Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Brief History of Time

A Brief History of Time:
"A Brief History of Time" - A brilliant book by a brilliant Man. Stephen Hawking beautifully explains the evolution of Science about the evolution of Universe, starting from Ptolemy's Earth centered model, Newton's apple story, Einstein's twin paradox to his own views of "Black hole is not so black".

This is my second attempt at reading this book. The first time, when I (tried to) read it a year back, it went super cool until the third chapter. But, when the quantum theory kicked in in fourth chapter, I started losing interest in reading, because I was not good enough to grasp all those amazing but complex concepts and so I quitted reading the book.

Hubble Deep field - Wiki Link
(Our deepest view of our Universe, both in space and time)

Knowledge Hunt:
Since then, there was a burning desire deep inside my mind that I should someday complete reading this book and understand it fully. So, I started reading the book again last month. And here I am, completed reading it :D But still, I didnt get half of the book, starting from the 6th chapter, "Black Holes". The chapters "Arrow of Time" and "Unification of Physics", I just skimmed through them and didnt understand even 1% of them.

My thirst for understanding of our Universe is quenched a little now. Thanks a lot to "A Brief History of Time" and its author, the great scientist, Mr. Stephen Hawking. I planned on reading this book again after a couple of years, to see if I could get something more out of it. Also, I decided to start reading Science books from now, especially books of the legend, Carl Sagan.

PS: "A Brief History of Time" is the second book that I have read, whereas the first one is "Chariots of Gods".

"... if we do discover a complete theory, it should in time be understandable in broad principle by everyone, not just a few scientists. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people, be able to take part in the discussion of the question of why it is that we and the universe exist. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason - for then we would know the mind of God".

God does not play dice.