A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars.

A Brief History of Time is one of those books I’ve been intending to read since it came out in the late eighties. I finally got around to it, and I’m happy to say it was worth the wait.

The book is about physics, and the nature of the universe. It takes a high-level look at everything from classical interpretations of physics to what we knew about the physical world towards the end of the twentieth century, when the work was published.

Topics covered include space and time, the expanding universe, the uncertainty principle, elementary particles and the forces of nature, black holes, the origin and fate of the universe, the arrow of time, wormholes and time travel, and how the different theories in modern physics might one day be unified.

Some of the narrative is mind-boggling, because many of the subjects discussed are impossible to visualise or imagine. There are also some difficult concepts to digest, like quantum mechanics. These aren’t covered in depth, but non-physicists will probably have to reread these sections a few times in order to comprehend what is being said.

Would I recommend the book? A resounding yes! If you have ever opened your eyes and wondered about the world and your place in the universe, this book will give you some incredible insights and food for thought. Stephen Hawking’s dry sense of wit makes it even more readable and enjoyable.

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