Weekend Rec: Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time

Stephen Hawking, perhaps best known for his good-natured sense of humor and forays into the world of television, was a remarkable intellect whose groundbreaking discoveries and theories helped to shape modern cosmology and theoretical physics. With his passing on March 14th, 2018, we lost not only a truly inspirational figure and towering intellect, but also a tremendous science communicator.

Hawking had a unique gift for being able to communicate his complex theories and ideas in a way that was not only easily understandable but also entertaining. His razor-sharp wit was evident, even if subtly so, in virtually all of his writing. While not a usual pick for weekend reading, A Brief of History of Time remains one of the finest and most engaging works of popular science writing of the latter twentieth century. It’s the bestseller that pushed Professor Hawking to fame, and is a provocative and immensely readable example of the infectious curiosity that drove Hawking. If you ever wanted a better understanding of the universe we live in – its beginnings and the nature of time and space – there really is no better time pick up A Brief History of Time.

Here’s more on Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time:

A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking’s book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin—and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending—or are there boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space? What will happen when it all ends?

Told in language we all can understand, A Brief History of Time plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and “arrows of time,” of the big bang and a bigger God—where the possibilities are wondrous and unexpected. With exciting images and profound imagination, Stephen Hawking brings us closer to the ultimate secrets at the very heart of creation.

Whether you’re reading it for the first time or revisiting the bestselling classic, A Brief History of Time is an ideal, and surprisingly entertaining, way to expand your mind a bit this weekend.