disordered (all over the room).

Hawking uses this idea to explain why travelling back in time is impossible. It requires very little energy to knock a glass over and smash it
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Mohammed-Makram
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
مع انى دارس هندسه فراغية و هندسة وصفية و مساحة جيوديسيه و رياضه بحته و تطبيقية و فيزياء عامه و ثيرمو دايناميك لكن حسيت و انا بقرأ الكتاب ده انى كنت أدبى و انى خريج دبلوم زخرفه
ده مش عيب فى الكتاب لكن عيب فيا انا لأنى درست علشان أشتغل و اهتميت بس بالمحتوى العلمى اللى هستخدمه فى السوق و كمان ممكن يكون طريقة التدريس أيامنا كانت مشى حالك و كل عيش
المهم الكتاب مع ذلك شيق و ممتع و مفيد جدا وأسلوبه رشيق و ترجمته ممتازه و دمه خفيف و فيه كمية معلومات تنوء بها العصبه أولى القوه
بعد ما بنقرأ الحاجات دى أكيد ب
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Shine Sebastian
Without a doubt a masterpiece!
It's just incredible how Hawking explains to us the complex and mindboggling secrets and concepts of physics and our universe, with amazing wit , clarity, and simplicity.
The questions that we all used to ask to ourselves and to our parents, about god, about time, life and it's meaning, the sky, stars, about who created our universe and about it's beginning, about our fate......
we had that unique quality called curiosity when we were children, but then, as we grew up
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Miquel Reina
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, this is definitely one of my favorite books of science and my favorite one of Stephen Hawking. I love the way Hawking explains concepts so abstract and difficult to understand as time or black holes. It's a science book for the general public; you don't need to know math or physics to understand the amazing concepts about the Universe he tries to explain us. I totally recommend A Brief History Of Time to everyone, not only the lovers of science.

Spanish version:
Éste es sin duda uno de mis lib
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Dodoo Ahmed
بما ان اختصاص الكتاب ليس من اهتماماتي فق قرأته قراءة سريعة و لم أحاول التعمق في النظريات و المعادلات الفيزيائية و تجاوزن عت اي شيء مما لم أفهمه .. دفعني لقراءته الفصول فخرجت منه بمعلومات أجدها قيمة و اضافت لي بما اني ما كنت لأعرفها لولا قراءتي الكتاب أوجزها فيما يلي:

1- نيوتن قد وضع نظرية للجاذبية الكونية
كل جسم في الكون ينجذب الى جسم اخر بقوة تزيد شدتها كلما زادت كتلة الاجسام و كلما زادت قربا أحدها من الآخر

2- رأى نيوتن ان حسب قانونة القمر يدور حول الارض لانه اكثر قربا و الارض اكبر حجما
و الاررض و
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Michael Finocchiaro
A classic text where the amazing Stephen Hawking explains string theory and quantum mechanics "for dummies." Highly readable and even comical, it is a superb read. I need to go back and read this one again myself!
John Farebrother
I've read this book twice, and for a brief instant, when reading about event horizons, I got it. But don't ask me to explain it now.
The book explains in lay terms what several decades ago was only understood by a handful of people. Surprisingly, it is not devoid of humour, and is actually very readable. The remarkable author leads the reader on a journey from the earliest premises of the ancient astronomers right up to black holes and white dwarves, and the latest thinking on the future of the u
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Nikki
Stephen Hawking's book is easy to read, but harder to comprehend. In every chapter came a point where my brain couldn't hold another permutation of a theory, and as the book progressed, I ended up taking the same approach as I do when reading a Norse saga for the first time. With sagas, I just read, even if my brain doesn't seem to retain all the information about who is related to who and what they named their horse. Inevitably, at the end, I have a reasonable basic grasp of the saga, and then ...more
Gypsy

البتّه من ویرایش جدیدشو دارم با کلّی ملحقّات و اینا. بهشدّت دوستش داشتم. خیلی قابل فهم بود؛ گرچه آخراش یکم دیریاب میشد. اون فرهنگ واژگان تهشم خیلی کمک کرد. کلاً خیلی بهخوندنش احتیاج داشتم و پاسخ خیلی از پرسشهامو داد.. آقا خسته نباشی! :D
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Nawal
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a review of a non-technical reader.

A very readable and entertaining introduction to recent developments in physics and cosmology, Hawking attempts to deal with questions that bothered the cosmic physics community 20 years ago:

Is the universe finite or infinite in extent and content? Is it eternal or does it have a beginning? Was it created? If not, where did it come from? ? What governs the laws and constants of physics? Why is the universe the way it is? etc.


Glossing over the key aspect
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mali
Jun 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
It was while reading this that I finally had an "aha" moment about why it is that observation can change what you're trying to observe. I was always kind of skeptical of this, because I was wondering "what is it that our eyes do that could possibly affect things?" Stephen Hawking set me straight: it's the tiny speck of light that you have to shoot at what you're trying to observe that affects it. Light bulb is on!

I have an interest in physics, and I have read quite a few books for the layman abo
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Mustafa Ahmad
I've always liked science. But, it has never really been easy to distinguish my favorite subject, as I really like them all, so science is on par with history and math and literature for me.


But, after reading this book and the works of Brian Greene, as well as numerous other popular books on physics, I have seen science in an entirely different light.

If people could still produce intelligent books such as this one, then our world might actually be a fairly pleasant one. I'm not saying that we'r
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Nandakishore Varma
Nov 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
Manny says this book is in the "bought but not read" category for most people. Well, I'm proud to say that I bought and read it, that too in nearly one sitting - back in my geeky days, when I used to get a sexual high just from solving a hard maths puzzle.

Unfortunately, I don't remember much of it (time for a re-read!) but I remember taking away the idea that time is a sphere. Being Indian, I loved this - because we are strong champions of cyclical time. Also, if time and space are both curved,
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aPriL does feral sometimes
All I can really tell you with certainty is 'A Brief History of Time' is very logically organized, but as each chapter described a series of linked discoveries and what it all meant, unfortunately it mostly was still opaque to me.

Topics are introduced logically as Stephen Hawking describes in plain English the discoveries of scientists. He usually begins with observable phenomena which have led to verified maths (not actually detailed) demonstrating very likely how the Universe, and presumably
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Tariq Alferis
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


كتب ستيفن هوكنج هذا الكتاب، من اجل الاستهلاك المحلي او لطبقة العامة من الناس فقد ذكر فى كتابه ان أحد اصدقائه قال له :

أن كل معادلة ستكتبها فى كتاب , ستخسر بها نصف قرائك . ولذلك قد حاول الالتزام بعدم التعقيد العلمى , ومحاولة الوصول الى البساطة والعمق .

لايوجد اكبر واعقد من كوننا ..!

يبدآ الكاتب بمجموعة من الاسئلة ، من اين اتينا ،،؟

كيف نشآ الكون ..؟

وهل نحن وحيدون في الكون ..؟

هل توجد مخلوقات غريبة تعيش في عالمنا ..؟

مامستقبل الجنس البشري ..؟


حتي عشرينات القرن الماضي ، كان يعتقد ان الكون ساكن لايتحرك ح
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Annalisa
Sep 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I love math and physics and books that make me feel stupid, as in they are that intelligent. It was interesting learning about the development of science as it refers to the way we think about the universe and how scientific discoveries have been influenced and influence the way people think about God. My favorite section was the discussion of black holes and antimatter.

At times Hawking lost me. He wants to explain theory to the masses, but as he draws near to his own theory, he got
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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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