It is hard to overestimate the impact of A Brief History of Time. By selling more than 10 million copies it blazed a trail for the avalanche of popular science books which pack today’s shelves. Its ideas were so fantastic, so compelling, that audiences embraced its complicated scientific arguments in order to learn about exotic entities such as black holes and quasars.
Hawking‘s book stayed on the Sunday Times bestseller list for over 4 years and it continues to challenge and enlighten to this day. There had been popular science books before of course, but this was the first time that a serious discussion of the universe, the big bang, quantum physics, space and time had really caught the attention of the public. That the work exploded into the collective consciousness to the extent that it did was due in no small part to the unique individual who created it.
The book contains a forward by Carl Sagan.
Below is a 3 hour abridged audiobook of Hawking’s magnum opus.
A Brief History of Time