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1/23/2014 9:27:40 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
I just started reading this book by Stephen hawking. Has anyone else read it? What do y'all think?
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1/23/2014 10:48:35 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 1/23/2014 9:27:40 PM, PotBelliedGeek wrote:
I just started reading this book by Stephen hawking. Has anyone else read it? What do y'all think?

I was about your age when I first read it. You are on the right path ;)

At 20 y.o., it's hard to fathom the concepts that are out there in theoretical physics. It takes a complete overhaul of your senses. Opening your mind to relativity, in particular, is very difficult and Hawking has just the way to get it across to you without it becoming too frustrating and overwhelming.

If it gets too intense at times, (I believe in chapter 4 or so he gets in depth about spin [the playing cards examples] and it gets pretty hairy) then just skip it and don't let it hang you up. Finish the book and then re-read the parts that confused you. I personally still don't understand spin, it is an impossible concept to actualize in my opinion!

I would move on to his other book, "Universe in a Nutshell" after you get a good hold on A Bried History. Nutshell is probably a bit dated now, but probably the only concept that's obviously outdated is his analogies to computers in the Star Trek chapter. Nutshell takes the concepts and plays with them some more, and gives you a lot of what he said in A Brief History but in a different spin.

Those two should keep you busy for awhile! Why don't you ask us in this thread if you want anything re-explained, and I'll be happy to explain it a different way! I can always use the practice, as I'm not a math guy at all.
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1/23/2014 10:51:53 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 1/23/2014 10:48:35 PM, R0b1Billion wrote:
At 1/23/2014 9:27:40 PM, PotBelliedGeek wrote:
I just started reading this book by Stephen hawking. Has anyone else read it? What do y'all think?

I was about your age when I first read it. You are on the right path ;)

At 20 y.o., it's hard to fathom the concepts that are out there in theoretical physics. It takes a complete overhaul of your senses. Opening your mind to relativity, in particular, is very difficult and Hawking has just the way to get it across to you without it becoming too frustrating and overwhelming.

If it gets too intense at times, (I believe in chapter 4 or so he gets in depth about spin [the playing cards examples] and it gets pretty hairy) then just skip it and don't let it hang you up. Finish the book and then re-read the parts that confused you. I personally still don't understand spin, it is an impossible concept to actualize in my opinion!

I would move on to his other book, "Universe in a Nutshell" after you get a good hold on A Bried History. Nutshell is probably a bit dated now, but probably the only concept that's obviously outdated is his analogies to computers in the Star Trek chapter. Nutshell takes the concepts and plays with them some more, and gives you a lot of what he said in A Brief History but in a different spin.

Those two should keep you busy for awhile! Why don't you ask us in this thread if you want anything re-explained, and I'll be happy to explain it a different way! I can always use the practice, as I'm not a math guy at all.

It is an awesome book! I can't get past a single page without my mind literally imploding.
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1/23/2014 11:19:33 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Love that book!
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