A Brief History Of Time - Stephen Hawking

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This is one of the most well-known 'coffee table' books of recent years. Broadly the idea is with coffee table books that you don't necessarily read them, but put them in a prominent place to impress your friends when they come round, who might like to dip into them if they're particularly brave.

Some coffee table reads are actually very good - so what of Hawking's book - should it be left on the coffee table or picked up and read?

Well the good news is that this is a clear, condensed summary of many modern scientific theories. You do need some, at least basic, conception of physics to read this else you probably will struggle, purely because of the nature of the beast.

The book explores classic questions, such as was there a beginning of time, would it make sense (is is possible) that time could run backwards (also would we notice did run backwards - probably not as our memories would be constantly being undone) and is the universe infinite are just some of the subjects tackled and explored.

In summary, anyone with a keen interest in science, and particularly physics, and thinking about abstract subjects will enjoy this book. If you just want a light read and have no prior scientific knowledge at all, there are probably better books. Overall Hawking manages to discuss ambitious topics in a non-mathematical way in an engaging and interesting manner.

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