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Saturday, November 6, 2010
A Brief History of Time
A Brief History of Time is called the most read physics book of all time. I've seen it hanging around in book stores for quite a while and since I've been on physics bent lately I decided to check it out. Like Einstein Stephen Hawking is able to describe some very complex topics in simple language. Unlike Einstein the math was missing from this book so the narrative experience was better. When I'm reading things like this I like to have the math handy but not in the middle of the text. Math in the middle of a theory book written for the mass market is like a Tom Bombadil poem is in the Lord of the Rings, you can just skip it and go on to the next line of the story.
If you're interested in a good description of quantum mechanics or black holes I'd recommend this book.