I must say that the book is well written, the language is easy and quite simple, taking into account the complexity of the cosmology. I like the way how complex things are explained with easy terms and analogies.
But, I also must say, that it’s all to say about the book. With all due respect to Mr. Hawking, but I don’t buy this (theoretical) part of science. Already during my university years I couldn’t completely accept and understand those theories, that are based only on assumptions – basically created in someone’s mind a long time ago; and on other theories which does not have physically provable background – a real, touchable objects. Sincere apologies also to my professors, but parts of science, such as elementary particles and astrophysics, still does not convince me.
Why? That’s why:
How can one describe something and accept it as real, although none has ever seen it..? How can one say that space-time can be bent, if none have seen it, nor have touched it. Time is a concept, not an object – how can one bend a concept? How can one create something out of nothing and say that it was created because of the negative matter? Who can show me this negative object? Can I make cookies from imaginary – negative mass of dough? I can’t even imagine how 4D looks like, can someone draw me that eleven-dimensional space? Has anyone seen an atom in details? How can we base our understanding on mathematical equations that does not have fundamental basics – a real object which we can actually describe? In case our initially imagined equation does not work, can we patch every unclear stuff in it with Uncertainty Principle? Why? If Earth is spinning around its axis, if Earth is rotating around the Sun, if the whole Solar system is rotating around the Milky Way Galaxy – why then we see the same constellations in almost the same places?
Isn’t our understanding of the Universe based on certain ideas that someone imposes and we blindly accept as truth..?
Here, however, are some nice quotes I found in the book:
- The human race does not have a very good record of intelligent behaviour.
- […] no one person can be the master of more than a small corner of human knowledge.
- It is the past that tells us who we are. Without it, we lose our identity.
- If you know how something works, you can control it.
- Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up. Unleash your imagination. Shape the future.