Summary of A Brief History of Time

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A – more or less – complete description of the universe we live in.


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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.


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.
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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 Galilei Galileo. He holds the Isaac Newton chair as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. Hawking is generally considered to be the most brilliant theoretical physicist since Albert Einstein. He has written numerous scientific papers and books, and is also the author of Black Holes and Baby Universes.

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