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2001-10-16 12:11:05 AM  
Hehe, funny headline.

But this makes me sad. Now, granted, I haven't read the book myself so I can't pass judgement, but the book is the most commonly unfinished by readers? The new book will have fewer words and more pictures? This makes me sad. I've read a few tough books in my life (The Elegant Universe comes to mind), but as tought as it was, I just trotted out a quantum physics dictionary and pressed on.
2001-10-16 12:12:01 AM  
I like that wheelchair guy!
2001-10-16 12:14:55 AM  
I have the book... I'm only 21. I think anyone that has finished highschool should be able to understand, and with the current situation of highclass learnign that our public schools offer, that just isn't much...
2001-10-16 12:17:34 AM  
Bah, that book's nothing. Now, try to get through David Foster Wallace's 'Infinite Jest'. How many modern novels come with 100+ pages of footnotes?
2001-10-16 12:22:16 AM  
Changing history? He'll need his robotic exoskeleton.
2001-10-16 12:26:32 AM  
If you know some basic physics, the book is easily understood.
2001-10-16 12:27:50 AM  
He's a truly great scientist, but looking at the picture makes me wonder, when was the last time Stephen brushed his teeth?
2001-10-16 12:34:09 AM  
OK, this is just sad. I read this book in 5th grade and understood the gyst of at least 75% of it.
2001-10-16 12:40:22 AM  
More pictures. Must be for the Americans (ducks as chairs are thrown at head).
2001-10-16 12:41:55 AM  
It's not a difficult book to read. Pretty light on the math aspect of physics. Good book though. If you have trouble finishing it, you're a moron.
2001-10-16 12:43:05 AM  
What's even more sad, is the original Brief History of Time was written specifically to be easy to read. In the foreword it says that they wanted to put no equations in the book at all except E=mc2.

BTW, I'm sure none of you care, but my great uncle is plugged in that book. pwnt
2001-10-16 12:58:52 AM  
The best was the Hawking appearance on The Simpsons!
2001-10-16 01:02:07 AM  
Tinrobot made a funny!
2001-10-16 01:04:37 AM  
I'm proud to say that I have finished the book, and understood most of it. However, I'm not certain but I think alot of the information in the book is now out of date. I hope the information gets updated, not just words cut out and pictures added.
BTW, A Brief History of Time is not the best book written on physics. I would recommend The Elegant Universe, , or Hyperspace.
2001-10-16 01:05:20 AM  
For some reason my post left out the The God Particle
2001-10-16 01:16:09 AM  
Bow down to the hawk man.
2001-10-16 01:17:55 AM  
[image from members.aol.com too old to be available] = [image from members.aol.com too old to be available]?

Doesn't Stephen Hawking sort of resemble my idol Pokey? Also, is it just me, or does Hawking look like a transvestite now?
2001-10-16 01:18:28 AM  
i think hawking is the best as mc hawking
2001-10-16 01:20:08 AM  
Woo-Hoo! I'm reading Hyperspace now! The first part could get a little cheesy with the tales of flatland but after about the halfway point it gets better. And yes...pictures must be for Americans. Even netscape has started doing a 'the world in pictures' thing weekly, I think. Sad.
2001-10-16 01:21:18 AM  
"notorious as one of the most commonly unfinished books by readers."

Good, I don't feel so bad. I have wanted to try another go at it, though... the first time I tried I was a tenth grader and had never studied physics at all. I'm still just an English major, but I remember the first part fascinated me. Then again, maybe the kiddie version is closer my unscientific-brained speed.
2001-10-16 01:24:35 AM  
EggYolk: Yeah, that picture gives him fushia lips. But, c'mon. He's a paraplegic. He's bound to be funny looking, it's not like he can help it.
2001-10-16 01:29:52 AM  
I can't help it. Honestly, people don't laugh when they look at that picture?
2001-10-16 01:35:11 AM  
Yes....Yes....but it's just so....easy. Even though I know it's wrong, I still crack up everytime I see the Intertard poster.
2001-10-16 01:39:45 AM  
But I don't that it is wrong. So I guess it is ok for me.
2001-10-16 01:43:43 AM  
Yeah, ok. I have a special place in my heart for Hawking though, I picked up 'A Brief History' when I was in sixth grade, and I think it was what really first got me interested in science, I always hated science class.
2001-10-16 01:45:35 AM  
Should be dammit.
2001-10-16 01:47:23 AM  
dammit - my image didn't work -- ack!!! That was supposed to be:

Should be [SAD] dammit.

aww forget it...

bloody physics html filterin razafruzza
2001-10-16 02:06:32 AM  
Stephen is awesome! But it just sounded silly to me: like a quantam physics picture book. I wonder if it has lil pop outs? Heehee.
2001-10-16 02:06:39 AM  
I'd say Hawking is today's Einstien
2001-10-16 02:06:49 AM  
Ok.. so you maybe this century's (and part of the past one too) einstein.. but damn dude, you sure are ugly!

no offense.. and much respect to mr hawking..heh
2001-10-16 02:07:58 AM  
D'oh... pop UPs, not OUTs
2001-10-16 02:09:25 AM  
Oooo! Anyone remember that episode of Star Trek NG where Sir Issac Newton, Einstein, Stephen Hawking, and Data sat around playing poker? Heehee COOL
2001-10-16 02:10:05 AM  
I wonder if the new book will talk about how computers will take over the planet unless we begin genetic engineering, lol.
2001-10-16 02:24:48 AM  
I think I would be more scared of a whole bunch of Stephen Hawking clones taking over the world than computers.
2001-10-16 03:11:21 AM  
I bet he is really just going to go back in time, and change history himself.
2001-10-16 03:24:32 AM  
I downloaded the audio version of his book "Brief history of blah blah" (I'm half asleep} a couple months ago. 4 30 minutes segments. I thought it wouldbe boring, at least partialy. What floored me was how extremely understandable it was. Quite entertaining. I recommend it.
2001-10-16 04:58:34 AM  
The only problem I had with ABHOT, was that it all made sense when reading it. Then someone would ask me about it, and I would try to explain, and just sound like a complete crapwit.

Is...Is he ....stupid ? No, Forrest he's one one the brightest in his class.
2001-10-16 05:40:09 AM  
I can't read or write, but I can split an atom...
2001-10-16 05:55:17 AM  
It's been a while since I read (and finished) it, but I don't remember it being difficult at all. Then again, I picked up my first astronomy book when I was 6, so I might not be the best judge.

If anyone is complaining about the difficulty of ABHOT, they should try out "Godel, Escher, Bach" by Douglas Hofstadter. That took me a year to finish, but was completely fascinating the whole time. One of the best books I ever read. If a person couldn't handle ABHOT, then this book would probably made their head explode (which might not be a bad thing, as long as I didn't have to clean up).
2001-10-16 06:09:05 AM  
Yes. But whatever you do, DO NOT read the bible.
2001-10-16 06:30:05 AM  
I once had a fight with "War and Peace" and knocked it down with one punch. And it cried like a girl.
2001-10-16 07:05:42 AM  
Is this how he makes money when he's not doing a cameo on "Son of the Beach"?
2001-10-16 07:58:31 AM  
Props to whoever submitted the headline. lol
2001-10-16 08:26:17 AM  
He's a truly great scientist, but looking at the picture makes me wonder, when was the last time Stephen brushed his teeth?

Simple. Hawking is English.

And as for books that are commonly left unfinished, I submit for your collective approval Umberto Eco's _Foucault's Pendulum_.
2001-10-16 08:38:13 AM  
He was asking "when", not "why" you stupid ignorant American.
2001-10-16 08:41:03 AM  
So, I'm not the only one that thought that _Foucaults Pendulum_ had the coherence of a book read while half asleep?
2001-10-16 08:47:49 AM  
I don't mean to demean someone with a disability but this is (as he's been dubbed) the world's smartest man. So for the world's smartest man, what has he done? Has he invented any new technologies we can use? Cures to diseases? Solved societal problems or made incredible breakthroughs in anything? Shouldn't new inventions and ideas be pouring out of this guy?
2001-10-16 08:48:54 AM  

"Hawking is English" can answer the "when" question. "Never"
2001-10-16 08:51:13 AM  
Redbull_UK: You hit it on the head, couldn't have said it better.
2001-10-16 08:52:58 AM  
i took me 2 weeks to finish November's Penthouse letters
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