I'm obsessed with shows like The X-Files and Fringe (Joshua Jackson -- swoon!) and some of my very favorite books are those that involve alternate dimensions or time travel (Outlander series, His Dark Materials trilogy). So of course when I saw A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking at a garage sale for fifty cents, I jumped on it. And after spending much longer than a brief period of time on my bookshelf staring intimidatingly at me, I decided that it was time to dust off this landmark volume and give it a whirl.
A Brief History of Time is described as being told in language we can all understand, which is why it appealed to me in the first place. I have seen and read a lot of fiction involving these topics, but I was very interested in reading the facts by one of "the great minds of our time." We're talking black holes, gravity, antimatter, alternate dimensions, the nature of time, the Big Bang and even God, with amazing and unexpected possibilities.
I had high expectations for this book, and I'd say that they were moderately met. This probably makes me sound like kind of a moron, considering this book is of the "for dummies" variety, but for some reason I thought it would be easier to read and less... text book-y. But I suppose that one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists in history can only stoop down to my level so much. But I was still able to wade through the technical jargon and finished with a much better (although general) grasp of this difficult subject matter. Some of the concepts were so vast that I actually felt vertigo while reading, but I couldn't help but marvel and Hawking's ability to break down these subjects.
Although I still don't understand the ultimate secrets at the heart of creation (but then again neither does Hawking), I still know a whole lot more than I did before reading this book, and I'm glad that I finally get to check it off my bucket list.