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In his phenomenal best seller A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking literally transformed the way we think about physics, the universe, reality itself. Widely regarded as the most brilliant theoretical physicist since Einstein, he has opened our minds to today's most important scientific ideas about the cosmos. Now Stephen Hawking returns to shed new light on the darkest region of space and time...and to reveal an extraordinary array of possibilities for our understanding of the universe.

These essays range from the autobiographical to the purely scientific. Building on his earlier work, Stephen Hawking discusses imaginary time, how black holes can give birth to baby universes, and scientists' efforts to find a complete, unified theory that would predict everything in the universe, a concept he believes will come to seem as natural to the next generation as our current idea that the world is round.

Unfolding the great mysteries of the universe as a backdrop, Stephen Hawking also reflects on free will, the value of life, and his perceptions of death. He looks at how scientific theory converges with - and diverges from - science fiction, as well as how scientific fact interfaces with our own lives. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ken Elser | 1/27/2014

    " I try to read a bit of Hawking every now and again to remind myself of how much I have to learn... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shane | 1/26/2014

    " Excellent read. As always, Hawking has a unique way of expressing even the most tedious and technical aspects of Astrophysics in a refreshing, light-hearted manner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isaac Järvinen | 1/25/2014

    " Interesante... muy interesante... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elesa Hagberg | 1/21/2014

    " I read this years ago because I wanted to be smart. I understood very little and remember nothing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wade | 1/17/2014

    " For some reason I like this book. I get the feeling I shouldn't but I do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rich Packer | 1/10/2014

    " An interesting read into the great man's background and well explained theories into the universe. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 1/8/2014

    " I've liked another Hawking book better (I think I've read The Theory of Everything), but everyone who reads my reviews knows that I'm not a big fan of collections of essays from one author because I get sick of the repetition. I did like the inclusion of the Desert Island Discs interview. And I need to brush up on my physics. Can you believe I used to be able to participate in conversations about it? Now I just wonder about white holes . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrik | 1/4/2014

    " I liked A Brief History of Time: The Updated and Expanded Tenth Anniversary Edition a bit more -- it seemed more "non-physicist-friendly" to me. Moreover, this book lacks any pictures/diagrams, which is a pity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 surfurbian | 11/24/2013

    " Not as easy to absorb as "A Brief History of Time". But still some really interesting stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick Black | 11/8/2013

    " It was pretty obvious with this one that Dr. Hawking needs money, badly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pilar Guerrero | 10/25/2013

    " I'm more of an applied physics kind of gal "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassandra Silva | 10/21/2013

    " The information contained in this selection of essays I think is better explained and developed elsewhere. Other materials cover these topics in a broader and more enjoyable scope. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wilton314 | 10/11/2013

    " Similar to his previous book A Brief History Of Time, this one is informative but heavy going. I think you really need to have an interest in this field, or a genuine need to 'find out', to get the most out of this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/18/2013

    " I love black holes! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 12/20/2012

    " Very interesting and I found a lot out about Mr. Hawking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 12/18/2012

    " Infinitely fascinating! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pete | 9/15/2012

    " makes me wish I'd been a physics major, or a genius, so I could better understand the concepts presented within "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deepak Singh | 9/3/2012

    " It's better than 'A Brief History of Time' as it was written in the form of short essays that focused on single topics and did not provide a holistic picture in every chapter! Very easy to understand and comprehend and a must read for all astro-physics lovers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Morrill | 8/17/2012

    " I actually think that Stephen Hawking is a good writer. This is NOT, I repeat, NOT a book for light reading. If you are gonna take it on, them expect some headaches. Well worth it I think though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Libby | 6/25/2012

    " it's no brief history of time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hugo Rodrigues | 5/9/2012

    " Its hard to be a realist in the philosophy of science for what we regard has reality is conditioned by the theory we subscribe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raresh Vlad | 8/19/2011

    " Good but not fantastic. Some concepts are not properly introduced and explained. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melinda | 4/23/2011

    " A fascinating mind reveals startling insights into the universe in a way most non-scientific readers will understand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rakan | 4/18/2011

    " A bunch of great essays and articles. In it Prof. Hawking talks about his life and his achievements, and a lot of other interesting science stuff.
    recommended if you want to know who prof. Hawking is or want to know more about the universe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha | 12/27/2010

    " A delightful group of essays. I liked the mixture of essays dealing with Stephen's life and essays dealing with physics. It was a good balance. The physics essays were easy to understand and quite informative despite being on the shorter side. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gendou | 12/20/2010

    " The first third of the book is all autobiographical and boring.
    The rest of it is classic Hawking: Lots of clever and a few crazy ideas.
    His idea of imaginary is very fun to ponder, and seems like a promising approach to big bang cosmology. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 10/7/2010

    " I was waiting for more when this book came out. Not as exciting as Brief History of Time, but still enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rahan | 9/12/2010

    " Hawking : The creation didnt need God to happened.. (you tell me steve) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Libby | 1/12/2010

    " it's no brief history of time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 12/30/2009

    " I don't actually understand much of what he writes, but he writes in such a way that he takes my thoughts to places they would not otherwise go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 11/2/2009

    " I actually think that Stephen Hawking is a good writer. This is NOT, I repeat, NOT a book for light reading. If you are gonna take it on, them expect some headaches. Well worth it I think though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brad | 7/27/2009

    " This small collection of short, digestible, essays gives insight into both Hawking the person, and his theories and speculations on cosmology. A little dated, but still interesting. "

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About the Author
Author Stephen HawkingStephen Hawking is Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge; his other books for the general reader include the essay collection Black Holes and Baby Universes and The Universe in a Nutshell.