Summary of A Brief History of Time

Looking for the book?
We have the summary! Get the key insights in just 10 minutes.

A Brief History of Time book summary
Start getting smarter:
or see our plans

Rating

8 Overall

9 Importance

10 Innovation

10 Style


Recommendation

The image of wheelchair-bound Stephen Hawking expounding on the exotic realities of a vast universe has become so indelibly etched into popular culture that it's easy to forget that Hawking achieved a spot in the ranks of history's great thinkers long before he became a scientific icon. It isn't every day that you get to read a book whose author helped to shape his field in a fundamental way. Even though he is considered the most brilliant theoretical physicist since Albert Einstein, Hawking has managed to produce an accessible and enjoyable book that can be understood by laymen as well as scientists. getAbstract recommends this classic not only for its masterly explanation of the workings of the universe, but also for its studied examination of what new discoveries mean for common man, philosophy and religion.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How breakthroughs by thinkers like Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein and Werner Heisenberg changed contemporary notions of how the universe works,
  • Why scientists now seek a single unifying theory that will explain the workings of the entire universe, and
  • How the discovery of such a theory would affect modern theology.
 

About the Author

It is one of the ironic footnotes to history that Stephen Hawking, who has done so much to popularize the physical sciences, was born in 1942 on the anniversary of the death of Galileo Galilei. He held the Isaac Newton chair as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and was generally considered to be the most brilliant theoretical physicist since Albert Einstein. Hawking passed away on March 14, 2018.

 

Summary

The Turtle Theory

During one long exposition on the nature of the universe, a little old lady arose at the back of the lecture hall. "What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise," she declared.


More on this topic

By the same author

Questioning the Universe
Questioning the Universe
8
A Briefer History of Time
A Briefer History of Time
9

Customers who read this summary also read

Convergence
Convergence
9
How LIGO Discovered Gravitational Waves — and What Might Be Next
How LIGO Discovered Gravitational Waves — and What Might Be Next
9
Know This
Know This
8
Need a New Idea? Start at the Edge of What Is Known
Need a New Idea? Start at the Edge of What Is Known
8
Why Time Flies
Why Time Flies
8
The Evolution of Everything
The Evolution of Everything
8

Related Channels

Comment on this summary