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Saturday, November 6, 2010

A Brief History of Time

Stephen Hawking has been on the news lately discussing how he has theorized that God is not necessary in the creation of universes.  Since the physics involved are probably at the edge of the frontier there is probably a very short list of people that can agree with him or contradict him.  The man is to the point where he can only move one cheek and one finger so I assume the existence or lack of of a supreme creator is high on his mind.

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.


  1. I wonder if you'd be interested in tackling this?

    I read a great review of it some years back, and snapped it up when it came out in paperback, thinking I would get myself some physics knowledge right quick. All it's done is remind me that I shouldn't have blown off Algebra II/Trig; the math gets too heavy for me like 40 pages in (only a thousand more to go!).

    I'll put it on your stack if you haven't read it!

  2. OK awesome! I'd love to check it out. I'm going to take on Positively Fifth Street soon. I just have some more economic history (blah!) to wade through for my term paper and I'm trying to read Super Sad True Love Story before nobody cares about it and then I'll be ready for some more cringe worthy Vegas prose.


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