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Winter (winter9) | 4724 comments This is the discussion thread for A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking Chapter 1-3

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SarahKat | 3450 comments I've finished these chapters and am on chapter 5 now but I'm going to be honest: I don't think this book lends itself to discussion. I'm enjoying it. I listen to it when I go on walks and in the car. But I won't remember half of it when I'm done.

Imbunche | 156 comments I'm two chapters in, it's a much faster read than I expected, but I also don't see it as a good discussion material. I like it so far, though.

Octothorpe Reader Leora K (octothorpereaderleorak) | 276 comments I finished the first 3 chapters. I like some of it and really battle with other parts. What I am taking away so far, you don't need to understand everything as a theoretical physicist would, but rather read it and be aware of what it's about and what the theories are that is shaping our history and future (for us regular people). Don't know if I am explaining it right or making sense?

RJ - Slayer of Trolls (hawk5391yahoocom) | 1100 comments I'm impressed so far that the author has taken some technical material and made it accessible and even interesting to the layperson. It's astonishing that this book has been such a bestseller and has stayed interesting to the general public for so long. Stephen Hawking became a household name largely because of this book.

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SonRod8a | 19 comments I too am enjoying the book. The first three chapters are a bit of a review for me, as I enjoy reading Carl Sagan’s and Neil deGrasse Tyson’s books. With that, Stephen Hawking breaks it down much more concisely in my opinion. I appreciate his explanation of waves in chapter two.

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Jhuma Khan (jhumaaaa) As a science student, this book is "kind of" like a revision for me, it discusses theories that I've read in previous grades. But there are also stuff which I don't know anything about. Stephen Hawking did his best for regular people to understand the concept that were introduced by other theorists, but for someone who reads as fast as me, it is difficult to really understand what he is talking about. Someone who takes their time reading this book will have a better experience than others.

Shanna I just finished chatter 3 and am appreciating the book so far. I don't know much about this topic, but Hawking writes in a very accessible style so I don't feel lost (for the most part). It's very interesting.

RJ - Slayer of Trolls (hawk5391yahoocom) | 1100 comments Jhuma wrote: "...Someone who takes their time reading this book will have a better experience than others."

I agree completely! Although I rush through best-selling thrillers just like anyone, this is a book that demands more concentration in terms of the scientific concepts it discusses, at least for the layman who doesn't practice in the field of physics.

I just finished Chapter 3 in which we learned (spoiler alert) that the universe is expanding! There was quite a bit of history in the first three chapters, taking us from Aristotle up through the 1970s. I'm starting the next section today.

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