A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking … Review by Yokibu Editorial
Posted on: June 30, 2021.

Author: Prabhukrishna M, Content Creator/Chief Editor, Yokibu Editorial

Bringing modern science to general readers, by examining current scientific answers to introduce modern physics, is what Stephen Hawking has accomplished with A Brief History of Time.

The book discusses current scientific answers to fundamental questions like:

Where did we come from?

Why is the universe the way it is?

Was there the beginning of time?

Is there an ultimate theory that can explain everything?

This book, whose review you are reading, is the revised edition published in 1988—the original edition was released in 1990. Following are the many reasons why you would like A Brief History of Time

Reading the book is easy and comfortable. The language is simple and intended for the non-scientific, general audience, enhanced by clarity in style of writing and non-usage of difficult-to-understand words.

With only 198 pages—including glossary and index—the book generates interest about the origin of the universe and the stars, and the introduction of the human species in the evolution of the universe.

The book is of a comprehension level best suited for general readers, with interesting stories of certain Nobel Prize winners in Physics, helping readers understand the progress in physics in the 20th century.

The author of the book—distinguished theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking—is himself one among physicists who have contributed to searching an ultimate theory.

Black Holes is one of the important theories A Brief History of Time talks about, clarifying that a black hole is not actually “black”, showing through illustrations that it radiates light.

This theory rubbished the myth that a black hole only absorbs everything around it, but radiates nothing. This was what the scientific and para-scientific community had unwittingly been believing in.

Speaking of illustrations, the book uses simple sketches and images to effectively explain abstract concepts and phenomena—”from the Big Bang to Black Holes”, as the extended title mentions.

In A Brief History of Time, Hawking skillfully consolidated and applied general relativity and quantum mechanics—two theories inconsistent in many cases—to speculate the ultimate theory of black holes.

Hawking’s presentation of theories is a starting point toward the ultimate theory, and reading a book written by him explaining his own ‘theory’ entertains readers with a basic interest in science!

The author mentions the Grand Unified Theory “GUT” to explain the beginning of the universe by considering both general relativity and quantum mechanics—this we cannot otherwise know.

A person settling down to read A Brief History of Time does not have to understand every word and sentence to enjoy the book—Hawking has, painstakingly, made all necessary efforts to entertain his general readers.

You would find it greatly interesting to read Hawking’s explanation of the history from the beginning of the universe to the first living things on earth. Clear, reasonable statements entertainingly explain time travel.

An essential tip that this review suggests is that if you encounter parts of the book difficult to understand, just skip and continue. Enjoy reading the book and, perhaps, Hawking might tell you many amazing things!


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