Book Review: a Brief History of Time: from the Big Bang to Black Holes

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Book Review: A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes Knowledge is the key to everything in life and discoveries will form the key to knowledge. It’s useful for learning more about nature and how to adapt ourselves for the benefit of humankind and animals, depending upon the subject. For example, humans were able to learn how to make use of fire for survival; what would society do without this information? What about electricity? If the ancient Greeks hadn’t discovered electricity by rubbing fur on amber, which causes an attraction between the two, it would’ve never existed. So in order for humans to understand the universe in a greater detail, Stephen Hawking’s book A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes explains complex theories, so that those who don’t understand the theories will be able to comprehend it. Within his book A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking skillfully describes the many theories that explain the universe in theories and the universe as a whole and in pieces. Stephen Hawking explains theories in his version of simplifying words through a process of extracting the jargon physicists commonly use to more common terms so that the reader would be able to understand the words. For example, in chapter nine, Hawking describes the theory of the arrows of time as, “three arrows of time that do distinguish the past from the future” (Hawking 152); he clearly states that “the laws of science do not distinguish between the forward and backward directions of time…” (152), explaining to the audience how the time does not necessarily affect the universe, but as something that helps humans know how to classify what happened before and during a certain event. By paraphrasing his colleagues’ theories, Hawking manages to inform the reader about the facts or opinions about the universe. Not only does he explain the

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