Hawking’s A Brief History of Time Available Online

Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time has been published online (via digg)!

The Illustrated A Brief History of Time by Stephen HawkingThis book, first published in 1988, is a great read for any science enthusiast. Hawking does his best to make the complex subjects covered (astrophysics, cosmology, etc.) accessible to everyone, not just those with physics degrees. While I think he does a good job of bringing it down to the lay person, it is still quite enjoyable for those that are “in the know” as it were. The original version is now available in full for those that don’t want to purchase it. It is also fairly convenient to use for reference. For those that are really interested, I do highly recommend the 1996 Updated & Expanded Edition: The Illustrated A Brief History of Time which carries the same text but with new, and helpful, images and charts. Check it out!

EDIT: The page has been taken down, apparently due to copyright violation. Whoops! Just go buy the book!

Categories: Science
  1. October 16th, 2006 at 10:54 | #1


    This seems like an interesting book. Hawking always fascinated me… Hawking, Wheeler and Thorne… those guys were real geeks! (I’m a bit of a geek myself) Anyway I haven’t seen you around lately… come by and drop a comment or two will ya.

    Peace be upon you.


  2. October 16th, 2006 at 18:36 | #2

    Hey there, It really is an interesting book, I love exploring the nature of the universe!

    Sorry I haven’t been there in a while. I enjoy good discussion and even arguments at time, but the tire me out sometimes!

  3. Kiko Fantaye
    October 17th, 2006 at 18:03 | #3


    Hi, my name is Kiko Fantaye I’m a college student studying Information Systems at the Earl Graves School of Business at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. I do agree that Hawking wrote a great book, although I believe he could have done a better job of relaying it to people without more than a general understanding of Astrophysics and Astrology. I feel that a reference guide should have accompanied the book highlighting different theories and ideas discussed within the book itself. I did however like the way he approached the subject by giving an overall history of Astrology and Astrophysics, but he defiantly had me lost when he brought up the subject of quarks and light particle behavior.

    Thanks for providing this page,
    -Kiko Fantaye

  1. October 3rd, 2006 at 16:40 | #1

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