A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking

A Brief History of Time

By Stephen Hawking

  • Release Date: 1988-03-01
  • Genre: Astronomy
Score: 4.5
From 613 Ratings



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.


  • Brilliant

    By rhinkle0087
    This book is really good for those interested in the universe. Now that I’m done with this one I’m going to check out his other books.
  • A Great, But Challenging Read

    By znpruitt
    Hawking definitely challenges the average person’s ability to stretch their imagination and perspective to a scope not often reached. It’s a wonderful and informative read.
  • It’s good

    By 21334657748839
    I like this book it is made by the smartest man ever but a little bit of advice to the now dead hawking it’s not a very good idea to make fun of religious people when most of the earth population is made up of it.
  • Mind bending revelation of our universe

    By kryptojar
    One of the best books that explains the complexities of our universe in an extremely digestible manner. The elegance of the writing is evident from the very beginning. Without getting into mathematical depths Stephen Hawking is able to simplify the reasoning behind some of the most fundamental principles in the world of quantum physics, theory of relativity and black holes! Buckle up and enjoy the ride!
  • The best Hawking

    By Akony+
  • Great book

    By Reader467
    Outstanding work and incredible information.
  • Review of A Brief History of Time

    By Barron1961
    I enjoyed reading this book although it took me some time as there is quite a bit to absorb. I appreciate that while Hawking is a well known atheist he actually spends very little time discussing God. In fact, it is not until the last chapter that he really has anything to say about God at all. Even then he doesn’t draw the conclusion that God had nothing to do with the creation of the universe. Hawking seems content to let the reader draw his own conclusions. I can’t say that after reading this book I am now an expert on the origins of the universe, and that’s okay. That was never the point of the book to begin with. Hawking simply sets up a road map showing where the current theories of physics came from and possible destinations as to where science in general and physics in particular is taking us. I can see me reading more of Hawking’s books should the opportunity present itself.
  • Brilliantly written

    By Markmillx1
    You don’t have to be a physics geek or a member of mensa to appreciate the brilliant mind behind this book. Read this book if you want a greater understanding the universe, time and what makes it all go around. When you’re done reading it, you may find yourself going back a month or two later to pick up a thread, that’s how good it is. Hawking had a great mind, a strong spirit, and a sense of humility that will leave you laughing in parts. He lost as many bets as he won and some of the payouts were scandalously funny.
  • Absolutely incredible

    By ispacewalker
    It's so unique and yet informative if your into physics or you just wonder in the middle of night when you can't sleep "why I'm I here?" Then this book is perfect I loved it till the very end
  • A brief history of time

    By willie-will
    A MUST READ BOOK, WRITTEN BY ARGUABLY THE SMARTEST MAN EVER TO BE BORN AND LIVE ON PLANET EARTH!!! Albert Einstein, I believe is almost as brilliant, but Hawking's can put impossible to fathom and comprohend thoughts and theories into lamen's terms. That way, AVERAGE or SLIGHTLY SMARTER THAN AVERAGE people can understand and hold onto these ideas in their minds without fear of forgetting or misunderstanding them seconds after reading them...... GET AND READ THIS BOOK, THEN PASS ALONG TO A FRIEND !!!!!! William Bowers 4-7-2012