A Brief History of Time, 2012

This was taken somewhere between Covent Garden and The Strand, London, UK.

A Brief History of Time  is a book about cosmology by Stephen W. Hawking. It was published in 1988, and has sold in excess of 10 million copies.

I read the book in 1988, and haven’t gone back to it since. I remember a brief moment of revelation about black holes and light cones on finishing it and then promptly forgot everything it had told me. For more information you could try here.

Here’s the first paragraph:

A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: “What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.” The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, “What is the tortoise standing on?” “You’re very clever, young man, very clever,” said the old lady, “But it’s turtles all the way down!”

In our house, the book can be found: dining room, left-hand bookshelves, third shelf down.

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Thank you  John and Deanne for making me think about titles. Extra thanks to Deanne for  tag ideas etc. Ta too to Terry for sending me bookshelfwards in search of ideas, and of course to Richard at CK Ponderings for being a super-cool collaborator.