The movie about Stephen Hawking’s ideas from his book titled the same and abut his life. A Brief History of Time attempts to explain a range of subjects in cosmology, including the Big Bang, black holes, light cones and superstring theory, to the nonspecialist reader. Its main goal is to give an overview of the subject but, unusual for a popular science book, it also attempts to explain some complex mathematics.

The author notes that an editor warned him that for every equation in the book the readership would be halved, hence it includes only a single equation: E = mc². In addition to Hawking’s abstinence from equations, the book also simplifies matters by means of illustrations throughout the text, depicting complex models and diagrams.

The book is considered by many to be an “unread bestseller”, which is a book many people own but few have finished.

I really do like the idea to address such an exciting subject to non mathematicians. The choice of topics is well balanced and gives you an interesting introduction into the modern view of our universe. In particular the introduction of sometimes contradictory models explain how physics works the evolution of ideas.

A Brief History of Time

11 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you very much Maria for the notice!
    The Video is online again. Hopefully for a longer time now 🙂

  2. Great website and great doc thanks for making it free.
    I like to be able to make videos full screen….any chance of adding this opyion to the player??

    thanks again

  3. Hi Syd,
    unfortunately we have to use the players provided by the content hosters. In this case it is Google Video. For some reason it just works the way it is and fullscreen is not possible.
    I hope you can enjoy the documentaries anyway.

    Best,

    Simon

  4. Good place I enjoy it, would like to find videos of Cultures like Messopotamia, India, Egypt, Incas, Astecs, Mayas
    6-Sep-2009

  5. Good place, good documentary
    I enjoy it, would like to find videos of Cultures like Messopotamia, India, Egypt, Incas, Astecs, Mayas
    6-Sep-2009

  6. It is the great movie about the power of the mind over its limitations and I think there is similarity between the universe and mind itself, understanding one of them means understand the other. Time as such, time used in physics I mean, does not exist off course. It has the nature of mind being one of features of its inteligence. Notion of time lies on the crossroads of physics and psychology. It is the clear tip leading to understanding of nature of this physical world.

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