Title: A Brief History of Time
Author: Stephen Hawking
Page Count/Review Word Count: 222
Let’s get things straight – this book is our generation’s version of On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin, a book that will shape science for years to come. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll understand it all.
I personally think I understood about 70% though, which is a pretty good ratio – I got a C in Science when I studied my GCSEs, and that’s about as far as my scientific career progressed. If you understand 100% of what Hawking is talking about then you’re a genius and if you understand less than 50% of it, you’re an idiot – I reckon you’re probably somewhere in the middle.
One of the most difficult concepts to grasp was that of a shape which, when you rotated it 360 degrees, was no longer the same, but which was the same if you rotated it 720 degrees (360 degrees, twice). I’m not even going to begin to understand that, but a lot of the space stuff like the big bang and black holes was well-written and easy to understand. I’m pretty sure that Hawking’s goal was to educate future generations, and he’s sure been successful at that – even more so, if you go and read it yourself.