Retail pak Random House Audio 2001
CS ISBN 0553528394 $25.95 Three cassettes
CD ISBN 055371449X $29.95 Four CDs
Unlikely as it seems, Hawking means his title literally. This lucid, methodical work summarizes dominant theories in physics. Hawking reviews relativity, quantum physics, the nature of time and space, and explains contemporary research into subatomic particles and fundamental physical laws. Laced with dry humor and references to Hawking's personal life, it makes theoretical physics sound like the most exciting thing in the world. Concluding with speculative chapters about time travel and the future of the human race, it fascinates from beginning to end. Simon Prebble's narration fits Hawking's style well; he delivers technical jargon and bilingual jokes with equal ease. G.T.B. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine [Published: JUN/JUL 02]
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