A Brief History of Time: From Big Bang to Black HolesPaperback
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- Publisher: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)
- Format: Paperback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 114mm x 178mm x 23mm | 159g
- Publication date: 1 May 2001
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0553176986
- ISBN 13: 9780553176988
- Illustrations note: Mit Abb.
- Sales rank: 1,242
Was there a beginning of time? Could time run backwards? Is the universe infinite or does it have boundaries? These are just some of the questions considered in an internationally acclaimed masterpiece by one of the world's greatest thinkers. It begins by reviewing the great theories of the cosmos from Newton to Einstein, before delving into the secrets which still lie at the heart of space and time, from the Big Bang to black holes, via spiral galaxies and strong theory. To this day A Brief History of Time remains a staple of the scientific canon, and its succinct and clear language continues to introduce millions to the universe and its wonders.
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In 1963, Stephen Hawking contracted motor neurone disease and was given two years to live. Yet he went on to Cambridge to become a brilliant researcher and Professorial Fellow at Gonville and Caius College. Since 1979 he has held the post of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge, the chair held by Isaac Newton in 1663. Professor Hawking has over a dozen honorary degrees, was awarded the CBE in 1982. He is a fellow of the Royal Society and a Member of the US National Academy of Science.