A Brief History of Time

A Brief History of Time

Stephen Hawking
Date Finished
Dec 26, 2020

🚀 The Book in 3 Sentences

  1. The book is a summary of how our understanding of Time and Physics in general, changed over the past few centuries.
  2. There is still a lot we don't understand in the universe, and we are a long way away from doing so.
  3. “Yeah Science, Bitch” - Jesse Pinkman

🎨 Impressions

I liked Physics in High School, but sadly my dull teenage brain never paid much attention to the class. This book helped consolidate those teachings (especially those related to Time).

It is mind-boggling how we are able to use math and theories to accurately predict various models, sometimes even decades before they are proven to be valid.

Stephen Hawking was a great intellectual who did a lot of good. I imagine the world of Physics is not the same without him.

How I Discovered It

I believe the Kindle app recommended it. This is also when I turned off this notification as I believe it to be a distraction where Amazon attempts to convince me to buy more, all that money spend on a ML model on what I am most likely to buy was well spent, and being the sucker that I am, I ended up buying it.

I bought it as it was something different and I needed a break from all the "serious" books I have been reading for the past few months.

Who Should Read It?

Anyone who has a vague understanding of Physics, Time and wishes to know more or anyone interested in the work of Stephen Hawking and his impact on the world.

☘️ How the Book Changed Me


How my life / behaviour / thoughts / ideas have changed as a result of reading the book.

Stephen Hawking reminded me how insignificant our little lives are. This is both good and bad. It is good as it shows that ultimately nothing matters and we shouldn't worry and just enjoy life. It is bad as it doesn't feel good to be reminded that nothing we do matters in the end. Hopefully, this will nudge me in the direction of not being so self-centred.

It is always good to learn and explore areas that you wouldn't normally be that interested in. I highly recommend leaving the bubble from time to time to see what else is out there, who knows how it might relate and help you in the future.

✍️ My Top 3 Quotes

  • "The eventual goal of science is to provide a single theory that describes the whole universe."
  • "Humanity’s deepest desire for knowledge is justification enough for our continuing quest. And our goal is nothing less than a complete description of the universe we live in."
  • "In Newton’s time it was possible for an educated person to have a grasp of the whole of human knowledge, at least in outline. But since then, the pace of the development of science has made this impossible."