A Brief History of Time | Study Guide

Stephen Hawking

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A Brief History of Time | Chapter Summaries


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Chapter Summary
Foreword Stephen Hawking opens his book with a brief reflection on the unanticipated success of the first edition of A Brief Hist... Read More
Chapter 1 The first chapter of A Brief History of Time presents the big questions about the universe with the story of a woman who... Read More
Chapter 2 Stephen Hawking starts out this chapter pitting Galileo Galilei and Sir Isaac Newton against Aristotle by explaining how... Read More
Chapter 3 Stephen Hawking points out in this chapter that humans have been aware of the Milky Way and other visible celestial feat... Read More
Chapter 4 Stephen Hawking begins this chapter with comments on scientific determinism, which proposes that if we had enough inform... Read More
Chapter 5 Just as the history of our perception of the universe has expanded from the confined spheres of the Aristotle/Ptolemy mo... Read More
Chapter 6 The description of light as being composed of particles (a theory favored by Sir Isaac Newton) or as waves (based on the... Read More
Chapter 7 Stephen Hawking opens this chapter with a revelation that came to him in 1970 about how light and matter behave inside a... Read More
Chapter 8 The trajectory of the universe from an origin at the big bang to an ending at the big crunch is the topic Stephen Hawkin... Read More
Chapter 9 In this chapter, Stephen Hawking begins with how a sense of absolute time is no longer possible in situations that invol... Read More
Chapter 10 It is in this chapter that Stephen Hawking tackles the exciting possibilities at the core of science fiction—wormholes t... Read More
Chapter 11 Stephen Hawking explains in this chapter that physics is drawing ever closer to a complete unified theory. This theory w... Read More
Chapter 12 Stephen Hawking's conclusion to A Brief History of Time reviews the main points of the book regarding both quantum mecha... Read More
Back Matter Rather than repeat widely known information about the scientific achievements of Albert Einstein, Galileo Galilei, and S... Read More
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