A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes is a 1988 popular-science book (updated in 1996) by British physicist Stephen Hawking. It turned into a bestselling book and sold greater than ten million copies in 20 years. It was also on the London Sunday Times bestseller listing for greater than 4 years and was translated into 35 languages by 2001.
A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking’s book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe start—and what made its start possible? Does time always flow ahead? Is the universe endless—or are there boundaries? Are there different dimensions in space? What’s going to happen when it all ends?
Told in a language all of us can understand, A Brief History of Time plunges into the unique realms of black holes & quarks, of antimatter and “arrows of time,” of the big bang and a bigger God—where the chances are wondrous and unexpected. With exciting pictures and profound imagination, Stephen Hawking brings us nearer to the ultimate secrets at the very heart of creation.