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A Brief History of Time
A Brief History of Time | Stephen Hawking
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawkings book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe beginand what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unendingor are there boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space? What will happen when it all ends? Told in language we all can understand, A Brief History of Time plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and arrows of time, of the big bang and a bigger Godwhere the possibilities are wondrous and unexpected. With exciting images and profound imagination, Stephen Hawking brings us closer to the ultimate secrets at the very heart of creation.
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Jari-chan
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Mehso-so

Even though I had quite some difficulties with this book (Hello, dyscalculia!), I did learn a few things by reading this book. I enjoyed the chapter about time travel and finally know for real what micro waves are.

But all in all Hawking writes for another audience than I am. I'm just an interested layman with little knowledge. People who just started getting into physics I'd recommend Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Hawking later on.

Buechersuechtling Kudos that you made it through‼️👏🏼 What you describe matches exactly my own experience. I have a wonderful edition of this book so I would be really happy to read it. I tried several times very hard but each time needed to give up soon because I just understood – nothing. I‘d really _love_ to read this book but reading without understanding makes no sense. Pun unintended. But, yeah, literally. 😇 1mo
Jari-chan @Buechersuechtling Thumbs up for keeping trying! 👍 I'm sure you'll finish and understand it one day 😊 1mo
Vivlio_Gnosi Did you learn anything new by gutting it out? #grind💪 1mo
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Jari-chan
A Brief History of Time | Stephen Hawking
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My #cozy spot. It's all about reading. What a surprise 😁

#Fallisbooked

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TK-421
A Brief History of Time | Stephen Hawking
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“Ever since the dawn of civilization, people have not been content to see events as unconnected and inexplicable. They have craved an understanding of the underlying order in the world. Today we still yearn to know why we are here and where we came from. 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.” #QuotsySept19

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TheEllieMo
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I promise myself I will read this one day....

#History #RedRoseSeptember
@Cinfhen
@arlenefinnigan

arlenefinnigan I just don't think I'd understand any of it. 2mo
TheEllieMo @arlenefinnigan that‘s why I haven‘t read it, not sure I‘d understand any of it either! 2mo
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keepingupwiththepenguins
A Brief History of Time | Stephen W. Hawking
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Mehso-so

A Brief History of Time will be great if you‘re after an introduction to the fundamentals of hard science and cosmology, and you‘re determined enough (slash clever enough) to persist through dry writing. If you‘d rather have a laugh with a light read and you‘re not taking the subject too seriously, maybe check out A Short History of Nearly Everything instead. Full review: http://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/a-brief-history-of-time-stephen-hawking/

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alexa_d
A Brief History of Time | Stephen W. Hawking
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"I'm not being lazy, I'm obeying the 2nd law of thermodynamics and maintaining ordered energy."

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alexa_d
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TheSpineView
A Brief History of Time | Stephen W. Hawking
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#JulyColdPlay @Eggs
#TheScientists

I have had this book for at least 4 years and have still not read it.

lahousewyfe We've moved our copy across the country. I'm pretty sure we've owned it for at least 15 years. Never read. It did move from the bookshelf to the coffee table when he died tho. 😳 4mo
TheSpineView @lahousewyfe 😍😍😍 4mo
Eggs Well done 4mo
the-woman-who-read-everything I hope you enjoy it! I thought it was pretty accessible for such a complicated subject. 4mo
TheSpineView @the-woman-who-read-everything 😊 4mo
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Andrew65
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A day to remember the ‘muse‘ and genius that was Stephen Hawking. #SuperMassiveBlackHole #AnglophileApril

Reviewsbylola Stephen Hawking is the man of the hour today!! 7mo
emilyhaldi 🙌🏻 7mo
Cinfhen TRUTH @Reviewsbylola but all I can think about is Sheldon Cooper 😂😂😂 7mo
Andrew65 @Cinfhen As I was typing this I was thinking about Stephen‘s appearance on The Big Bang Theory. 😂 7mo
Mdargusch I remember when he did that! 😂 7mo
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jenniferw88
A Brief History of Time | Stephen W. Hawking
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🎶 When are you going to get me out of this black hole? 🎶

#neverever #AnglophileApril @Cinfhen @Mdargusch @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi

emilyhaldi Clever 😉🌌 7mo
Mdargusch Great tie in! 7mo
Reviewsbylola Good connection! 7mo
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TheSpineView
A Brief History of Time | Stephen W. Hawking
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#literaryluck @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88
#disabilities

Stephen Hawking is the first person that came to mind. He definitely didn't let his disability impede his work.

vkois88 Such a fascinating person 8mo
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Christinak
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The origin of the name is an enigmatic quotation from James Joyce: “Three quarks for Muster Mark!” The word quark is supposed to be pronounced like quart, but with a k at the end instead of a t, but is usually pronounced to #rhyme with lark.
#QuotsyMar19
#31DaysOfNonFiction

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LondElle89
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Mehso-so

I promised myself that for 2019 I would choose challenge myself as a reader. That means reading books that are out of my comfort zone. Stephen Hawking's bestselling book is one of those books. Science was never my strong suit in school, but I do love science documentaries and I always wanted to read Hawking. I understood about 65% of the book, I had to look up a few things, but I feel I have learned a bit. 3/5 stars.

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JanePratt
A Brief History of Time | Stephen W. Hawking
Mehso-so

A lot of this was over my head. I found myself back tracking a lot. Very informative though! I know know that I knew absolutely nothing about the universe and barely know anything now 😂

kelli7990 I haven‘t read this but it sounds interesting. 11mo
JanePratt It is VERY interesting. I have never read a book that used "however" so much in my life though. Lol 11mo
SqueakyChu I just tried reading this book, but I gave up when I realized I wasn‘t understanding anything. Now I‘m not sure whether to give this book away or to try it again at a later date. 10mo
JanePratt @SqueakyChu I had to stop and reread a lot. I am glad I rented it from the library instead of buying it though! 10mo
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JanePratt
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There is something about reading this book that reminds me how spectacular everything is beyond this planet.

How spectacular and how completely terrifying.

As humans I feel like we often forget how almost insignificant we truly are outside of Earth. Learning more with every page I read!

Soubhiville Hi there! Welcome to Litsy! I hope you‘ll love it. 11mo
Megabooks Welcome to Litsy!! 📚👋🏻 11mo
JanePratt Thank you! I already love it so much! 11mo
Hope_a Welcome to Litsy! ☀️ 11mo
JanePratt @Hope_a thank you! I absolutely adore it. I love seeing others perspective s on books! 11mo
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bookish_wookish
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Got these two from Thriftbooks! Since i can never seem to get through them in time from the library, i just went ahead and bought them. 😊

BookwormAHN Stalking Jack The Ripper is really good 😺 11mo
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TheSpineView
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#readingresolutions @jess7

Prompt: Scientist

ValPenny I think My grasp of Physics was too tenuous to do this book justice! 😳 13mo
TheSpineView @ValPenny Same here. 13mo
ValPenny @TheSpineView 😂🤣😂 13mo
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Suchethaaahh
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Prime Reading!
More books to read! The universe needs to give only more time in a day!

Btw, is Litsy fan of Comics?

#ILikeComics
#BookLover

#xoxoAllTheWayFromIndia

Mae_1 I just discovered Prime Reading... I like the magazines available, too 14mo
Suchethaaahh @Mae_1 Yes Magazines and Comics 💃❤ 14mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz Hi all! New to Litsy too and thanks for following back @Suchethaaahh ❤️😘 13mo
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trioxin_sematary
A Brief History of Time | Stephen Hawking
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Today's pick-up of the interesting variety, for 50p! 😁

MyBookSwapClub It's a great book 14mo
Zelma I remember when everyone had this one their shelves. 14mo
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Astroneman
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Trashcanman I struggled, he's not a good writer I.m.o. Not as accessible as I thought, don't understand all the praise. 1y
Astroneman I had this kind of problem, I didn't understand all The explanations.... @Trashcanman (edited) 1y
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Lirochacamarao
A Brief History of Time | Stephen Hawking
Mehso-so

Amazing book for those who want do discover and understand were the planet came from, and how the universe was created and how he works.
Hawking makes a "bridge" from is theories to another famous ones, like theories from Einstein, Newton or Galileo. It also presents theories from other famous scientists. Although professor Hawking as a great sense of humor and a good way to explain things, sometimes the book gets too technical.

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Jamesfahyauthor
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I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road. - Stephen Hawking

Cathythoughts 😊❤️ 1y
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BestDogDad
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Hawking tackles mind-blowing subjects such as: the origin of the universe, elementary particles, black holes, the fate of the universe, the concept of time, worm holes, time travel, and the unification of theories of physics. The 2017 version includes an updated forward and an appendix with updates of some of the topics covered in the main text. These include: dark energy, the multiverse,and gravitational waves. Science geeks will love this book!

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BestDogDad
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I know Hawking was a fellow atheist and did not have a death bed conversation so I‘m a bit taken aback at his numerous referrals to a god with a capital G.

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BestDogDad
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My brain was melted for 180 pages but now I see where he‘s going with this. 🧐

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MatchlessMarie
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No, not that Michael Jackson. I‘m as disappointed as you. 😅 #AMillionYearsAgo #AdelesMayMashup

vkois88 😂😂😂 2y
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Graywacke
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To be honest, I‘m not sure I really followed and I‘m not sure that the parts I had trouble with were actually difficult. I just seemed to always be teetering just on the edge of just understanding, which only really works if I‘m memorizing everything. And, well, maybe once years ago... 👇👇

Graywacke
I like the the idea of space time plotted as a globe where the big bang is one pole, like the north pole, and the other pole is the big crunch and so there is no edge, just a continuum of physics. Except the universe expansion is accelerating, which means that‘s maybe not the right image.
2y
sloanghost I feel like this series is very much...an experimental narrative structure, and those can be fascinating while also not being necessarily accessible or pleasant to read. But that's a fun thing to dip into now and again because it's gripping and thought provoking in that way! 2y
Graywacke @sloanghost yes, definitely thought provoking! I know he took out all the equations (except e=mc^2). And I wonder if in some cases it actually made the book less accessible. 2y
sloanghost WHY HAVE YOU DONE THIS 2y
Graywacke @sloanghost Moi? Hawking? 2y
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BestDogDad
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Yet, 2,358 years later, the “flat-earthers” are growing in number. 😦

saresmoore Scary, isn‘t it? I actually read On the Heavens in college and really enjoyed it. 2y
BestDogDad @saresmoore Oops. It is! I should read that also. It‘s amazing how smart people were back then, using only observation and intuition. (And it‘s amazing how modern folk can remain so close-minded and ignorant.) 2y
saresmoore My thoughts exactly. I‘ve been working through ancient history with my daughters and (appalling brutality aside) they made some pretty incredible scientific advances, even in spite of using religion as the catch-all explanation for things that didn‘t make sense. Now we understand so much more and yet live in an “alternative facts” world? It‘s mind-boggling! 2y
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Graywacke
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If you can read that, what it essentially says is that the background microwave radiation in our universe is the light emitted from the big bang. It‘s just been red-shifted out of the visual spectrum into lower frequency microwaves. Have to admit, I never really understood just how cool that is.

Swe_Eva Grasping it as well is very cool indeed! 😎 2y
Bookwomble I never understood why this book was considered difficult - it seemed plain to me until my kids both did physics degrees, and I came to realise how little I knew and how much simplifying Hawking had done 😊 2y
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Graywacke @Bookwomble Smart kids. Certainly true. Hawking‘s art here is in how he simplifies. (I checked CMB in Wikipedia and things got immediately far more complicated.) 2y
SqueakyChu What a great book to be reading now.! What is red-shifted? Is that just moving from a visible spectrum to an invisible one? I‘m going to love following your remarks on this book! (edited) 2y
Graywacke @SqueakyChu it fits my mood, for whatever reason. An attempt at red-shifted: Visible light is electromagnetic waves with frequencies in the visible range. Red is the lowest frequency we can see. Lower then red, the waves are invisible. When the wave energy source moves away from you, the frequency gets lower (doppler effect). Light shifts from higher to lower frequencies, from blues to reds (and lower). That is red-shift. 2y
SqueakyChu So as the energy source moves away, at some point it will become invisible because its frequency decreases? I knew there was a reason I never became a physicist! 😃 2y
SqueakyChu I always depend on DrNeutron (Jim) on LT to help me out with these kinds of questions! 😊 2y
SqueakyChu Is this a book that someone who feared Physics as a subject should ever try to tackle? I found Stephen Hawking as a person just fascinating, though. 2y
Graywacke @SqueakyChu ha! Yeah, you should find a better source than me. !! It‘s actually more complicated than how I put it. The Cosmic Microwave Background has red-shift because the universe is expanding, expanding their wavelength... 2y
SqueakyChu @Graywacke If I recall correctly, I think DrNeutron did a tutored read on this book. I‘m going to check for it now... 2y
SqueakyChu I can‘t find it. Maybe I was just imagining it... 2y
RaimeyGallant I am going to read this. I am going to read this. I am going to read this. 2y
Graywacke @RaimeyGallant 🤣 Optimism! 2y
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Graywacke
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Seems like a good way to introduce my next book

1. LibraryThing discussions.
2. Yes. LibraryThing and several other places
3. Of course.
4. This one where the blurb is (i hope)

Chellebearss That‘s one book I‘ve wanted to read but probably will keep putting off 😂 2y
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piyudyaa
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Long as the universe had a begining, we could suppose it had a creator. But if the universe is completely self-contained, having no boundary or edge, it would have netiher beginning or end: it would simply BE. What place, then, for a creator?

Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 2y
Jess7 Welcome!! 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 🖐😁 2y
Skyking Big bang yeah 2y
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Sukesh
A Brief History of Time | Stephen W. Hawking

Just reading. Find interesting

RaimeyGallant Welcome! I started this one, but haven't finished it yet. :) 2y
Sukesh @RaimeyGallant even i feel whether i able to finish it or not. Little difficult to understand Scientific words for an Accountant. 2y
RaimeyGallant I think I'm going to audiobook it. 2y
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RaimeyGallant Librivox has it for free I think. 2y
Sukesh @RaimeyGallant ok. What else books do you read 2y
RaimeyGallant Click on my name, and you'll see it's a lot of mysteries/thrillers with non-fiction audiobooks. 2y
RaimeyGallant For what reason are you asking? 2y
RaimeyGallant That's a nice offer. I'm definitely not offended. I'm just more interested in chatting about books on here. You should add more people, so there are that many more folks to chat with. :) 2y
RaimeyGallant Okay. I will block you. Sorry about this. 2y
Sukesh @RaimeyGallant did you complete your novel? 2y
asiriusreader Welcome to Litsy! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 📚🙌🏻👏🏻🎊 2y
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mellissimo
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Finally finished 'A brief history of time' today. It was a very interesting and informative read. It's overwhelming to think about all these big questions and it surprised me how much is still unclear and how often he wrote words like 'probably' and 'maybe'.
There were a few chapters that I just didn't understand as well 😅🙈 But also if I only get around 80% of it, it still made me a bit smarter and was definitly worth reading!

ju.ca.no Ah das hab ich auch seit einer Weile auf meinem Nachttisch liegen! Hoffentlich komme ich bald dazu, bin schon gespannt wie viel ich davon verstehe😅😂 2y
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CourtStafford
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Book Depository order arrived. Sometimes I just like the British cover better and I love being able to get them. 😍

Reviewsbylola Book Depository is the best. I love that Skloot cover!! 2y
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ChaitanyaSethi
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1. Brida.
2. Mrs. Dalloway
3. The hours
4. Marley and Me
5. Castle, Kenny Schmidt
6. Ayn Rand
7. Arundhati Roy
8. V.S.Ramachandran
9. Carl Sagan
10. Saki?
11.J K Rowling
12. None that I know :P
13. George R R Martin
Bonus - Modern Romance

Think I did pretty well in the #namegame
@Kaye @Ava_Weasley

Kaye I think you did wonderful. 🌟 That last name number 8was another really long one. Good job. 👍 2y
ChaitanyaSethi @Kaye Thanks! 😊 2y
BookishMe @Kaye I was trying to stay away from non-English names for that Wodehouse was nearly my choice ;p 2y
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ChaitanyaSethi @BookishMe All the authors I mentioned write in English. I've grown up on their books so I could think of them easily 😁 2y
BookishMe @ChaitanyaSethi 👌🏾👌🏾 2y
Kaye @BookishMe yes it‘s hard to think of very many English last names that are super long. @ChaitanyaSethi You‘ve grown up with some good writing then 👍 2y
ChaitanyaSethi @Kaye Thanks 😀😀 2y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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RIP Hawking

InLibrisVeritas This is beautiful 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @InLibrisVeritas I first saw it many years ago, but I always think of it when someone passes on. It seemed especially fitting in this case. It also almost always makes me smile. (edited) 2y
Gezemice It is beautiful. RIP Stephen Hawking. 2y
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BookladyOnTheMove
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Starting my first book for my non-fiction book exchange!#2018nfbe @NCNY

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BookladyOnTheMove
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Thank you so much @NCNY! I haven't read any of these yet, but many are on my to be read list and a couple are lovely, lovely, surprises. @inwhichHeikereadsharder #2018nfbe

NCNY I hope you enjoy everything! 2y
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Gezemice
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RIP Stephen Hawking. 😥

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KathyWheeler
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This is my favorite tribute to Stephen Hawking.

Texreader Beautiful 2y
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HiddenGemBooks
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R.I.P to the man who believed in the impossible and questioned everything... you‘ll be missed 💕

Megabooks 😢😢 2y
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EricQiao
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RIP Professor Hawking. 😢

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Buechersuechtling
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https://www.cam.ac.uk/news/professor-stephen-hawking-1942-2018

Der Mann meines Vertrauens hat‘s gelesen – und verstanden. Nach meinem „Desaster“ mit „Das Universum in einer Nussschale“ habe ich mich da gar nicht dran gewagt. Und das, obwohl das ja nun sein erstes Buch war.

Vielleicht muss man die nacheinander lesen. Vielleicht habe ich „Das Universum in einer Nussschale“ deswegen nicht verstanden. 😉🤷🏽‍♀️

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Moray_Reads
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Like many people I was deeply saddened to learn of Stephen Hawking's death, today. But what a life, what a legacy, what an inspiration! He pushed the boundaries of his illness as far as he pushed the boundaries of the universe and all with compassion, wisdom and wicked humour. He opened up a world of physics to millions of ordinary readers without condescension and inspired many others to discoveries of their own. He'll be sadly missed 🌌🚀❇️

vivastory I didn't know about his passing until I read your post. Such a loss... 2y
LeahBergen ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Moray_Reads @vivastory it's terrible news. But to live not far off the average life expectancy and achieve so much after his poor prognosis at 21 is a marvel. I just wish it had been possible for him to make it into space... 2y
rhea_reads11 Yeah. It was a horrible news. I couldn't believe it at first. His life and works inspired me so much. He was one of my idols. 2y
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SiriuslyWeasley
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Saddened to learn of the passing of one of the world's most brilliant minds, Stephen Hawking. His contribution to our understanding of the universe is immeasurable. ☄RIP☄

RaimeyGallant Echoed. 2y
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JacqMac
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Be curious! Before you return to stardust. Such a sad loss for science. #StephenHawking

BethM So sad. 2y
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Readage
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RIP Mr. Stephen Hawking ⭐️💫

Ddzmini 😨 2y
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LitsyOwl
A Brief History of Time | Stephen Hawking

Saddened this morning to hear of the passing of Stephen Hawking. A Brief History of Time was one of the most amazing books that I‘ve read. If you've never heard of it, I encourage you to give it a read. Hawking was one of the most brilliant minds of our generation, but his gift was perhaps his ability to take a complex subject and deliver it in a way for all to grasp.

BiblioLitten Well-put. 🙂 2y
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AmyG
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RIP

niha923 😍✔✔ 2y
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4thhouseontheleft
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The world just lost a brilliant and remarkable individual. RIP Stephen Hawking. 😥😥😥

AmyG He was a gentle genius. Some losses you “feel”. 2y
tpixie Oh my! RIP! 2y
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